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[ NNSquad ] As Boom Lures App Creators, Tough Part Is Making a Living

As Boom Lures App Creators, Tough Part Is Making a Living

http://j.mp/TaeSK4  (New York Times)

    The boom in apps comes as economists are debating the changing
    nature of work, which technology is reshaping at an accelerating
    speed. The upheaval, in some ways echoing the mechanization of
    agriculture a century ago, began its latest turbulent phase with
    the migration of tech manufacturing to places like China. Now
    service and even white-collar jobs, like file clerks and data
    entry specialists or office support staff and mechanical drafters,
    are disappearing.  "Technology is always destroying jobs and
    always creating jobs, but in recent years the destruction has been
    happening faster than the creation," said Erik Brynjolfsson, an
    economist and director of the M.I.T. Center for Digital Business
    ...  For many of the developers not working at traditional
    companies, moreover, "job" is a misnomer. Streaming Color Studios,
    a game developer, did a survey of game makers late last year. The
    252 respondents, while not a scientifically valid sample and
    restricted to one segment of the app market, indicated what many
    people had suspected: the app world is an ecology weighted heavily
    toward a few winners.

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