Sunday, 28 November 2010
The passenger would, as with the flight, board the evening before. Dinner would be served in a spacious and comfortable (contrast with aeroplane) dining carriage. The passenger would then retire to their cabin where they could take a shower, work at a desk, or watch a movie on the TV. The passenger would then go to sleep for the evening. In the morning the passenger would return to the dining carriage for a lovely breakfast. And then, most importantly, the passenger would arrive refreshed, in the heart of the city, ready for his/her meeting.
- Cost (no separate accomodation)
- Time (no need to travel from the airport to the hotel on arrival or again the same morning)
- Comfort (trains can afford to be more spacious and therefore more comfortable than aeroplanes)
- Although the train will be much more comfortable than the aeroplane for the travel, it is likely to be less comfortable than a hotel
- It may not be possible to have a gym in the train (and certainly not possible to have a swimming pool)
Say for example you have a problem with your heating system. You call out a heating system repair-person who has a head-mounted video camera. As they investigate to diagnose the problem, they talk through what they are doing, so that the latter viewer can understand. They identify the problem and fix it. A couple of years later you have another problem with the heating system. You call out a heating system repair-person and, before they start work, you give them a copy of the video. The pull this up on their tablet and scan through to get an understanding of past problems and solutions. They are then able to understand the system quicker and fix it quicker.
Saturday, 13 November 2010
Sunday, 7 November 2010
I wonder whether its possible to produce a digital date stamp, that has an inbuilt clock updated by RF.The stamp would include the time, date, timezone, employee reference, etc. Obviously such a stamp couldn't eliminate fraud, but it could make it more difficult.
Obviously this is hugely unethical and would probably lead to serious injury and death, and I therefore advocate its creation in no way.
Obviously this model shows up the lack of justice in the world, where the wealthy self-actualise whilst the poor starve.
I note there has been some criticism of Maslow's ranking, suggesting therefore that research is necessary to properly define the layers.
Friday, 5 November 2010
- If an employee has come up with an innovative idea, it will be motiviating to that employee and other employees for the organisation to pursue it (it will also make the company a more attractive place to work, helping recruitment and retention)
- Potential for more revenue
- Potential to diversify the revenue base, making the company more stable and therefore more valuable
- Potential to increase brand value by reinforcement (i.e. making the brand more common), and by associating it with new and innovative products
- There is potential for the failure of the venture to cost the company money
- There is potential for failure of the venture to cause brand damage, or that even a successful product could dilute brand value due to differences to the core product line
- The lack of expertise in a new field increases the risk of failure
- There is the potential that the venture could distract management time away from more important issues
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Manhours for shop staff
Manhours for construction of the shop
Manhours for the materials that are used to construct the shop
Manhours of the farmer
Manhours of the construction of farm equipment
Manhours for the materials that are used to construct the farm equipment
Manhours of the distributer
Manhours of the construction of transport equipment
Manhours for the materials that are used to construct the transport equipment
In all but as simplified model society, it would be prohibitivelly complicated to calculate the total manhours for an item, but it is an interesting thought experiment.
In a totally equal society would it be possible to have a currency based on manhours?