Video: How Many Jobs Will Robots Actually Take?

After a wacky sped-up history of artificial intelligence to the present time, the Axios report gets to the question many people are asking — will robots wipe out human employment, and if so, how soon?

This two-and-a-half minute video packs in a lot — importantly how large-scale automation affects people’s live and society as a whole. Larry Summers inquires, “People ask why there is a sense of estrangement, disillusionment, anger. Why is there an opioid epidemic? That is not unrelated to the absence of work.”

Chris Arnade (@Chris_arnade) is a traveling photographer who has been chronicling the American working class and the suffering from widespread job loss. The narrator says, “He asks everyone he meets — ‘What happened to your job?’ They all say automation. Not outsourcing, not the death of industry. Automation. The automation revolution has already begun. Real Americans are already losing jobs.”

The piece cites the PWC study about automation: “It said that 38 percent of U.S. jobs are at high risk by 2030. Yeah, 38 percent of jobs, 15 years, that’s crazy.”

Crazy is right. The only thing crazier is that nobody in Washington is talking about the automation future or that immigration continues on auto-pilot when the need for imported workers will be Zero very soon, like yesterday. Remember:

Automation Make Immigration Obsolete

Crime Victims of Illegal Aliens Are Noted by New York Times

It’s a pleasant surprise to see the New York Times publish a decent story about the crime victims of illegal aliens on Monday’s front page. True, there’s no photo of a murdered American or the bereaved family on page 1, but it does include a fine quote from Jamiel Shaw whose son was killed by an undeported illegal alien gangster. In response to candidate Trump’s characterizing Mexicans immigrants as rapists and criminals, Shaw wanted the media to know, “I would have said they were murderers.”

During Trump’s Republican Convention, several crime victim parents spoke about their loss. Sabine Durden is pictured speaking below.

In his convention acceptance speech, candidate Trump stated his concern for the victims of illegal immigration:

On Monday, we heard from three parents whose children were killed by illegal immigrants Mary Ann Mendoza, Sabine Durden, and Jamiel Shaw. They are just three brave representatives of many thousands. Of all my travels in this country, nothing has affected me more deeply than the time I have spent with the mothers and fathers who have lost their children to violence spilling across our border.

These families have no special interests to represent them. There are no demonstrators to protest on their behalf. My opponent will never meet with them, or share in their pain. Instead, my opponent wants Sanctuary Cities. But where was sanctuary for Kate Steinle? Where was Sanctuary for the children of Mary Ann, Sabine and Jamiel? Where was sanctuary for all the other Americans who have been so brutally murdered, and who have suffered so horribly?

Below, Jamiel Shaw, Mary Ann Mendoza and Sabine Durden are shown with their deceased children.

The whole point of having legal immigration is the screening to weed out criminals, psychokillers and enemies of America. Open borders crazies prefer to ignore the deadly blowback of their obsession.

Here’s the front-page snip of the Times article:

From Deep Grief, a Solid Bond With Trump on Border Policy, by Vivian Lee, New York Times, June 26, 2017

The families could reel off all the times they had called the media and written to Washington, but after all that trying, they had never heard anyone who mattered say anything like it: Most Mexican immigrants, Donald J. Trump declared in his first campaign speech, were “rapists” who were “bringing drugs, bringing crime” across the border.

Now he had come to meet them, the families of people killed by undocumented immigrants, and they wanted to tell him he was right.

One son had been struck by a truck, another shot just around the corner from home. Different causes of death, but the driver, the gunman, all the perpetrators were the same, the parents said: people who never should have been in the country in the first place.

Sitting alone with them at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in July 2015, the candidate distributed hugs as the families wept. When the campaign had called, most of them had been told only that they were going to meet with Mr. Trump. But then the group was ushered into the next room, where the campaign had invited reporters to a news conference.

It was a surprise, but no one seemed to mind. Several stepped up to endorse Mr. Trump. “He’s speaking for the dead,” said Jamiel Shaw Sr., whose teenage son was shot to death by a gang member in Los Angeles in 2008. “He’s speaking for my son.”

