No more strikes
[Re: Politicians must end tube chaos, Friday]
There is another way. In an era when huge ships plough the ocean, and vast aircraft fly the skies under the control of automated systems, just how difficult would it be to automate trains running along fixed tracks? Already US firms are trialling automated cars, which have to cope with a much more complex set of variables. Sticking to a system of drivers in cabs can only be regarded as Luddite. True, the level of skills of the few remaining control staff would have to be an order of magnitude higher than at present, but the benefits otherwise are legion: one being no strikes.
[Re: Bill Gates is gone and the dot-com era is over: It’s only the end of the beginning, Friday]
The first wave of the dot-com era is over, and the consequences for the original tech giants, primarily Microsoft, will be far-reaching. The company’s sheer size seems to have held it back relative to its more innovative rivals, and its consumer-facing products continually fail to excite. Already the firm faces pressure from investors to focus on the predictable revenues of enterprise technology. This would see it go the way of IBM, which former Microsoft chief Steve Balmer described as an “irrelevant” firm.
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