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11/04/14
Watch-Outs. 73. Technology changing our Landscapes
Filed under: Position Searching, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 1:42 pm

Do you read hardcopy newspaper for your current
events news, or watch video feeds, or employ a
browser to collect information from Flipboard,
Huffington Post, msn, or leading online newspapers?
Unintended consequences of our race to keep
informed as efficiently as we can, have others
select the content for us.

Look around and observe all the changes that
technological trends are producing by adaptation
and trial and error efforts to support ourselves.
There are many things that reveal structural
changes in our work environments that we should
be observing and paying attention to.

BROWSERS REPLACING BOOKSTORES
SOURCE:  T. Teachout, WSJ 10-24-14, “Closing
our browsers:  “Without brick and mortar bookstores,
what happens to browsing?”

How many times have you searched for a specific
reference and inadvertently found something even
more interesting?  This possibility seems to be
rapidly going away as we become sequestered (using
a government term) into using the Internet for more
things.  This leaves the old fashioned “gum-shoe”
actions of informal browsing an activity of the past.

There is more to it– this article suggests as bookstores
close and many more buy their content either
digitally delivered or via Amazon.

SHOPPING MALLS BECOME OFFICE COMPLEXES,
WAREHOUSES AND DATA STORAGE CENTERS
SOURCE:  D. Fitzgerald and P. Ziobro, WSJ 11-4-14
p. B6, Malls fill vacant stores with server rooms

This article hints at multiple secondary uses of
brick and mortar facilities, that we urge readers,
provide changes and opportunities, if you are ready. 

Several people I know have shared office spaces
in an old warehouse.  Medical offices for records
and accounting are more often in former malls
that replace typical big name retailers.

In strategically advantaged locations (with electricity,
light, telecom connections, and suitable fire protection)
well trained computer scientists set up and run
data-farms in former retail outlets.

PETROLEUM RESOURCE RICH LOCALITIES
BATTLING FRACKING PRODUCTION
SOURCE:  L. Eaton, WSJ 11-4-14, p. B1
Fracking’s unlikely Battleground

In the Barnett Shale region of Texas, a traditional
hotbed of pro-drilling activity, a voter initiative
to ban fracking is being tested today.  It is based on
exposure to and toxicology of the chemicals in
the surrounding area to fracking facilities.


Related to this is a terrific summary of a meeting
in August in San Francisco of the early determinations
and observations of the fracking revolution.
In the review, Robert Stevenson impartially discusses
the process, the concerns, the risks and elements
of regulation.  If this topic is of interest or concern
this review is a targeted technical assessment.

BONUS:
CROWDSOURCING IN PATENT REVIEWS
SOURCE: “Anyone ever done this before?  Patent
office turns to crowdsourcing

While “browsing” on one topic (crowdsourcing) and
exploring where it might lead, a mighty and helpful
“factoid” was uncovered.
The PTO is seeking ideas and strategies to examine
prior art for new patent applications in its search
for improving the patent approval process.

The new director (M. Lee) and Presidential Innovation
Fellow (C. Wong) are facilitating processes to improve
private and public sector cooperation in a beneficial
way in PTO operations.


 

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