Mr. Shaw wanted the news media to know that Mr. Trump could have gone further when he called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals.

“I would have said they were murderers,” he said.

The full online article is here: For Grieving Parents, Trump Is ‘Speaking for the Dead’ on Immigration

Senate Hearing Examines Scourge of MS-13 Gang

News reports have been stacking up about big MS-13 arrests since America’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared the gang to be a top focus for the administration’s law enforcement. In mid-May, it was reported that a nationwide six-week sweep enabled ICE to round up 1378 gangsters, of whom 104 were MS-13 affiliated.

The bad news is that increased enforcement has not eliminated returnees. Breitbart noted (6/22), Deported MS-13 Gangsters Keep Sneaking Back Across U.S. Border. Apparently we need to build jails that are less comfy than the accommodations back in their El Salvador homeland.

MS-13 gangsters love the crime opportunities that America affords. like terrorizing communities on Long Island with murders of young people.

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on June 21 to explore the issue: “The MS-13 Problem: Investigating Gang Membership, its Nexus to Illegal Immigration, and Federal Efforts to End the Threat”. The entire hearing may be watched on C-SPAN.

Chairman Charles Grassley gave a tough opening statement, including a mention that President Obama knowingly admitted MS-13 gangsters into the country.

Grassley Statement on the MS-13 Gang Problem, Its Nexus to Illegal Immigration and Federal Efforts to End the Threat, June 21, 2017

The topic of today’s hearing involves the MS-13 crisis that’s growing and spreading in communities across our nation.

The atrocities of these criminals are not new. This group has existed since the 1980s, and has made a reputation for itself as a perpetrator of extreme—and often gruesome—violence. This organization has been dubbed the world’s “most dangerous gang,” and some say it could be a terrorist organization. But, you wouldn’t expect anything less from a group whose motto is “kill, rape, and control.”

Unfortunately, over the past two years, this terrifying motto has become a vicious reality for many communities across our nation. So far this year, the gang has been publicly linked to dozens of high-profile killings, rapes, and assaults across the country, from the Washington D.C. metro area to Houston, Texas. Undoubtedly, there are many more that simply haven’t been reported.

Let me give the Committee just a few examples of this group’s absolute brutality and inhumanity.

• MS-13 has been responsible for nearly 20 murders on Long Island since 2010, with victims including high-school age children as young as 16. The group is also considered responsible for an additional 32 violent acts, including 8 attempted murders.

• In January, two gang members, both of whom are unauthorized immigrants, lured a 22 year old man from New Jersey to Maryland with the promise of sex, where they butchered him and left him in the woods near Gaithersburg, MD to rot.

• In March, two MS-13 members were charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting three teenage girls for several weeks, and eventually murdering one of them in what has been described as a “satanic ritual.”

• In March and April, a string of MS-13 murders occurred across southern Virginia, with perhaps the most graphic being the murder of 17-year-old Raymond Wood. According to reports. Wood’s body was found face down in the road, and the MS-13 suspects had cut his hands and throat before stabbing him over 16 times.

While these examples are horrifying, they are far from isolated. According to the Department of Justice, MS-13 regularly conducts gang activity in at least forty states and the District of Columbia, and their violence touches nearly every major community in America. Continue reading this article

Europe’s History of Islamic Jihad Should Be a Warning to America

Dale Hurd has been cautioning Americans about Islam for years from his travels in Europe, but his latest is more pointed and urgent than before. Perhaps he is disappointed by liberal judges blocking President Trump’s temporary time-out from Muslim immigration from several countries with low or non-existent levels of government supervision.

When the Brussels Airport was bombed in March 2016 by jihadists, 32 were killed there and at two other bombing sites in the area.

Liberals will do anything to seize power, including the destruction of its treasured narrative of being the protectors of women and gays. Even moderate Muslim immigration endangers both those groups substantially. Streets are no longer safe for women in many European countries, but you see no protests from left activists on the subject — no, there are too busy demanding more Muslims to sharia-ize the continent.

