Sunday, July 6, 2014

Daily Thoughts 07/06/2014

Man Writing A Letter, Gabriel Metsu, 1664

Daily Thoughts 07/06/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Zero Marginal Cost Society.  Each chapter covers a separate issue which could be a book unto itself.  This makes the reading light and expansive with a lot of positive statements and not a huge amount of depth.  Right now, I am reading about how work is going to change.  Capital is increasingly being substituted for labor this is not just in the manufacturing sector, it is also in many white collar jobs.  For example law firms now do some of their research with advanced computer algorithms.  Another example of capital replacing labor is when automated robots are used to make clothing, cars, and other manufactured goods.  This causes increases in productivity without increases in jobs.  It is not something which mainstream economics is addressing that much.

I read a little bit more of A History of Seven Killings by Marlon James.  Some of the chapters are about a ghost who follows around his murderer.  This is not scary so much as very dark and a bit angst ridden.  Occasionally, the ghost sees other ghosts.

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