Work of the future, what do you do?

11 Apr


I’m currently doing an Android programming course, I’m about half way through in fact. Why, you might ask?

The chart below really says it all, as a tester how do you test 50.1 billion things connected to the internet in the year 2020. Testers will write great automation code that works 24/7. Last year I wrote about Industry 4.0 and how its a game changer


Testers need programming skills to further a career in all Agile testing environments, with more and more devices connecting to the internet, it is impossible to test everything manually, now testers need to write good code and if you can design and develop an app as part of a learning process, how bad?

I read this article on the future of work a few months ago,  and it got me thinking, in fact I have been pretty busy learning Java, until now.

The article covered the following:

1. First the personal impact: why we work, how work fits into our life, how our careers progress, how we stay current in our skills and capabilities, and how work gives us meaning and purpose.

2. Second, the organizational impact: what are jobs, what roles do people vs. machines play, how are organizations set up, how do we leverage contingent workers, and how do companies redefine jobs as software and robotics become more powerful.

3. Third, the societal impact: how do we educate and prepare people for work, how do we transition people when jobs change, how do we support policies for minimum wage, immigration, and work standards, and how do we fix economic problems like income inequality and unemployment.


With the mobile technology, one of the reasons this market is accelerating is the explosive role of sensors, which have gotten cheaper than ever (sensors that see better than our eyes now cost less than $2,000).


The smart phone we carry often has 6 embedded sensors (temperature, GPS, accelerometer, humidity, ambient sound, magnetometer, and more). These sensors enable mobile devices to do things we never thought computers could do, and Pokemon Go is just the beginning.

Pokémon Go is a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices.

The game utilizes the player’s mobile device’s GPS ability to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, which appear on the screen as if they were at the same real-world location as the player. The game features a freemium business model and supports in-app purchases for additional in-game items.

Soon we will devices that listen to our voice, understand when we are under stress, monitor our heart beat, and give us personal recommendations for better meetings, work conditions, and customer interactions. The opportunity for work augmentation, work improvement, and productivity improvements is massive.

Drones are coming to a farm near youFarm App

Farm tech, The emergence of “farm tech,” drones, artificial intelligence and sensors applied to farming. Machines from companies like John Deere use cameras and sensors to precisely plow fields, plant seedlings in the right place, and place just enough water to keep each plant moist.

They can “see” weeds to pick them, add just enough fertilizer for each plant, and look at plant color to decide when it should be harvested. This technology is available today, and its improving farm productivity already.

Sounds like a challenge?



How Hackers installing apps in iPhones changed the (financial) world

7 Dec

Welcome to the future 

I was watching a video the other night on YouTube about how the future is shaping up, from:

  • Industry 4.0
  • Automation
  • Driver-less cars

…and what it all means, if you plan in being in the work force in the next 20 years?

 So what you might say?  My cup of tea is getting cold!

…but listen.

Driver-less car technology will be so good, you will be able to put your kids in a car, it will drop them off at school, I can almost see a automated docking station at my old school, after the car drops off your kid.

The car can bring you home after a big nightcar


After the car, lets call it Harry drops the kids off at the docking station in school, you could rent out your car to someone else for the day, before picking you up from your Christmas party that night. Sounds like a dream, for the Hely Rays in Kerry?

“The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”
― Winston Churchill

Steve Jobs once said…

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.

Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path. And that will make all the difference.” — Steve Jobs

So, I was thinking about writing about a business interrupt idea of the future, there are many, but why not write about a business idea that has had a huge impact, and changed the financial world?

I was watching a series a few months ago called ‘Billion Dollar Deals and How They Changed Your World (2of3)’ – Money

(Hacker interview starts at minute 32) 

In the program “Billion Dollar Deals and How They Changed Your World” (Jacques Peretti explores the deals that shaped the way people understand money.

From the invention of PayPal in the 1990s to the smartphone app economy that followed 10 years later, he reveals how technology giants brought about the digital payment revolution.

He investigates why people are choosing to turn their backs on using cash, as card and contact-less transactions become the most popular way for people to spend their money, and explores what is going on behind-the-scenes in the world of digitalised spending.

I was interested in hearing about an idea that wasn’t really planned, but was first implemented by hackers?

To Hack = To gain unauthorized access to data in a system or computer. “they hacked into the bank’s computer”

One of the financial revolutions was the iPhone, they interviewed a hacker that managed to put his own applications running on the iPhone



This in turn made an internet enabled phone that could also take photos and videos capable of running software developed by your bank, you could transfer money, make payments, they could close branches and sell the branches, cut costs, improve their service and more…

Apple realized how important it was for people to be able to install apps and implemented the app store themselves and rolled it out to the world and changed one of many industries, the financial industry.

That in turn enabled people to do banking, transfer money, buy sell shares and much more anywhere, anytime.

Of course, this is not the first time someone bought some hardware and decided to use it a different way from the instructions



The hacker that gave Apple a huge jump in the IT industry got a job offer from Apple, which he declined…

I was thinking about developers I worked with years ago that were always hacking devices, one guy hacked a camera to run Linux, and to play games. Another guy hacked an X-Box, to put in a hard drive, so he could copy games.


Microsoft distributed the X-Box at a loss, thinking they would make the money on people buying games. Cheap console for hacker, expensive mistake and bad luck for Microsoft.

Introducing IKEA hackingikea1


Its not just devices that can be hacked, some people are big fans of IKEA hacking, its where you take two unrelated IKEA products and make something completely new

IKEA hacking video
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