Asia’s First, If Not The World’s First, Fully Automated Container Terminal In Port Of Qingdao, China

As of late, people all over the world are taking notice how China has become a leader in the port industry.  For an example, in 2016, August 10th, if I got the date right, Chinese shipping group, China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco), completed the majority purchase of Greece’s Piraeus port.  Since then, Cosco has turned Piraeus into one of the leading ports in the world.  Just now, China is taking its port business into the next level by turning a terminal at Port of Qingdao into a fully automated container terminal.  This means no human involvement is needed on most of the port container activities at this terminal.  Well, you get a better idea if you watch the video right after the break.

As China is continuing to automate its industries, I wonder how will they cope with more unemployment.  On business level though, things will be a lot more efficient in productivities and costs, but at what costs to the traditional social values such as full employment?  Of course, certain traditional social values can always be updated or let go, but employment is one of the things that help put foods on the table for a modern fellow.  Without employment, one would go hungry pretty fast or whatever a bad case that would be.

With roughly 1.4 billion plus population, if I’m not off on the number, China would be in big trouble if so many people won’t be able to find jobs.  Automation will definitely create unemployment problem to be even more acute than ever before.  Right now though, opportunities seem to be abundant in China still, because even some foreigners are leaving their home countries to travel to China for job opportunities.  Nonetheless, once automation becomes evermore prevalent in China, I wonder how the opportunity picture in China would form.  I can see the applications of automation will make China be evermore competitive in many global industries.  In this case it would be all about the port/shipping industry.

Advertisements

Education Of Tomorrow Won’t Be So Static As The Current One

As 21st century moves along, I think education will eventually take up a new shape.  The future is here, because new technologies in communication and learning keep on happening.  This means in the future children and adults alike will have more choices of how to go about learning something.  Furthermore, artificial intelligence may just take over the teachers’ job one day, because new information can always be fed into AI’s algorithms that could be helpful to how teaching would be done in the future.

Of course, I don’t think futuristic educational system would bring education into only homeschool situation.  In fact I think without real interaction among real human fellow students, no matter how excellent a futuristic educational system could become the students would not be able to excel.  I think students’ cooperation in activities such as teamwork is very important, because besides learning just facts students could enhance real life experiences such as how to help each other out in completing a project and whatnot.

Still, I think the futuristic educational system might be very different than what we have now, because robots will be able to communicate with humans as if they’re human.  Thus, robots with super intelligent artificial brains could become both teachers and fellow students to help human students learn better.

While we think of the positive possibilities of a futuristic educational system, we should also take a closer look at what we’re having now.  I think the current educational system may not be able to do a good job in preparing the students for an even faster, ever changing future.  As we speak, many forms of communication allow messages and information to transform the world at breakneck speed.  If we throw in the futuristic artificial intelligence aspect, the future might very well be operating at a faster speed than now.  Right now though, the current education system isn’t fast enough in updating educational courses to stay relevant with time.  Thus, students can only learn what had happened and won’t be ready for a totally different future.

I could be exaggerating a bit, but what if whatever students learn right now could not help them find a job when they’re ready to enter the workforce?  Perhaps, what they are learning right now could be outdated in a few years, and nobody could help them when they are ready for the job market.  As earth population size increases and communication becomes even faster, the competitiveness of the world workforce can only be increased.  This means more people are going to compete for the same skills and jobs.  Jobs are finite, and so not everyone will be able to bring the bacon home.  Without a proper education, such a population will be missing out in competitiveness.

When we throw artificial intelligence into the equation of tomorrow, the probability of finding a good job in the future would be shrunk to many times more.  After all, artificial intelligence could provide efficient and smart automation, and these capabilities could outperform the human touch.  In my opinion, as time ticks along, I can see a future where humans would face so much competition that without a proper education the situation could only become ever more severe.  Nonetheless, no students would be able to get proper education if the education system of today can only be so static.

Furthermore, if teachers of today are not being paid adequately, the breakdown of the current education system is already at a critical juncture.  Of course, the future will come eventually, but don’t we also have to worry about right now?  Thus I think besides providing a good education, the people who are striving to make the education better such as teachers should be receiving a very good care and pay from the education system.

19 Year Old Girl Can’t Get A Job For Not Being Able To Prove Her American Citizenship

I’ve found an interesting YouTube video.  In this video, Alecia Faith Pennington claims that she cannot prove her American citizenship and has no social security number as she was born at home and home school all her life.  Furthermore, she did not have any hospital record, and her parents are unwilling to help her proving her identity for whatever reasons I do not know.  Perhaps for religious reasons?  I don’t know this 19 year old girl at all, because she is a stranger to me.  Nonetheless, her case is either a hoax or real, and if it’s real then she is indeed in big big trouble.  Without proper identification such as social security number, she cannot really get a job or moving forward in American society since she is actually living in United States of America.  Whatever the case, I think it’s a very interesting YouTube video, and so I’m sharing it with everyone.  If she is making this YouTube video for a prank of sort, then you and I are wasting our time and concern for her and her video.  Nonetheless, if she is really experiencing this bizarre situation, then I think if anyone has the ability to get this girl out of trouble should look into her case if pro bono feeling is strong.

