This semesters DA and Podcast #1

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Okie dokie, yo.

This semester I am trying something new; podcasts!

Which i uploaded on Google Drive until I get my act together and can post quality content on Soundcloud.
Basically the text here will be what I didnt say in my podcast, and it will probably become a permanent fixture for my DA.
Forgotten things:

– all research for my DA comes through personal experience and the guidance of other fanoage admins who are kind enough to help me

– i will avoid mentioning names of promoters and those who help me because i would rather not disclose that information

– i will vlog the concerts I go to and the upload them onto a YouTube channel.

– might have a hashtag for people to ask me questions on; and run it through my uni Twitter account to build a business OP
Here is the podcast:https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6ciqjCPYo9ESDc5b203Y3M4TWs/view?usp=drivesdk

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The Digital Presence of the Alt-Right In The Trump Reign

Last semester I produced a digital artifact that examined the rise, conditions and methods of the ‘Alt-Right’. Back then, while I regarded the alt-right as a disturbing evolution of nationalism, I still honestly doubted the main stream public support for Donald Trump. Those were the days. For my current digital artifact I intend to re-examine […]

via Now What? The Digital Presence of the Alt-Right In The Trump Reign — (hardly) Working Title

Amazon and Automation: What does this mean for our consumers, retailers, and workers?

With months of speculation, Amazon finally seems poised to officially enter the Australian marketplace with a ‘Amazon insider’ telling The New Daily  that they’ll have arrived ‘no later than 2017 to early 2018’. This aligns with other sources such as Business Insider noting on January 17th that Amazon had ‘more than 100 job vacancies listed for Australia’, one of these roles detailed hinted at ‘revolutionising… the grocery shopping experience’ to include fresh food delivery in the roll-out. Amazon also surprise launched their ‘Prime Video’ service in November 2016 to compete with the already cut-throat local competition.

So it seems Amazon’s arrival is near, but what does this mean for retailers? Watermark Funds Investment chief investment officer Justin Braitling was quoted stating their plan is to undercut the market by ‘around 30%’, with their intentions to effectively ‘destroy’ the status quo. Looking at a report by Credit Suisse reflects these concerns, envisaging JB HIFI could see up to a 33% decline in profits, with Myer topping even that at 55%.

Despite these concerns, others such as Danny Ing, the founder of inventory management software ‘Cin7’, see Amazon’s marketplace as a miraculous opportunity for small businesses in particular who can now ‘open up a massive new market’ and become part of a ‘globalised cottage industry’. This means that Amazon’s global 300 million users will now be accessible and will facilitate rapid growth for choice Australian sellers.

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Amazon’s ‘Echo’ combined with ‘Alexa’ app automates your home and acts as a personal assistant.

With promise of creating jobs and expanding the marketplace for consumers, it’s important to remember that ‘the workers they are hiring aren’t the same ones being laid off’, so says Harvard economics professor Lawrence Katz. In the US we can see that department stores have felt the impact of online retailers, letting go ‘thousands of staff in recent months’. While businesses and employees around Australia haven’t been similarly affected yet, this will surely change soon with the ‘incredible efficiency of Amazon’s distribution system’ which is unparalleled locally.

Gerry Harvey, bless the man, boldly states that ‘If they’ve [Amazon] got a cheaper price we will match that price, and we’ll give them the service, delivery and after sales service and they will be a lot happier than if they dealt with Amazon.’ Professor Mark Ritson rebukes those claims however, noting that regardless of what Gerry says ‘in front of the cameras’, it will be different behind closed doors. ‘He wants to communicate that Harvey Norman will match Amazon penny for penny for the consumers, but the reality is you can’t do that, and he knows it.’

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Amazon Go, currently only available to Amazon employees in Seattle, allows customers to pick out their food and it will automatically bill you for it when you walk out the door.

Woolworths, taking a more pragmatic approach, has moved its in-house technology infrastructure over to Microsoft’s Azure network to ensure scalability and reliability for particularly busy periods. Understandably, they didn’t opt for Amazon’s own cloud service, Amazon Web Services.

In my preliminary research, I’ve seen two common concerns with Amazon’s entrance according to internet commentators. Firstly, that Amazon must have a solution to Australia Post’s woeful delivery times. A commenter using the handle ‘NegativeZero’ attributes the success of the free ‘Prime’ delivery system to the ‘godawful minimum wage… (so they can have more drivers doing deliveries)’ combined with the postal services in the US being ‘miles ahead of Australia Post in both cost and service quality’. Having both a comparably high minimum wage, and a lacking postal service, presents a barrier for Amazon.

