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Robots are coming for your job. That might not be bad news
The problem with automation isn’t technology. The problem is capitalism. // [ Deflationary pressure, 3bn people in developing world and frontier markets unemployed, waiting to join workforce. ] [ who buys the gadgets and widgets when half the world is unemployed ] // This time, as Martin Ford argues in Rise of The Robots, education and upscaling won’t help us. There will simply be fewer jobs to go around, as everything from accountancy to journalism will be done faster, cheaper and more efficiently by machines. The result, as Jerry Kaplan agrees in Humans Need Not Apply, is that billions will be left destitute – unless we radically rethink our way of keeping people fed.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
E-Commerce is a Bear — Medium
Only two start-ups have properly challenged Amazon over the past decade: Zappos and Diapers. [...] Having spent time with Tony Hsieh and Alfred Lin, the leadership duo who built Zappos, and Marc Lore and Vinit Bharara, the founders of Diapers, I can tell you: these are intense competitors who recognized the best outcome was to join forces with the industry leader. So if Amazon is the low cost winner of selling brands online, if they are acquiring their best competitors, and if their everyday low prices are available to the entire country via a mechanical turk algorithm which is guaranteed to beat you, how do you compete? [...] [ eBay pure p2p marketplace ] [...] This next generation of e-commerce companies is as much about what you exclude as what you include. // &! only up for grabs (Amazon model) is in the developing world & emerging market - for entrepreneurs - & only possible double digit returns for investors. and the battle has already begun ... since like 05/09 China/India ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
3 biggest misconceptions about the music industry and Jay-Z’s Tidal (which is doomed anyway) | PandoDaily
But the reason most artists are not compensated properly for their work has been the same since the advent of recorded music: Record labels. According to a report from the audit firm Ernst & Young, record labels net 45.6 percent of the revenue created by streaming music. The supposedly evil, greedy platform itself — which in this particular study was limited to Spotify and Deezer — only takes home 20.8 percent. After 16.7 percent is taken out for taxes, that leaves 10 percent for songwriters and publishers, and 6.8 percent for artists. And even if Tidal makes users pay (upwards of $20 for the highest sound quality!) artists will still have the same shitty record deals and see the same shitty ratios they’ve had for decades. [...] Even as Spotify has grown its total user base, the number of paid subscribers has held steady at only 25 percent. [ future is to divorce content discovery & distribution from revenue/income streams, bc digital is commodity! ] &! TC Rant Video tcrn.ch/1BYSfL2
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Warner Bros. Gets Ready to Bet on YouTube With a Machinima Investment | Re/code
Machinima’s long road for this round is partly a reflection of its own problems — several of the company’s top executives have left in the last year, it has had multiple layoff rounds, and is looking for a replacement for CEO and founder Allen DeBevoise — and may also be related to issues many video producers are having as they try to make money on YouTube. Even companies that garner lots of eyeballs on the world’s biggest video site — and Machinima says it generates billions of views a month — have had a hard time turning that into a profitable business, because ad rates are low and much of the money they do make goes back to YouTube.
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march 2014 by asterisk2a

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