Hurd points out the joining of the left antifa thugs with Islam. Apparently the hoody boyz think the Muslim monsters will be fine partners in taking over society. But antifas shouldn’t count on it because Muslims don’t treat those outside the tribe as equals.

Is it too obvious to say America should end immigration entirely?

Muslims are suspect as the historic enemies of the west, and the automated future means imported workers are entirely unnecessary.

European Terror: A Preview of America’s Future?, By Dale Hurd, CBN News, June 23, 2017

PARIS and BERLIN — Muslim terror attacks across Europe have turned a once peaceful continent into a battleground. Could this be a preview of what’s ahead for America?

Former New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says European-style terror attacks are coming to the U.S.

Terror: It’s in the Quran. 

“There’s no doubt about that whatsoever. The fact is that everywhere that large numbers of Muslims settle, there is conflict,” Islam expert Robert Spencer told CBN News. 
 
Because, Spencer says, the violence flows from the Quran.

“The Quran says ‘when you meet the unbeliever strike the neck.’ So, the Islamic state does these beheading videos and the world was horrified, but its right in the Quran,” he said.

“The fact that something is in the Quran does not mean all Muslims are going to do it, but it does mean that some are. There’s no doubt this will happen in the United States, once Muslims are here in sufficient numbers,” Spencer adds.

And with it comes political enforcement by the Left, targeting those who oppose uncontrolled Muslim immigration, either with a racist label, protests, or even violence.

Americans are used to other nations following them, but when it comes to Muslim immigration as well as the attendant political correctness and speech oppression, Europe’s reality could be America’s future. Continue reading this article

Robot-Run Factory Specializes in 3-D Custom Printing

Behold: the future of manufacturing is within view! The good news is that it will occur mostly in the United States (and other areas of tech expertise); the bad news is very few human workers will be needed.

Below, a robotic arm tends a cluster of nine 3-D printers in the automated factory.

Yoo hoo, government and captains of industry! No workers means no paychecks and no shoppers. The economy doesn’t work without human people purchasing goods and services. Hasn’t anyone thought about this outcome fail?

And experts prognosticate that the job loss has only begun. Oxford researchers forecast in 2013 that nearly half of American jobs were vulnerable to machine or software replacement within 20 years. Rice University computer scientist Moshe Vardi believes that in 30 years humans will become largely obsolete, and world joblessness will reach 50 percent. The Gartner tech advising company believes that one-third of jobs will be done by machines by 2025. Forrester Research Inc. has a more optimistic view, that there will be a net job loss of 7 percent by 2025 from automation.

And with jobs disappearing ever more rapidly as they fall to robot replacements, it makes no sense to continue immigration as if nothing in the workplace has changed. Not that America needs the current gaggle of 1.5 million low-skilled and unfriendly foreigners in any case. The correct number of immigrant workers in the automated future is Zero.

Today’s example of the brave new jobless world is a nearly worker-free factory. As noted, such places will require some humans, but only those with certain tech skills. Average workers will be out of luck.

This start-up is using robots and 3-D printers to staff a factory with almost no humans, CNBC, June 22, 2017

• Voodoo Manufacturing has a factory in Brooklyn consisting of 160 3-D printers.

• It raised $5 million from General Catalyst to add robots to the factory, and hopes to eliminate most human laborers.

• Clients include Nickelodeon, Microsoft, Mattel, Lowe’s and Yoplait.

Self-driving cars have captivated the world. Now, a Brooklyn-based start-up called Voodoo Manufacturing wants to bring the same autonomy and safety to manufacturing, with a factory that makes 3-D prints of any imaginable design, staffed almost entirely by robots.

Customers upload a design file to Voodoo’s site. The start-up then manufactures their desired items in batches from one to 10,000 units per order. Voodoo’s factory runs 160 different 3-D printers today, rather than using injection molding machines you’d find in a conventional factory.

