The Robots are Taking Over

Pixie taking a break at her home in Mardis Gras World. She is used to fulfill the company’s mass produce orders such as the cows in Chik Fil A’s national billboards.
A couple years ago, I met a person who was teaching grade schoolers how to think like a programmer. To me, that’s how we’re going to have to prep for the future. Any job you can think of can be replaced by AI and robots at some point. It’s just a matter of when and whether we are ready to accept it (most likely, when it becomes convenient for everyone).

More recently my wife and I went to New Orleans for our honeymoon, we checked out Mardis Gras World and took a tour. It was awesome to see the non-profit company staffed by plenty of artist who are drawing, sculpting, and painting the massive Mardis Gras floats. One of the highlights of the tour was the robot they recently acquired that can do amazing, detailed work.

Apparently there’s been more than enough concern about robots taking over the world that our tour guide had to clarify the company’s intention. The fear of replacing artist with robots is alleviated with the idea that robots are just another set of tools. It actually helps the resident artist free up time when they need their focus on preparing for mardis gras. In other words, why not automate when there is mass demand? An artist’s time is better spent being creative rather than doing repetitive work and who better to train for repetitive work than a robot. Kern Studio’s Mardis Gras World is a prime example of a company who is embracing the future and allocating resources efficiently. So efficient that I can leave you with the following lasting image:
Santa Clause and King Kong because why not?
 Thoughts? Feel free to comment below or holler at me.

Discovering Your Genius

So what does Jay Z have to do with IT? Well, I sincerely believe he was going somewhere with encouraging a person to find his/her genius level talent and what I’ve experienced as IT Support is people’s fear of IT and that we make things complicated. It seems like the IT department is trying to stop you from expressing your genius.

I discovered, however, blame cannot be solely on IT. Each person has to know his/her genius. For example, if a marketing person was to tell me, “We want you to put this message on the website” and as a webmaster I type in “this message” on the website the expectation is not the same as the result. Both the marketer and myself have to take responsibility for our inaction/action. Marketing has to be clear what gets posted otherwise I’m going to make assumptions.

That last paragraph was just a small sample but you can see how convoluted it can get. At the end of the day, both our genius has to shine. That marketing person I’m working with wants her vision on the internet. I want to program and distribute the message online in this marketing campaign. Let’s not stop each other from exercising our genius just because of assumptions. Communicate clear, define roles, and help each other be the best we can be. Be that genius.

Comments? Suggestion? Brah, you know where I stay. Hit me up.