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Amazon Fresh provides same-day delivery for groceries in US cities

Secondly, and the issue I’ll be most focusing on for my research report, is concern for the jobs of those affected by the automation of process like warehouse logistics, order fulfillment and distribution.

With unimaginable working conditions, and the cost to solve them, we can see why Amazon would be happy moving towards automation. The NY Times cites of Amazon’s efficiency; ‘they don’t use as much labor’. The profit of these ‘superstar firms’ is therefor ‘split among fewer workers.’

In Creating the Global Shopping Mall: The Case of Amazon, Voigt notes Amazon’s acquisition of Kiva Systems (now Amazon Robotics) which manufactured storage robot to improve the fulfillment process (p. 73, 2016). And, while Amazon’s warehouses aren’t devoid of human workers yet, ‘Amazon continues its work on removing the human element from this too’, according to David D’Souza of CIPD London.

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Amazon Prime Air‘s ’30 minutes or less’ delivery system is currently is trialing in the US, UK, Austria and Israel.

Co-Founder of Kiva Systems, Raffaeollo D’Andrea, wrote in A Revolution in the Warehouse: A Retrospective on Kiva Systems and the Grand Challenges Ahead that the ‘average mean time between failure of mobile robots at the time was 8 hours’. With a 1000 strong robotic workforce, there would be 3000 incidents every day. Using innovative but cheap sensors, GPS systems, and clever algorithms vastly increased productivity (p. 638, 2012). D’Andrea believes that ‘robotics and automation cannot only create new markets, but also revolutionize established ones’ as evidenced by Amazon’s domination ‘stateside’, and possibly soon in Australia.

 


This was a quick, preliminary look at sources of interest for my research project into the automation of the work-force, using Amazon’s Australian debut in particular as a case study. In the coming weeks I’ll be refining my inquiry, and definitely utilising more academic and industry sources.

Science in CyberCulture

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The Internet has created a global network connecting scientists around the world and enabling collaboration and innovation. But many new complications have also arisen within developing cybercultures and citizen involvement.

References

Ala.org.au. (2017). Citizen Science – Atlas of Living Australia. [online] Available at: http://www.ala.org.au/get-involved/citizen-science/ [Accessed 21 Mar. 2017].

Cass Sunstein, “Polarisation and Cybercascades,” in Republic.com 2.0, Princeton University Press, 2007, pp.46-98

Jansma, S. (2017). Cybercascades in Twitter. [online] Masters of Media. Available at: http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/blog/2010/10/09/cybercascades-in-twitter/ [Accessed 21 Mar. 2017].

Trench, B. (2017). [online] Available at: http://doras.dcu.ie/14807/1/internet_science_communication.pdf [Accessed 21 Mar. 2017].

Warden, R. (2017). The Internet and science communication: blurring the boundaries. NBCI. [online] Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3234032/ [Accessed 21 Mar. 2017].

Whaling.oldweather.org. (2017). Old Weather: Whaling. [online] Available at: https://whaling.oldweather.org/#/about [Accessed 23 Mar. 2017].

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Impact of Emerging Technologies on Future Employment

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Within modern society, technology has been at the forefront of dramatically reshaping life as we know it.  In recent years we have seen an exponential increase in the pace at which we see societal change, as well as an increase in the capacity of innovation. This shift into what is being coined as, ‘The Digital Age’, is through ‘emerging technologies‘.

The list of emerging technologies is constantly growing, with robots, VR, smartphones, 3D printing and online communications being a few recently trending. These technologies are broad-based in their scope and significant in their ability to transforming existing businesses and personal lives (West, D.M 2015). The adoption of this digital age has prompted concerns that emerging information and communication technologies will have a dramatic impact on employment, which will see both growing demand for new skills and occupations, as well as job losses in a number of more vulnerable industries (Angus, C 2015).

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DIGC335: Blog post#1

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Make Low-poly graphic great again:

A critical study about the state of low-poly graphic, its applications and manifestations

 

This project will set out to first and foremost, discuss low-poly graphic not only as one of the thriving art forms of the popular culture, but also as a concept, a fundamentally artistic yet conceptual way of observing reality via an abnormal perspective or perhaps, for the sake of clarity, a state of mind. Subsequently, the papers will then aim to inform readers more about the technicalities of low-poly graphic, its history and development, primary usage and functionality as well as its stylistic variations. Finally, myself as the author and a practitioner of the graphic design discipline will hopefully be able provide a thorough demonstration about the artistic process of making a low-poly graphic piece while giving rise to my perpetual concerns about the state of the art form and ways…

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