Most recently, Voodoo began developing robots to run the 3-D printers with little to no human oversight, said CEO and co-founder Max Friefeld.

The robots, which Voodoo assembles from available sensors, arms, grippers and other components, can take a plate out of a printer, put a new one in, then restart it to begin the next job.

These tasks used to be done by people.

The company’s proprietary software controls the way the robots work in conjunction with the printers, and keeps orders running on time.

“At a high level, our goal is to automate the machine-tending portion of our factory, and get to 80 percent utilization of all the hardware here,” Friefeld said. “With a really lean team, we could operate around the clock, with maybe one person working the night shift.” Continue reading this article

Mexico Murders Reach 20-Year High for May

With all the media chatter about threats to America from Nork nukes and such, it’s easy to forget the ongoing dangers posed by our thuggish neighbor to the south. Breitbart had a chilling headline this week about increased cartel violence: U.S. Border Agents Warned of ‘Open Warfare’ with ‘Grenades’ in Mexico at Texas Border. Mexican drug violence is back with a vengeance, and the country is on track to have 25,000 murders this year.

We need the Trump Wall built, no matter how much Mexicans squawk about having their easy access to US jobs and freebies cut off.

Illegal border crossings spiked up 27 percent in May after falling precipitously after the Trump election. Perhaps illegal aliens just discovered they wouldn’t be shot on sight while breaking into Trump-run America.

Just how violent is Mexico these days? RT colorfully headlined (6/22): 3 killed every hour: Mexico’s murder rate reaches 20-year high.

Fox News reporter William La Jeunesse explained the background and present situation with our neighbor:

WILLIAM LA JEUNESSE: Mexico is now the second deadliest country in the world after only Syria, and while they’re in a civil war, Mexico’s violence is attributable to only one thing — drugs. So for context, just a few years ago it seemed we were doing a story every week like this under then-President Felipe Calderon which replaced corrupt cops and took the cartels head-on with the military. But every time you take out one kingpin, another would emerge.

Then Mexico got a new president in 2012, Enrique Pena Nieto, who took a less hardline view. Violence subsided, but now it is back. With the capture of former Sinaloa cartel leader El Chapo and others, the turf wars returned, fueled largely by the US meth and heroin epidemic. Mexico saw a record 2,186 murders in May, 30 percent more than last year and the most in two decades.

So Mexico has 31 states: the highest rate of violence is in Guerrero, the country’s opium capital. Today Mexico provides 90 percent of our heroin, up from just 10 percent 20 years ago. Next is Sinaloa, the pot capital where under-lords are fighting to replace El Chapo. Finally the biggest jump in killings however — almost 400 percent — was in Baja where the Jalisco cartel is fighting to control the drug routes into California and Arizona.

While most of the violence is among criminals, it does breed corruption and fear. It goes into tourist areas like Cabo and Cancun, and it fuels extortion and kidnapping. Yesterday there were three workers in Veracruz who are attacked because they were hanging a billboard offering a reward for a drug lord. So we’re looking at over 25,000 fatalities every year.

Douglas Murray Argues That Europe Is Committing Suicide by Diversity

Author Douglas Murray is making the rounds upon the release of his new book The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, doing interviews and writing opinion pieces. His chat with Tucker Carlson earlier in the month discusses Europe’s curious denial of the catastrophe it has welcomed inside the gates.

Islamic invaders make clear their intentions toward Europe on the Macedonian border in 2015, demanding “Open or Die!”

The book should be a reminder to Americans in particular that all diversity is not equal. While Mexican immigration brings worsening crime, misogyny and poor scholarship skills, there are at least burritos and other tasty chow. Muslim culture brings nothing — no cuisine, literature or music. The best the west can hope for is the lack of jihad tendencies among newbies, but that behavior may appear in the second generation anyway, as youthful rebellion turns to the well developed dark side of Islam.

