One trend I actively follow is automation. In 20 years, what jobs will be done by robots? With new advancements in technology, it’s not just the routine data entry and labor jobs that are in danger anymore. Robots can now analyze emotions, perform surgical operations, even drive semi-trucks across the country. All these developments beg the … Continue reading Humans are Underrated
Technology is changing everything, from the way we eat and drive, to how we communicate and work. The “digitalization of everything” is changing how we work and therefore the skills we need to do our work. Brookings produced a study in late 2017 that is highlighted below and here is a link to the full study. Here … Continue reading The Digitalization of Everything
Over the past few months, Amazon has been very public about their search for a second headquarters. (They have looked at 238 different cities.) I wanted to share a bit of this process and what it might mean to the economic development communities across the country. The Amazon announcement will play out over the next year, but … Continue reading Amazon Headquarters Selection Process
What would you do if you had an unlimited budget to improve your company’s next office renovation? Below is a great article detailing what some tech giants are doing to their interior design to keep their employees happy, productive and in the office. One simple takeaway is that these companies are doing THE most innovative and comprehensive buildout you … Continue reading How Tech Office Space Sets the Bar for Everyone Else
In this narrative I talk about disruption quite a bit. My own industry, brokerage, is in the bullseye of all tech companies. Below is a Forbes article discussing how technology will do 90% of my job within a decade. Scary, right? Here are some highlights of this work: – Automation may be capable of taking … Continue reading Getting Disrupted
If you’ve been following this narrative for a while, you know that one of my favorite topics is how technology is disrupting the world around us. Of all the technology I’ve covered, by far the most exciting development is autonomous vehicles. Almost every major tech company is involved in this technology, from Uber, to Alphabet … Continue reading Autonomous Vehicles
Finally. Maybe? No shot!! Those were my immediate thoughts when I read the below article. The war over office temperatures has been fought for decades. The ability to heat and cool their space for themselves, is one of the biggest issues our tenants have. In Arizona, this is compounded by the heat and sunlight beating on … Continue reading Finally! A Possible Solution to Thermostat Wars
I remember in high school (proud graduate class of ’79 Buena High School in Sierra Vista, AZ) my economics teacher Joe Bob Cole told us that the person or company that figured out how to make solar power economical would be rich. Fast forward 38 years (I just felt really old typing that) and guess … Continue reading World’s First Solar Panel Road
Months ago, I wrote a narrative on old warehouses becoming indoor farms. (Click here to read.) Now, we are seeing shipping containers being used to grow produce. No transportation costs and no packaging costs are clear advantages of this new way of farming. Here are are few more: – Each 320 sq. ft. box has the growing power to … Continue reading Shipping Containers and Farming?
3D printing is by far one of the most exciting and innovative technologies hitting the market today. But most people have no idea how far along the technology has come. From ears to planes, car parts to prosthetic limbs, and now entire office buildings, 3D printers are already creating amazing things and disrupting entire industries in the … Continue reading A 3D-Printed Building?