Angela K. Durden. Technology inventor protecting creator’s copyrights. Business writer, novelist, songwriter, and Citizen Journalist. What do all these endeavors have in common? Why, The Uncertainty Principle (TUP), that’s what. That is a principle with which I am not comfortable. I want things settled. Known. Efficiently working on my behalf to move my plans forward effectively.
Comfortable with uncertainty or not, we still live with it and suffer or benefit from its effects. Take technology. More companies have suffered from TUP than have benefited. As an inventor of a technology based service (SaaS) protecting and defending IP rights, I’ve suffered so much from Tech Giants changing how they operate, as well as the amount of control they have over my access to folks online, that I’ve had to close my company, Notes2Bucks, and its SaaS called MyDigitalCatalog.com.
As a writer of fiction and non-fiction, and a songwriter, I’ve suffered from Tech Giants theft of my IP property. As a graphic designer, print broker, and editor, I’ve suffered from technologies that make the public think my skill set can be automated, thereby rendering my services null and void. As a female, one of an age they don’t want to hire no matter what, and who has been working successfully for herself until the last big economic meltdown, I am considered unhireable because I’ve not had a boss or gotten a W-2 since 1984. My skill set cannot be self-validated. I’ve got to have had bosses who worked for the same company as me be able to be called and validate I’m smart and able.
See? Uncertainty. Can’t avoid it. Can’t make it go away. Must deal with it. But even here technology is not our friend because companies write programs that intake information and decide at various places in that intake whether or not you are viable. Further, when you step outside that stricture and reach out to a real person, they always defer to the algorithm.
You can follow uncertainty down the rabbit hole and choices only get more limited. I would be feeling more sorry for myself if it wasn’t for the fact there are millions of people in this country living on savings, or barely getting by with the largesse of another, who are smart, capable, have all the necessary degrees, and are third-party verifiable but who still cannot get hired.
It’s not pretty out there, folks.