An interview on British radio a few weeks back is worth a listen:

It’s interesting that Murray discusses the history of failed ideas in Europe in his Wall Street Journal opinion piece, saying the resulting “tiredness” has caused Europeans to give up on their culture and welcome the “inevitable” influx of unfriendly foreigners. However he doesn’t mention that Europeans are accepting the most dangerous belief of all, that diversity is the highest pinnacle of human progress. On the contrary, diversity the ideology is another dumb idea in the vein of communism and socialism. When the diversity is Muslim-flavored, welcoming millions of its invasive practitioners is truly suicide

Europe’s Elites Seem Determined to Commit Suicide by ‘Diversity’, by Douglas Murray, Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2017

Politicians say with fury that their migration policies ‘must’ work. What if they don’t?

Europe in 2017 is racked with uncertainty—the eurozone crises, the endless challenges of the European Union, national elections that resemble endless rounds of bullet-dodging. Yet even these events are insignificant compared with the deep tectonic shifts beneath the Continent’s politics, shifts that Europeans—and their allies—ignore at our peril.

Throughout the migration crisis of recent years I traveled across the Continent, from the reception islands into which migrants arrive to the suburbs in which they end up and the chancelleries which encouraged them to come. For decades Europe had encouraged guest workers, and then their families, to come. As Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel once admitted, nobody expected them to stay.

Yet stay they did, with their numbers swelling even when there were no jobs. Waking up to the results of their policy, European societies rebranded themselves “multicultural” societies, only to begin wondering what that meant. Could a multicultural society make any demands of its newcomers? Or would that be “racist”?

From the 2000s legal and illegal immigration picked up. Boats regularly set out from Turkey and North Africa to enter Europe illegally. Syrians fleeing civil war pushed into the Continent, soon joined by people from across sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, the Middle East and Far East.

Today the great migration is off the front pages. Yet it goes on. On an average weekend nearly 10,000 people arrive on Italian reception islands alone. Where do they go? What do they expect? And what do we expect of them?

To find the answer to these and other questions it is necessary to ask deeper questions. Why did Europe decide it could take in the poor and dispossessed of the world? Why did we decide that anybody in the world fleeing war, or just seeking a better life, could come to Europe and call it home?

The reasons lie partly in our history, not least in the overwhelming German guilt, which has spread across the Continent and affected even our cultural cousins in America and Australia. Egged on by those who wish us ill, we have fallen for the idea that we are uniquely guilty, uniquely to be punished, and uniquely in need of having our societies changed as a result.

There is also, for Europe, the sense of what I call tiredness—the feeling that the story might have run out: that we have tried religion, all imaginable forms of politics, and that each has, one after another, led us to disaster. When we taint every idea we touch, perhaps a change is as good as a rest. Continue reading this article

In Los Angeles Koreatown, Poverty Lurks beneath the Success

Los Angeles Times’ recent spotlight on increasing diverse homelessness has been a reminder of how open borders have turned the United States from a middle class society into the flophouse for the world. Foreigners enter illegally to obtain an array of freebies such as free-to-them medical care, even ultra-expensive procedures like organ transplants. The story discussed below makes a non-explanatory observation that a Korean man “thought the United States would be better for his daughter, who was disabled with brain damage.”

The welcome mat has been out for years for poor and sick illegals to obtain a better life with first-world benefits on the backs of the American taxpayer, and the decades’ accumulation is showing up in symptoms like diverse homelessness.

The Times’ Monday front page featured a Korean sob story that diverts from the usual success narrative that one sees in the media about that tribe. One estimate puts the number of illegal alien Koreans at 20 percent, and some of that group struggle with poverty in Koreatown and beyond. Cultural shame about any failure makes admitting illegal status a verboten subject which is interesting because hispanics essentially celebrate it.

The story is a reminder that poverty is everywhere, even tucked away in normally success-oriented communities — with excessive immigration being a big causal factor.

As usual, La Times downplays the illegal immigration aspect of the story, disguising it by saying “immigrants” may have “overstayed their visas” or “lack work permits” thereby avoiding the plain truth that some Koreans are illegal aliens and have fewer opportunities as a result. Not speaking English is rather limiting also, even in diverse LA.

