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  1. If a physical task can be commoditised it is important to look at both sides of the solution - the assumption generally is the automated bit of kit needs to do the same tasks as the human - not so if the packaging / format of the material being manipulated has been modified at source to be automation friendly. OK you can't modify a baby to change its nappy but you can modify food packaging to make automation friendly. When you do that the automated chef problem becomes much simpler to achieve with far less dexterity / feedback / intelligence to perform many tasks.
  2. You certainly are confused. the are a whole plethora of rules regarding airline and aircraftsafety, not about where you have to base your organisations. This is a direct threat and spite from the EU to make things difficult for carriers who wish to domicile main activities in the UK. There are no civil aviation regulations regarding where your shareholder base needs to be.
  3. OK if they are the rules then certain european companies can disinvest themselves of their investments in the Uk transport system, power system, water and other utilities. Only fair.
  4. It'll be a lot less than 16 years if they lose control of inflation - that obviously could never happen having unleashed hundreds of billions of funny money into the system.
  5. For that graph pretty much see a continuation in a trend that turned in late 2015. Nobody expected a brexit vote so those rising costs not an anticipation of brexit in itself, more external factors - far too much money printing already. More QE and interest rate drop post brexit have had a large effect on costs and sterling devaluation too in continuing that trend. Mind you, anybody's guess at real rate of inflation, have seen some food prices rise 20% since last year.
  6. Estimated 12,000 lobbyists in the US, though majority not corporation-based. Prime example in how corrupt and unrepresentative it has become was the handling of the TPP agreement - in private, with no open reveal of its contents whilst it was working its way through the political system.
  7. It is more a product of bending political will by international corporations through the lobbying. Course the Asian countries love it, they are primary winners, gaining economically big time as work and income shifts in their direction and they can carry on as normal insulating themselves from any negative effects they like - try buying a company or property in many Asian countries and you will be told to ****** off.
  8. Servant or slave with 100 hour work week apparently not unheard of......... 800,000 have been through the H1B programme thus far apparently.
  9. Interesting comment about the above only applying to transnational firms - great for the corporates, they love an uneven playing field.
  10. Plus unemployment benefits - many self employed have significant downtime, not through choice, fat chance of claiming even when the work is not there unless for a significant period of time and the company is effectively wound up - which then would need all the additional costs to restart again if the work came back on stream. So, instead, most self employed just suck it and and trick along with no recourse to any unemployment benefits in the meantime. If it such a good deal then anybody in a permanent position knows exactly what to do - join the self employed labour force.
  11. On the lift front there is another side to the argument - we probably import more lifts from EU than other way round. There are EU and international standards I believe - manufacturers will be looking at both of those. If it came to a trade spat then like most other things with a huge trade deficit with the EU it is the EU that would have more to lose, Uk manufacturers could concentrate on the home market and filling the void if it came to blows - in many areas it might be the very thing that UK needs to get manufacturing going again with a lot more local demand to fill the void. A resurgent manufacturing sector could then look to trade more abroad with a healthier home market.
  12. Perfect for the modern new build, surely?
  13. I read somewhere that a lot of VAT on goods is charged at the point of first landing in the EU, before onward shipping to final sales point and Rotterdam being singled out as a major point that VAT was being collected. If this is true then potentially large amounts of VAT are being collected by other EU countries for goods destined fro sale in the UK and elsewhere.
  14. Much more simplified materials handling - materials to factory, concrete moulds, setting time, storage, transportation to site, site storage, erection (requiring labour, crane (well europeans use them we don't tend to - all on telehandlers) - plus all the manufacture done in expensive factory with workforce. Whereas concrete print - one machine on site, feed it concrete into hopper in bulk - very efficient plus some other materials during the print, no premises, very few workers. If designs contain all the details for first fit - channels and orifices for cabling and plumbing install time would be drastically reduced too so less labour to perform those tasks. Better - there would be advantages and disadvantages and compromises, but building unique looking houses and flexibility would be a big gain over prefab.
  15. Depends whether the tech can be used as a lever between the end user of housing / purchaser and the monopoly of land banking builders that currently land lock direct access to land via their ability to purchase and hold on their books pretty much all the available large scale housebuilding land. Lenders won't lend to individuals generally for a house that does not exist, so you cannot get the finance individually or as a group to compete for what building land is available, unless it is backed by huge amounts of equity elsewhere. Used to be the case that 1/3 cost of land, 1/3 build cost (direct costs), 1/3 retained profit. Building materials verbally are going up all the time so building cost is most definitely not trending towards zero and is still a factor. First gen 3d building will be structure only and the 24hour build claim and then showing the final build all fitted out is misrepresenting the current tech. However if a 3d build robot could do the shell and first fit that would be a massive cost saving overall - the Chinese buy bare shell off plan and keep it that way a lot - at that point you have a viable identifiable house, just missing the finishing. Now back to the finance side, if say 20/50/100 people wished to buy into a development, they could bid on a parcel of land and have in place build agreements for 3D housing to go ahead to completion in terms of main structure, with guaranteed pricing and delivery. It could be the key to unlock financing that is very difficult to do so now.
  16. This is a good one, NN trying to learn to speak and Google in the captions (if turned on) trying to understand it!
  17. To be fair UK political front wear its corporatist hat were full on enlargement themselves, they did this despite having no plan whatsoever for dealing with the subsequent jobs displacement apart from stimulating fake booms with cheap money and market manipulation. In the background the EU enlargement train trundles on with Georgia and Ukraine, a hiatus with Turkey as even the most strident expansionist dare not open that can of worms. Watch what they do, not what they say, no intention of any real reform or change of tack.
  18. Likely won't work if the cohort that have anything like the earnings capacity are already in their 30's/40's, peak earnings on the way down after 45 so that segment already stuffed both in time/earnings unless huge savings built up. They will be looking at a one time buy in a market segment that is a few rungs out of their league, unless of course they are already financially cleansed of children for good and are looking at a one bed flat that can be their one time purchase that will see them through to retirement.
  19. What like Merkel inviting millions of migrants into the EU unilaterally? About the only country to ever abide by every rule to come out of that political cesspit has been the UK, and what a one sided ******ing disaster that has been for the majority of UK businesses and its people.
  20. You missed out Merkel. If not for her and Tusk there would be no issue at all, would most likely already have been resolved. Still, all the more proof (if more proof were needed) that we really should not under any circumstances be run by the EU and Brexit was the right decision. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/29/donald-tusk-accuses-british-voters-backed-brexit-creating-anxiety/
  21. We could have a lottery, for every 1,000 new entrants one gets to displace a sitting member of HOL. Get the bonus ball too and the displaced member gets stripped of house and put on local council housing list.
  22. Not necessarily - the AI could do all the grunt work, give the results say where there was 100% confidence leaving edge cases to be given further human consideration. You could have a medical system where you had multiple AI systems and if they all came out with correlating diagnoses it would give a higher confidence level still. However, if you successfully aggrege the accumulated knowledge of multiple experts into an AI system it would be pretty obvious very quickly that the AI had pretty much taken over.
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