This is not a race against the machines. If we race against them, we lose. This is a race with the machines. You’ll be paid in the future based on how well you work with robots. Ninety percent of your coworkers will be unseen machines. Most of what you do will not be possible without them. And there will be a blurry line between what you do and what they do. You might no longer think of it as a job, at least at first, because anything that seems like drudgery will be done by robots.
Kevin Kelly wired article Better Than Human

In the coming years our relationships with robots will become ever more complex. But already a recurring pattern is emerging. No matter what your current job or your salary, you will progress through these Seven Stages of Robot Replacement, again and again:

1.A robot/computer cannot possibly do the tasks I do. 2. OK, it can do a lot of them, but it can’t do everything I do. 3. OK, it can do everything I do, except it needs me when it breaks down, which is often. 4.OK, it operates flawlessly on routine stuff, but I need to train it for new tasks. 5. OK, it can have my old boring job, because it’s obvious that was not a job that humans were meant to do. 6.Wow, now that robots are doing my old job, my new job is much more fun and pays more! 7. I am so glad a robot/computer cannot possibly do what I do now.
Kevin Kelly wired article Better Than Human
Everyone will have access to a personal robot, but simply owning one will not guarantee success. Rather, success will go to those who innovate in the organization, optimization, and customization of the process of getting work done with bots and machines. Geographical clusters of production will matter, not for any differential in labor costs but because of the differential in human expertise. It’s human-robot symbiosis. Our human assignment will be to keep making jobs for robots—and that is a task that will never be finished. So we will always have at least that one “job.”
Kevin Kelly wired article Better Than Human

one day the internet is going to be awesome

for now it sucks.

I just got a reminder in my inbox (the new gmail inbox, which i havent had a chance to audit yet) from tourb.us that clap your hands say yeah are performing the bowery ballroom next tuesday. I got excited b/c its Jennas birthday on monday and we could go to the concert together as part of the festivities. So I went to the bowery website and to my dismay I was shown this:

clap nothing

What good is tourb.us if the concert is sold out. There has to be a better service out there, that aggregates my listening habits and tells me when the tickets go on sale. I think I have seen a couple of yahoo pipes mashups that do just that I dont know how useful they are Ill have to take a look.

I cant wait for the day when I will be able to provide all my listening habits (last.fm, ipod, hypem, itunes, etc) to a service and they can go ahead and tell me how to see these bands in concert. Why doesnt ticketmaster do this? Why arent the record labels creating apps to find me? How about livenation? What about freaking facebook?

Whoever ends up doing it will help the make the world a better place. I guess its a blessing in disguise that the service is not around just yet b/c as writing this rant, I realized I should be saving my money these days and not going to concerts.