In booming Koreatown, these immigrants live fizzled American dreams, Los Angeles Times, June 1, 2017

When he hears his phone ring, Seon Jin Kim’s whole body flinches and his ears perk up.

A 62-year-old diabetic with diminishing eyesight, he bounds up the stairs and dives for the phone. This could be the minimum-wage job at a Koreatown pool hall he interviewed for a couple of days ago, the call that would get him back on his feet.

But it’s a wrong number. The phone rings again a few minutes later and he flies up the steps once more — another wrong number.

He couldn’t tell you where things went wrong, but after more than a decade of paint jobs, construction work and cleaning toilets, he had landed in this unofficial shelter for Koreans, run by an Episcopal priest.

For Korean immigrants in Los Angeles, Koreatown, with luxury condos, ever-crowded restaurants and a nightlife that draws the young and trendy from every part of the city, represents an ideal of prosperity and high achievement.

But decades after immigrating, few of the bus boys, cashiers, drivers, cooks and unskilled construction workers who helped build K-town embody the sort of success stories Forbes magazine once called “Bankers, Grocers and Lots of Kims.”

Often unable to speak English and lacking career skills or legal work visas, they are part of what researchers have called a “pliant, low-wage immigrant workforce,” that remains stuck in low-paying jobs nationwide.

In Koreatown, some of those workers’ stories end at a home residents call Adullam, after the Old Testament cave in which David took refuge.

There’s the man who once worked 18-hour days driving illegal cabs to support a daughter with cerebral palsy.

A mother who has worked for decades in hair salons paying off a husband’s gambling debts while raising a deaf and mute son.

A man who started one business after another, peddling clothing and perfume, until it all came crumbling down.

David left the biblical Adullam and went on to become king of Israel.

Some of the dozens of impoverished Koreans who have stayed at Koreatown’s Adullam since it opened in 2009 have moved on to jobs as supermarket cashiers or box packers. But seven have died here and others don’t see themselves leaving any other way.

The ‘enclave economy’

In 1980, a sociologist studying Cubans in Miami theorized that a self-contained economy in which Cuban-owned businesses employed other Cubans, offered a jump-start for newly arriving immigrants.

Since then, though, other researchers have found that these “enclave economies” might be more of an impediment: the ethnic clusters that are launchpads for some, can be a lifelong trap for others, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation by employers and stuck in dead-end jobs with low pay. Continue reading this article

Los Angeles Homelessness Shows a Big Increase in Latino Diversity

The LA Times reports that hispanic homelessness is surging in the county, up by up by 63 percent in the past year, a jaw-drop number particularly when the total homeless population increased by 23 percent.

Certainly a string of really bad luck can put some people on the streets, but the exploding numbers of a certain demographic group indicate years of open borders are showing up in homelessness. When nearly 58,000 persons are homeless in Los Angeles County, the prevalence of illegal alien Latinos in the population should be a hint to the problem.

Naturally, the anything-goes diversity beliefs of the LA Times show up in the way it doesn’t say straight out that illegal immigration is fueling yet another social problem. Apparently there aren’t enough jobs Americans won’t do to put tortillas and rent on the table for a growing number of foreign residents.

The United States is a job-creating machine compared to a lot of places, but it cannot supply employment for the moochers of the world.

Surge in Latino homeless population ‘a whole new phenomenon’ for Los Angeles, Los Angeles Times, June 18, 2017

Timoteo Arevalos never imagined he’d end up here, loitering for hours on a bench at Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights, using his backpack as his pillow.

He used to have a government job, but the recession hit and he was laid off. He then tried to scrape by as a dishwasher, but last fall his hours were cut and he couldn’t pay his rent.

Now, he is part of a rising number of Latinos who are living homeless in Los Angeles. Recent figures released by the county show that Latino homelessness shot up by 63% in the past year, a staggering number in a county that saw its overall homeless population soar by 23%, despite increasing efforts to get people off the street.

