Our tech hub is being compared to Silicon Valley (again)
This past weekend, we wrote about how tech positions are faring in Austin’s most recent job figures.
The current dynamic is interesting. While the latest data shows Austin still has one of the largest demand for high-tech workers, Texas Workforce Commission numbers show overall job growth here has slowed sharply.
In industries here where many high-tech positions exist, employers cut 1,700 jobs in just August, with payrolls from that sector being decreased by 0.4 percent during the past year.
At the same time, recent data from job-search site Indeed shows that high-tech jobs are becoming more concentrated in Austin while low-tech jobs are dispersing more outside of the city. Lately, about 40 percent of local job postings in Austin have been in the high-tech category. Indeed said that figure is most comparable to numbers from Silicon Valley and the San Francisco bay area.
A future where shopping is autonomous
As companies like Amazon continue to upend the retail industry, Bloomberg released a dynamic article that imagines a future where the entire retail process is autonomous.
The article is written as though it is the year 2036. By then, every phase of shopping is completed by robots. That includes factories that assemble products, ships that transport them from country to country and delivery devices that get them in our hands.
The first and only human to see a pair of shoes ordered, for example, would be the consumer himself. It’s a mesmerizing thought.
We now know how much Google has spent on its self-driving vehicle technology
Between 2009 and 2015, Google spent $1.1 billion on the technology for its self-driving car program, according to Business Insider.
The information came from a recent court filing that was made public.
The cost only covers the technology to develop three different trade secrets for the autonomous vehicle program and does not reflect equity or other expenses.
Google has been secretive about its self-driving program, which is now known as Waymo. The $1.1 billion figure gives some insight into how much the tech giant has invested in the program.
NASA’s Saturn mission has ended
For 13 years, NASA’s Cassini vehicle studied Saturn, its rings and moons. The mission recently ended. Here is a video about this from Bloomberg:
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