Can Role Playing Help Create Jobs?

When it comes to video game, role playing is always an element that has to be considered in developing a video game.  How come?  Whether role playing is essential to the whole video game or not, it does serve a function of allowing a game developer to know what direction that he or she or an entity needs to take in order for a video game to be coherent.  Who could have thought though that role playing in video game is too does serve a purpose in reality.  What I mean by this will be expanded later on within this blog post, but for now let me doodle about the reality.

Within a family, everyone has got a role to play.  Dad and mom work to feed kids, and kids go to school so they can be well rounded so one day they can take over the roles of mom and dad.  The cycle spins on into the end of humanity’s time.  Right?  Well, it has been like this for thousands of years, but thousands of years past had never seen the planet earth that is so overpopulated as now.  Furthermore, technologies of today allow robotics to take over many functionalities that humans once played a central role in producing and servicing products and services.  Can the traditional role playing of the reality be sustainable?

As technologies become more productive, the job market has less needs for some human capitals and as the surplus of human capitals increases each day through lifestyle improvements made possible by advanced technologies and medicines, humanity is now facing the possibility of seeing less available roles for role playing by us humans.  On the top of everything, the world is evermore interconnected to the point that world companies can be shuffled around parts of the world to receive the benefits of having tax breaks and political favors and whatnot, and this will furthermore pushes parts of the world to experience job losses.  With less jobs to go around as modernity’s conditions have it, there will be less roles for role playing to go around!

The question is, what can we do about this?  The traditional thinking is that kids must learn the best of the best of whatever (e.g., get into the best school, get the best outside school experiences, etc…) in order for them to be ready to join the modernity work force.  Without the necessary experiences and backgrounds, we say that these kids will not be well rounded for life.  Nonetheless, we know that the future might not have enough roles for role playing to go around, how on earth by having the best of the best experiences of whatnot can help these kids compete in such environment?  Perhaps, role playing is the key to answer this very question?

I imagine that at such a point in the near future, we might have to settle with how well rounded kids and adults alike taking turn playing the same roles.  Not every teacher can teach the same subject!  Not every teacher can always be a teacher!  Nobody is omnipotence in knowledge and whatnot!  Each and every one of us humans on this planet does serve a purpose, and this purpose is to live as well as we can.  So when each and every one of us can switch roles from time to time accordingly, each and every one of us can learn new experiences.  Furthermore, switching role allows us humans to be able to either partly or fully resolve the unemployment problem, because there will be roles for role playing.

Of course, how do we carry out this role playing idea in reality is totally a different story.  After all, we have owners and workers, right?  Owners are the ones who actually spend their own money to keep their businesses humming.  In the corporation types of business, the owners will be more about shareholders and CEOs, because things are more decentralized.  Nonetheless, what if the true owners of whatever entities decide that except the first among equals, everyone else is a fair game for role playing.  By doing this, you never know a company can get lucky in developing a talent that is so competitive that would blow out one’s mind.  How?  By giving a person a chance of learning new experiences in a new role, one might never know that such a person might find such a role has shaped a person into a more capable person in whatever.  Furthermore, role playing ensures one from hoarding power and does stupid unchecked things that might harm an entity.  Why?  After all, he or she may assume that his or her next role might not be so glamorous, and so it would not be wise for such a person to be power tripping.  Of course, there are a lot of things that might be disadvantages for role playing.  Here I list few disadvantages:

  • Person who switches to new role might not like the experiences and perform poorly.
  • Without a permanent role, a role playing person might take a role less serious, thus such a person might perform lazily.
  • In a powerful role, a person might behave badly since he or she may assume that such a role might never be there for him or her to role playing again.
  • How do a company hire and fire an employee in role playing job market?
  • Do a company fire a person from a role only, or do a person has to be fired from the company entirely?
  • It’s hard for a company to determine the salary or wage for a role player in constant role playing changing environment.  This might make the company’s payroll a lot more complex.
  • Important and powerful roles might have the power to fire and hire.  With great power comes great responsibility, can these roles be safe to have them be switched by various role players?  Perhaps, such a firing and hiring responsibilities should only be in the hand of first among the equals?  This means, first among the equals has to get down and dirty when it comes down to hiring and firing.

Obviously, there are a lot of things that might be negative for switching roles in the reality, but there also might be a lot of things that are positives when role playing does perform.  One most noticeable positive I had mentioned earlier is all about there will be enough roles for role playing.  With less job losses and more jobs to go around, more roles to play, the world will see less poverty and foods will be on more tables.  Bring home the bacon will no longer be a problem as more bacons can be brought home by role players.  In my opinion, role playing is a possible solution for a future job market where there are less jobs to be found.  It’s just an idea and I’m not an expert on assessing the big picture of a future job market, and so I do think you read this blog post with a grain of salt.