Convert Your Living Room – A Home Improvement

From early times in the United States (U.S.), up to the 1970s, much family activity centered on the living room of a home. Also known as “the receiving room,” home makers took guests there as soon as they entered the home. This room contained the best seating and furnishings. There, the draperies hung finely about the windows. A small piano might reside in the room. A vase with fresh-cut flowers and a bowl filled with nuts or mints might rest on the coffee table. “Eat something while I fetch coffee from the kitchen,” a home maker might say to guests.

Kept spotlessly clean, the living room location permitted the homemaker to entertain guests without their getting far into the dwelling (where messes lurked). A home maker might comfortably engage in polite and interesting conversation, and make an impression on guests in the living room. That location, the most formal, coat-and-tie room in the house, exuded sophistication as well as cleanliness and it wordlessly identified the family as rising in social status (or it did not). But, housing changed in the U.S. in the 1970′s when people wanted to express themselves, to have more choice, and they cared less about what guests thought of them.

They cared more about configuring their home with imaginative and useful living space. Still, even today, most newly constructed homes, as well as the ones built before the 1970s, have living rooms. Yet, the family room (where the radio once rested, then the television set sat, and now the wide-screen TV mounts upon a wall) practically centers both the family and their guests. Entertainment in the digital age, not simple conversation, requires access to digital content (no coat-and-tie necessary or wanted).

Homeowners began to remodel their living rooms into home offices, a special room ensconced with a desk, a computer work station, and online access. Then, the computer work station evolved to become the source of computer games and many former living rooms and offices became online gaming rooms. Now, neither computing nor gaming require sequestering in a room. A tablet or a laptop enables mobile computing and a smart phone enables online gaming.

Where does this leave the old living room? Some people place a bar there, complete with a pool table. For other people, this has become the guest bedroom (closed off with an access door to a full bathroom). Pets sometimes get the room for themselves, complete with their bed, toys, a hundes bar (a hound’s bar with water and kibble), and an access door placed at the base of the front door. Any of these ideas make more sense than a living room devoid of life, a haunt of bug ghosts and dust bunnies.

What Jobs Are Safe From Automation?

The road to automation requires robots to collaborate with humans, rather than simply replacing them altogether. Majority of jobs will still require human intervention to some degree.

The risk of job automation is highest in predictable, manual, and repetitive work environments and in industries with lower regulations.

The risk of automation is lower in unstructured, dynamic, and unpredictable work environments and in industries involving high regulatory scrutiny.

U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs, for example, employed over 600 stock traders at its peak. Thanks to machine-learning algorithms capable of making complex trades, these 600 traders have been reduced to just two. Instead, about one-third of its workforce is now employed as computer engineers.

Amazon, for example, is using 45,000 robots in their warehouses. But at the same time, it is creating thousands of new jobs for humans in its fulfillment centers.

We know that robots are not good at gripping, picking, and handling items in unstructured environments.

Risk of job automation is highest in predictable work environments and in industries with lower regulations. This includes jobs or tasks that are manual and repetitive.

This has happened to manufacturing. It is now impacting over 10.5 million jobs in restaurants, janitorial roles, and warehouses.

In hospitality, the ease of automation is high for repetitive and manual tasks like making coffee or preparing specific dishes. This is particularly true in environments with highly structured processes and menus.

Many startups are working on digital payment and tabletop-ordering software to replace the tasks of cashiers and servers.

Expertise automation and augmentation software (EaaS) is fast replacing entry-level white collar jobs in areas like law (e.g., automatic document analysis and auditing), media (e.g., AI-based news curation and summaries), and even software development.

The good news is that the risk of automation is lower in unstructured or unpredictable work environments. This includes industries involving high regulatory scrutiny.

In healthcare, dynamic decision making in unpredictable work environments makes these patient-facing jobs hard to automate, especially when there is a high degree of emotional intelligence required.

Although trucking is at high risk of automation, this is unlikely to happen widely in the next decade due to regulatory challenges. While technology has the potential to reduce manual labor, it faces regulatory challenges as it still requires a human driver for non-highway driving.

Top Reasons To Park A Datsun Go In Your Driveway

It’s Got The Looks

A robust body with strong lines and a dynamic shoulder arch is complimented by a D-cut grille with chrome lining and distinctive headlights. Available in a range of very funky colours to match your style. Choose from white, sky blue, ruby red, silver and gray. Had a roof spoiler and trendy decals as additional accessories and you surely will make heads turn.

Sips Fuel Lightly

If you want a car that’s going to take you places without breaking the bank, the Datsun Go should be on your shortlist. Especially for the young or the young at heart, to be able to get-up-and-go without constantly having to fill up the fuel tank first, is a big plus. The Datsun Go is so light on fuel you won’t have to miss out on anything any more. With an excellent fuel economy rate of 5.2l/100km, it is understandable why its fuel consumption is one of the main drawing cards for potential buyers.

Wallet-Friendly

In South Africa, the Datsun Go is not only the most affordable car on the market but also the vehicle with the lowest maintenance cost. This is referred to as the ‘Cost of Ownership’ in the automotive industry and is compared to various models in the industry by independent bodies.

In the current economy where people are struggling to make ends meet and debt is skyrocketing, the Datsun GO’s budget-friendly price tag is very appealing.

Nippy Performance

The Datsun GO comes with a powerful 1.2-liter engine built with race-car technology that results in optimal torque and power. The double-pivot front arm makes for great agility and the high-response damper ensure a smooth ride over rough roads.

Tech Cool As Ice

The Datsun design team also clearly considered their main target market for this vehicle. A younger crowd that demands technology, preferably as cool as it can get! Techie features include a mobile docking station allowing hands-free calling, an intelligent wiping system, follow-me-home headlights and the option of a Bluetooth, Aux and USB Radio.

Safety Is A Point

The Datsun Go offers you peace of mind when it comes to your safety behind the wheel. Fitted with a driver’s side airbag and seatbelts throughout, both driver and passengers are protected. The spinal support front seat fits your natural posture so that you are comfortable yet alert when getting to and fro with minimal pressure on your spine. You can drive safely and securely knowing that Datsun’s got your back.

In most countries, Datsun owners are also covered under the Nissan Roadside Assistance programme.

Cushy Comforts

The inside is clean and modern, comfortable and stylish. The Datsun Go has been designed with a young at heart attitude for people who are going places. The luggage space is ample at 265 litres and the headroom is just as ample in space. Connect seats, a spinal support front seat and air conditioner, completes the pictures.

The Family Extended

Datsun did not stop at this one ever-popular model but recently extended the family and introduced a Datsun GO+. This model comes with a longer body that accommodates seven seats that can also be converted into a panel van for the small businessman.