Author Archives: Andy Goodman

Enterprise by Design 2018 – Velocity: Adventure Experience

Enterprise by Design 2018 has begun. This year we will be working with two, yes TWO, fantastic companies: Rib Ride and Zip World. Along side exhilerating partners from across the region they are key attractors to Snowdonia, which is developing a reputation as a world leading destination for Adventure Experiences.

“North Wales has been named among the top places in the world to visit in 2017 according to Lonely Planet’s annual Best in Travel list. Placed fourth on the list of regions to visit, north Wales is the only UK destination to be featured in the rankings, which are compiled by a panel of the travel publisher’s writers and experts.” — The Guardian

Unintended consequences of driverless cars

The presentations yesterday were great, though perhaps too based on the present. The following is largely copied from the unintended ways self driving cars will change our world and needs consideration.


Driving could become illegal.

“Let’s put it bluntly: humans are shitty drivers. The whole idea of giving every adult the right to drive a two-ton death machine is pretty dumb.”

The Technology Will Lead to Massive Public Surveillance

“Paired with face-recognition technology, a network of self-driving cars could identify and track any pedestrian in sight.”

Owning a Car Will be a Foreign Concept to your Kids

“you get all the benefits of owning a car, pay less, and you never have to worry about maintenance or finding a parking spot. In a future where self-driving cars are so cheap and convenient, the idea of owning a car will be silly.”

Traffic Will Be Virtually Nonexistent

“in a system where cars can communicate with each other at the speed of light, an overarching traffic management system could make this a reality, reducing traffic to its optimal minimum.”

Driverless Cars Will Wipe Out Millions Of Jobs…

Taxi drivers, bus drivers… any driver will be redundant, but that’s not all. “In a world without any drivers, parking spots, and traffic lights, there is not a lot of work left for street police.”

…And Transform The Economy As We Know It.

“automation is expected to wipe out about half of US jobs within the next two decades. … Future generations will think of human drivers the same way as we now think of town criers or elevator operators.”

“Historically, work has always been about solving problems, but somewhere along the way we confused it for a way to keep ourselves busy. I believe this is fundamentally wrong. I believe in human potential, and I believe it is first by freeing ourselves from the menial, automatable jobs that we can ultimately break free and reach a higher level of self-actualization as a society.”

While this might be the case for a lucky few, this last paragraph seems rather optimistic. It is difficult to imagine the wealthy caring enough about the situation of unemployed taxi drivers to see a significant transfer of wealth (and a corresponding change in the gini coefficient).

If the highest level in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs was ‘mutual’ rather than ‘self’ actualisation, then the collaborative sharing economy, and resulting disintermediation, might ultimately result in a cultural shift towards a value system that affords ‘self-actualisation as a society”.

Psychologists: what might Maslow II: a hierarchy of collective needs include?

Unused first floor: Rates, Rentals and Regulations

A visit to unused spaces on the first floor of buildings on The High Street was a revelation.

One space that we viewed had been a retail outlet, but it could no longer be used; literally. The value of premises had been destroyed by removing infrastructure, intentionally making the space unusable.

Why? The business rates charged precluded a profitable business, so the retailer had to move elsewhere. Without rental income, usable spaces are unviable: they incur costs. Costs are reduced when the premises cannot be used. The business decision is simple: if a space cannot general rental income because of market conditions, it can be cheaper to make the space unusable.

While this makes financial sense to individual owners, it is bewildering when the High Street is viewed as a whole, potentially viable, system. The seemingly perverse decision to pay for infrastructure to be removed is an unintended consequence of the how business rates and rentals operate. Unfortunately, this is not something we can change; it is outside of the scope of the project.

Creative, valuable usage scenarios are needed to inspire investment as part of an overall regeneration strategy. We need to reverse the downward spiral; an economic trajectory that is ripping the heart out of our towns and cities.

Above Two Guys from Brussels – an ambitious and unique offer of Belgian beer, chocolate and a wide range of coffees – the situation is very different. The spaces there were in need of investment, but in this case the Two Guys have plans.

 

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Photo: Sven, Christophe and Lena: Engineers from Cologne talking about windows and building technology with Emlyn.

Below is a link to a folder containing UK building regulations.

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Rest and Recharge

After a hard days work, where will the driverless eTaxi – owned by uber, perhaps – park, get some rest, fill up on electricity? Will they schedule stops for a top-up through out the day? Perhaps. Will they make their way to a purpose built hub? Implicit to the brief, yes; but perhaps not. The following suggests an alternative:

“Here’s an interesting development reported over at Cleantechnica last week: Apparently the European Union has just approved regulations demanding that all new and renovated homes come with an installed electric vehicle charger by 2019.”

http://www.treehugger.com/cars/all-new-houses-must-have-electric-vehicle-charger-say-new-eu-regulations.html

Tesla has developed one way to allow an autonomous vehicle to charge itself without human intervention.

And related to this, motivating further change towards electric vehicles, legislation in Germany is:

http://www.treehugger.com/cars/germanys-bundesrat-calls-end-internal-combustion-engine-powered-cars-2030.html

Day 5 (Wed) Coaches Meeting

Coaches work in a self-similar way to Students: we have meetings to develop a consistent understanding of the process we follow, including principles, goals and tasks.

The meeting documented below was held between the coaches in Bangor. We reviewed previous deliveries of elop, then focussed on next steps for the delivery in Bangor, i.e.:

  • Place, logistics, timing and deliverables of the students presentation on Friday.
  • Phase C1: the two weeks following the physical kickoff.
  • The blog: its purpose, with reference to Categories in WordPress.

The document attached can be seen Edited by Coaches, but it can’t be seen by the students.

Note: include the link to the document rather than embedding (when you write a post and want to  “Add Google File”, you will have several options.)

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