07 Oct

Spark Wednesday: Will you Lose Your Job?

What if you knew that you had to change work? Not only should but had to. Your job would go away. Your entire industry would vanish. No more steady paycheck, no more income.

No more musts or shoulds. Complete freedom from any preconceived notions of what you can and can’t do. What would you do then? If you could do anything, if you had to choose something to do?

Today’s spark is to read the research below about how likely 702 different job types are to be removed through computerization (hint: doctors aren’t as safe as they think…)

Then dare to dream about what you’d do with your life. Feel free to post your dream in the comments below.

Linky: The Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerization? By Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne

30 Sep

Spark Wednesday: What if?

Here’s an idea: what if old 8-bit computer games came to take over the world? What would happen? Would it be cool or horrible?

There are many ways to spark ideas, the “what if method” is one of them. So for this spark ask yourself “what if”.

  • What if your game changed core or supporting mechanics?
  • What if your novel was set under water (that’s the premise of David Brin’s amazing Startide Rising Amazon )?
  • What if you had to remove every fifth word from your story (that’s what Jerry Pournelle did with his classic military SF Janissaries and it became a much better book for it)?
  • Or simply  what if something strange happened?

Oh, and take a look at the originals to the Pixels movie: