We are still deciding on some details, but you can use this document as template for your short story submissions (or just to write your fiction). As you’ll see, it’s a fairly simple template; more often than not our problem with submissions is that authors tried to do something fancy with their formatting, when that’s absolutely not needed. I’ve included an example of formatting for quoted style and dashed style dialogues —just use the one more common in your language.
Unfortunately prices aren’t adjusted to costs unless there’s proper competition. If rivals can’t make the upfront investment for all the needed robotics, the automated industries will just keep prices at their optimal maximum and rack in the profits. It’s not a coincidence corporations have more cash than ever right now.
From Jim Watchman comment in this Marketwatch’s story:
This plus they had to prove in court that there was no distinguishable difference from their products to Samsungs products during the lawsuit.…that hurt. Consumers now know by Apples testimony there is no advantage in paying 4x more for their product.
Pure genius if true.
Another TED Conversations reply:
Oh, I’m not arguing that there’s a large number (albeit MBTI surveys put the number of introverts at a few points over 50%), but that for the achievers that are, their introversion is portraited positively after it led them to success in tasks that require a lot of reflection. My question is if that quality (or at least, the possibility of having a kind of introversion that leads to achievements) is recognized and valued in people, at least in an equal level with extroversion, when they are still everywomen and everymen.
Gates’ success was established early as a garage entrepeneur, the larger the company became the more executive staff he had for Human Resource management. His position was to give direction and vision to the company, and there’s only so many key people he would have needed to actively address for that. Plus, email doesn’t require that much interaction.
There’s introverted thinking, but also introverted feeling, introverted sensing, introverted judgement… the key meaning of introversion is a person that doesn’t become tired of being inside their own head. Introverted people can be perfectly sociable, except it’s an activity that fatigues them more than usual. Same way that for certain social feats an individual has to be able to endure a lot of interaction, for certain creative feats an individual has to be able to endure a lot of deep introspection.
As someone that has taken part in brainstormings for screenwriting, I can assure you, it’s one thing to read other people’s thoughts and add them to one’s reflection, and a very different one to sit half a dozen people around a table and ask them to create a superior product by comitee. That belief that two heads are always better than one could very well exemplify what I was wondering about, that in some cultures (not necessarily country-wide, it could be for example a certain corporate culture), achievements may be always expected to be done by comitee, even while individual feats are admired.
En retrospectiva creo que habría preferido plantearlo de otro modo; he aquí el debate:
Introversion: is it regarded as normal in your country/culture?
History offers a rather positive view of introverts: the lone explorers, the poets, the genius scientists, the artists, the philosophers, are often portraited as powered by the particular qualities of introspection. But the day to day social reality within their local tribe may be rather different. Introverts may be admired from afar, but depending on the culture, not so much in their neighborhood.
This is not a big deal except when new generations are raised with only one role model in mind, and this role being a good marketer or short term social achiever, while the value of reflection and self examination is underestimated –note: not of ‘thinking’ per se, as that’s not equivalent to ‘introversion’.
My question is, does your country and culture have a model of introverted behaviour that is perceived as a normal social identity? If that’s the case, what do you think that differentiates how young people is raised in your country/culture, as opposed to those in which introversion is not considered a normal behaviour? And the most important question, what parts of that education and enviroment do you think that could be exported elsewhere?
My reply to this question.
Honest question: When we replace more and more jobs with those of robots, what happens to all the people who are now unemployed? Do we just keep making more jobs for them?
Theoretically menial jobs that currently are uneconomical and that are still hard to robotize will increase their relative value. Maybe nobody would give you more than 2 cents for giving a hug, but when machines make food ridiculously cheap, you probably will be able to buy a kilo of oranges for 2 cents.
The problem is, current economic policies and financial interests don’t allow for such massive devaluations (see the resistance to mark to market housing prices) nor for massive inflation. Everybody will try to prevent a kilo of oranges to become worth 2 cents, and they will also try to prevent salaries ballooning up until a kilo of oranges is relatively worth 2 cents. I guess this old fake economy will shrink as it becomes more and more a luxury economy, and the real economy, with many “unemployed” self producers and service suppliers, will degrade, as many products, services, infrastructures and properties are still trapped in the older economy and unavailable for the new.
(Disclaimer: I’m not an economist.)