Nearly every demographic, including youth, families and veterans, showed increases in homelessness, but Latinos delivered one of the sharpest rises, adding more than 7,000 people to the surge.

“I would say it’s a whole new phenomenon,” said County Supervisor Hilda Solis, whose district saw Latino homelessness go up by 84%. “We have to put it on the radar and really think outside the box when we consider how to help this population.”

Homeless officials and outreach groups say Los Angeles’ rising rents and stale wages are the main drivers pushing many out of their homes.

According to a study released by the Homeless Services Authority, renters living in Los Angeles are the most cost-burdened nationwide. More than 2 million households in L.A. and Orange counties have housing costs that exceed 30% of their income.

Latinos are particularly at risk, with many working up to two to three low-paying jobs to make ends meet. Those lacking legal status are more vulnerable these days as they struggle to find work and avoid public assistance, which they fear could flag them for eventual deportation. Continue reading this article

Resistance to EU Mandate of Muslim Immigration Hardens in Eastern Europe

The rumble is growing from nations in Eastern Europe that they will not submit to Muslim immigration being forced upon them by the EU bureaucrats in Brussels. Memories are long in the east, where barbaric Islamic rule under the Ottomans lasted for centuries. (One practice, Dershirme — the kidnapping of Christian boys for a life of military service — is but one example of muslim oppression.)

Eastern Europeans don’t want hostile muslims dumped in their countries, because they’ve been there and done that. Plus the new threat is huge, with millions of jihadists fired up and on the march. Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban recently remarked, “Migration turned out to be the Trojan horse of terrorism.”

On September 13, 2015, thousands of Poles rallied in Warsaw to protest the EU’s open borders, with slogans like “Islam will be the death of Europe.”

For resistance against Brussels, there is strength in numbers, as more countries line up to deny the EU’s forced migration mandate:

Czech Republic Joins Poland, Hungary and Slovakia in Refusing EU-Imposed Migrants, Gateway Pundit, June 10, 2017

The Czech Republic has joined its Central European neighbors in officially announcing a withdrawal from the European Union’s 2015 migrant resettlement program.

After much criticism of the scheme, which seeks to resettle an initial 160,000 migrants from Italy and Greece across EU member states, the Czechs have finally withdrawn citing concerns over security and the ‘’dysfunctionality’’ of what has been criticized as a shambolic program.

Prague had accepted only 12 of the 1,600 migrants required by Brussels before leaving the program, which imposes quotas on all 28 member states under threat of sanction.

The resettlement scheme was the EU’s initial response to the near Biblical wave of migrants which arrived in autumn 2015 following Angela Merkel’s decision to open Germany’s borders…

Naturally, no good deed goes unpunished by authoritarian multiculturalists, and EU honchos mean to smack down any resistance against their toxic diversity scheme, as noted by the Guardian (6/13): EU takes action against eastern states for refusing to take refugees. Brussels is bringing a court case against Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic, and what’s the worst it could do? Demand fines? If a worsened argument hastens a further breakup of the European Union, that would be an excellent outcome for all.

Furthermore, it’s not just Eastern Europeans complaining about the EU’s forced immigration: a new poll from Pew Research found that Europeans in general overwhelmingly want their national governments to determine who enters, not Brussels.

Vaclav Klaus, the former president of the Czech Republic, is a famous defender of national sovereignty:

Continue reading this article

Collaborative Manufacturing Robot Is Introduced

Industrial robot manufacturers have a marketing problem: they want potential customers to be able to purchase the labor-saving machines without frightening the hired help. If employees think they are about to be replaced by a smart machine, unpleasant workplace tensions might result.

So manufacturers have to adjust their language to a non-threatening vocabulary. One choice has been “co-bot” as in “collaborative robot” to ease the sting. Lately it seems the co-bot term has disappeared, perhaps sounding too gimmicky. But the collaborative idea has remained to emphasize the improved efficiency that smart machines provide to the remaining humans.

