There was an interesting article by Arthur Sants in last weeks Investors Chronicle. He highlighted the productivity problem in the big tech companies such as Apple, Meta, Alphabet and Microsoft. Part of the reason is that their workforces have been increasing and revenue per employee has been falling.
It is suggested that part of the problem is that to develop new products and services requires a lot of staff hacking code. Automation of manufacturing processes is relatively simple in comparison with developing programs that can write other programs – they are an order of magnitude more difficult to create.
This has been the Achilles heel of the software industry for the last 50 years. It remains a very labour-intensive industry when it need not be. The technology of software development has changed little since my era when I was involved in it – there are still too many people writing code.
Is this one reason why productivity in the UK and other developed countries has not been improving as it should have been? It’s been too easy to hire bright young things to write code because labour has been cheap. We need to make it more expensive to ensure tools to automate their work are developed with a concentration on the development of standards to assist. Teaching children to write code in schools is not the answer.
Richard Tice on the Energy Crisis
I watched a webinar presented by Richard Tice of the Reform Party this morning. He pointed out the energy crisis the country is facing and what his Party would do about it. He argues that this is not a short-term problem but that we face a long-term global energy war so vigorous action is required – in effect putting our energy economy on a wartime basis.
He presented some interesting data to support his arguments and made more sense than many politicians on the issue in my view.
You can watch in on the Reform Party’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheReformPartyUK
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