Weekend Reads – 12/30/2017

Hope you all had an awesome 2017 and have plans to make 2018 even better! Here are some weekend reads you should check out before you head off for NYE festivities.

Non-Tech

  • The top development stories of 2017 (Utah real estate, not software dev). Utah is exploding with growth, and Salt Lake City is undergoing drastic retransformation. I’ve lived in SLC for 19 years, and I’ve seeing more change in the last 3 years than the last 16 combined. By the way, if you live in SLC, this link is worth subscribing to. Excellent coverage of real estate development in the area. (Building Salt Lake)
  • America’s Worst Graveyard Shift Is Grinding Up Workers. This article reminds me of the poor working conditions described in Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”. Unfortunately, the horrors described in the book continue to this day. When I read stories that discuss insanely dangerous jobs that nobody really wants to do (come on, be honest – who the hell really wants to clean slaughterhouses?), I hope robotic automation first eats these jobs. (Bloomberg)
  • The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine. My biggest takeaway from this article is the importance of a social safety net. “Eighty percent of Swedes express positive views about robots and artificial intelligence, according to a survey this year by the European Commission. By contrast, a survey by the Pew Research Center found that 72 percent of Americans were “worried” about a future in which robots and computers substitute for humans.” Especially as automation eats away jobs over the next several decades, American anxiety over the future will only manifest itself in stranger and more destructive forms. (NYTimes)

Tech

  • Amazon Celebrates Biggest Holiday. Press release detailing some major(!) highlights from Amazon’s 2017 holiday season. As if it’s not obvious, the Amazon machine will continue to balloon on the continued success of Trojan horses like Alexa, Prime, and Kindle. (Amazon)
  • Apple Wins 2017 Smartphone Holiday Season. Another unstoppable juggernaut killed it this holiday season. (Flurry Analytics)
  • Effective Engineer – Notes. This post made the rounds this week on Hacker News. I think it is also great general life advice for personal growth and continuous learning (GitHub)

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