Toyo Tyres – Surprising the World

Time is an interesting factor. Toyo needs to get through the day and save those that are in need. That is what a guardian does as a daily chore. The white rabbit tells Toyo that he is late and there are people in desperate need of help.

Night time is always present in the woods. The trees block every bit of light and help the predators with their hunting. A little girl bearing a red cape runs away from the wolf that has spotted her in its territory. Toyo sees this and distracts the wolf long enough for the little girl to run away to safety. The sidekick pops out from the other end of the dirt path to assist the hero. The wolf will have to find a different dinner tonight.

Meanwhile, a young woman is being enslaved to do her step sisters chores. She is noble, too, and shouldn’t be working this way. She wants to go to the yearly function that takes place in the castle upon the hill. The Toyo guardians drift around the corner and give the noble girl beautiful white shoes that will surely not break. Their magic also gives her a lovely purple ball gown that will make her the most beautiful lady at the dance.

They drift around the wealthier part of town and scare all the nobles because they treat the less advantaged badly. In this part of town, they have benefits such as sunlight and sanitation.

Turning into a darker part of town they see a girl that is freezing from the cold and darkness. Her only request to people is to light her candle so that her family can be warm. Toyo speeds past her fast enough to light her candle. She smiles, thankful that someone has provided her with fire.

The young woman is on her way to the castle in a beautiful carriage pulled along by a white horse. The white horse is a noble steed that is taking her to a happy future. She walks up the marble staircase with her dress flowing gracefully behind her. She meets the prince at the top of the staircase. The prince dances with her and spins her around; showing the young woman that she is the only one for him.

The Toyo guardians are the heroes and no matter what the conditions may be, they create happy endings. Whenever you need a miracle or a little help, their tyres will always be there to guide you to safety and amazing destinations.

Time is an interesting concept. You never know when you will run out of time and when you will need more of it at any given moment.

McDonald’s Strikes Gold With New AI

“Would you like fries with that?”

You’ve likely heard this phrase uttered as a punch line, typically directed at the job prospects of liberal arts majors. While its current usage has become quite disparaging in casual conversation, its origins are the source of early upselling success by cashiers in the fast-food industry.

But these low-paying fast-food jobs are on their way out. McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE: MCD) announced it was replacing cashiers in 2,500 restaurants with kiosks, relegating “Would you like fries with that?” to a mere push of a button on a digital touch screen.

It was the latest salvo in an increasingly tight jobs market, one being slowly dominated by robots and artificial intelligence (AI).

For investors, the AI revolution represents an opportunity. For job seekers, on the other hand, a liberal arts degree is beginning to finally look like a solid option.

An Automatic Investment

As we are seeing with McDonald’s, the move toward automation is an attractive prospect for investors. Automatic cashiers cut down on labor costs, improve accuracy and remove human errors from point-of-sale operations. The move, while representing a fraction of McDonald’s locations, was enough to prompt analysts at Cowen to lift their price target on MCD stock to $180 per share and issue an “outperform” rating.

“Our analysis suggests efforts should bear fruit in 2018,” Cowen analyst Andrew Charles told CNBC. Charles lifted his 2018 growth estimate, citing plans for McDonald’s to roll out kiosks to all 14,000 U.S. locations by the end of the year.

MCD stock hit an all-time high on the news, and while the shares are likely to consolidate those gains as investors digest McDonald’s plans, investment prospects remain impressive as the company moves further along the path toward automation.

But McDonald’s isn’t the first company to embrace AI and robotic automation. Amazon has practically made it a way of life, and is even flirting with the idea of drone-hive warehouses for automated order picking, packing and delivery.

Tesla is pioneering self-driving vehicles and is even planning a semitruck for automated shipping – a movement that is gaining considerable traction, and one that could also cut costs for many companies. And both Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia are market leaders in developing AI logic chips and the accompanying software.

A Brave New Jobs Market

The flip side of the automation coin is employment… or rather the lack thereof. The irony of automation is that while many jobs are on the precipice of extinction – like fast-food cashiers and the 1.7 million truck drivers in the U.S. – there is one skill set that AI has yet to crack: personal judgment, critical thinking and creativity… you know, being human.

According to billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban, a liberal arts degree teaches this skill set and will be in increasing demand in the new autonomous economy. “Knowing how to critically think and assess [situations] from a global perspective, I think, is going to be more valuable than what we see as exciting careers today, which might be programming or [accounting], or those types of things,” Cuban told attendees of the South by Southwest conference.

The bottom line is that the economy is in the early stages of transitioning toward automation. Universal basic income isn’t going to save us from a nearly jobless future, but investing in companies leading the way in AI and automation is sound advice. As is preparing for a future where “Would you like fries with that?” is a thing of the past.