The YuMi robot is marketed as the “world’s first collaborative dual-arm robot” by manufacturer ABB. The machine is safe for close use, unlike larger industrial robots which can be dangerous.

The show-and-tell segment about the robot on Fox Business Tuesday was surprisingly straightforward with the details. The YuMi can be trained to do tasks by a human moving its arms in the appropriate fashion, meaning that advanced coding is not needed for operation.

Manufacturer ABB says YuMi would be a good choice for small to medium-sized businesses with its moderate cost and advanced capability. The machine can do small parts assembly, varieties of manufacturing and food production. The representative William Studebaker said, “This robot costs roughly $50,000, it works 24/7 365 days of the year with no healthcare or overtime” — an obvious pitch about replacing those greedy human workers. Continue reading this article

Future Automation Plans Include Ocean Shipping

The death by a thousand cuts continues to shrink the employment universe even in the rather obscure maritime sector, where few people seek jobs at sea any more. A recent report noted that Japanese firms are planning an automation remodel for ocean-going cargo ships, just like the self-driving cars nobody asked for. Japanese shipbuilders intend to construct remote-controlled ships for the near-future with fully automated on the to-do list for later.

As usual, the job-slashers claim automation will “reduce accidents” — when the clear motive is to cut costs by replacing humans with machines. It must be said that ships are still lost at sea at great cost in lives and property. Using appropriate technology to lessen the inherent danger is positive, unlike the wholesale dumping of humans.

The Guardian reported on the Japanese consortium:

Japanese firms plan to launch self-driving cargo ships within decade, Guardian, June 8, 2017

Shipbuilders and shipping firms believe autonomous ships will reduce accidents by removing potential for human error

Commercial drones and self-driving cars will soon be joined by fleets of autonomous cargo ships that navigate the world’s oceans using artificial intelligence.

Several shipbuilders and shipping firms in Japan have joined forces to develop remote-controlled cargo vessels that could be launched by 2025, according to the country’s Nikkei business newspaper…

Below, some representations of the future automated container ship look similar to human-run versions, at least on the outside.

In addition, the ports are becoming more automated, so robot ships will fit into a friendly existing infrastructure.

Automated straddle-carriers, the modern version of the basic forklift, stack uniformly sized containers of goods after being unloaded by computerized cargo cranes from enormous purpose-built ships for temporary storage at the port and then transfer to trucks and railways for delivery to final destinations.

Automation is a world techno-phenomenon, including the ocean shipping sector, and the pain will be felt everywhere. (See my Social Contract article, How Automation Threatens Third World Stability.) Automation is happening now, but will really heat up in the next 5 to 10 years as many more labor-saving machines appear in the workplace.

The big picture of employment is indeed sobering. Oxford researchers forecast in 2013 that nearly half of American jobs were vulnerable to machine or software replacement within 20 years. Rice University computer scientist Moshe Vardi believes that in 30 years humans will become largely obsolete, and world joblessness will reach 50 percent. The Gartner tech advising company believes that one-third of jobs will be done by machines by 2025. Forrester Research Inc. has a more optimistic view, that there will be a net job loss of 7 percent by 2025 from automation. The recent PwC forecast was only slightly less severe than the Oxford numbers.

So America won’t need any more immigrants for non-existent jobs, right? In fact,

Automation makes immigration obsolete.

The big robot plans for the maritime industry around the world are outlined in the MIT tech publication:

Shipping Giants Are Looking to Self-Piloting Boats to Shift Cargo, MIT Technology Review, June 9, 2017

Millions of containers could be hauled by robotic ships within the next decade.

Forget Uber’s autonomous 18-wheelers: if you want a robot to haul a heavy load in the future, it might be worth considering a self-piloting container ship instead.

Plenty of people have been building modest autonomous boats in recent years, but the real payoff is in something much larger. As the Economist has pointed out in the past, fully robotic cargo ships could be faster, safer, and ultimately cheaper to run than their crewed counterparts. And that promise obviously hasn’t escaped the attention of some of the world’s largest users of maritime freight. Continue reading this article

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