[FoRK] RPE and understanding company performance

Bill Humphries whump at mac.com
Thu Jun 17 23:26:12 PDT 2010

On Jun 17, 2010, at 10:14 PM, J. Andrew Rogers wrote:

> On Jun 17, 2010, at 10:06 PM, Bill Humphries wrote:
>> On Jun 17, 2010, at 9:49 PM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
>>> In other words, unskilled / semi-skilled labor is a scalable commodity that is somewhat disconnected from the creation / management part of the business. For instance, if every employee of every McDonalds franchise were counted, the profit-per-employee would be tiny and hide what is really going on at the corporate level.  Conversely, eBay's profit doesn't give you a good feel for average profit per working participant.
>> Wow, Stephen, so the corporate level could sling all those burger orders and fill all those Amazon boxes? 
> Machines could.

Strangely, they haven't yet. 

No doubt that the people working those jobs would be happy to give it up to a robot so they could take other work.

And, if a robot was filling your order at McDonald's, it'd be highly unlikely that they'd spit in your burger after hearing what you said about the value of their labor.

-- whump

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