Will Machines Replace Humans to Become the New Workforce?

Aside from techies, financial people appear to be the most aware of the fundamental changes now occurring in the workplace caused by automation. People who analyze economic trends, including employment, have to look at the facts and numbers — unlike, say, politicians who are either clueless or hiding under the bed. (See my new Social […]

Automation Threatens Jobs in Poor Nations, and May Propel More Illegal Immigration

Smart machines will likely fuel social turmoil in ways we can barely imagine now. Automation has already contributed substantially to the jobless recovery here at home. In addition, the decreasing cost of the machines means they are already taking jobs from humans in the third world and will do so to an increasing degree.

The basic […]

Israel Considers Public Policy to Confront Automation Job Loss

Throughout the industrialized world, automation is making rapid inroads into the workplace and has displaced millions of humans from jobs in the Great Recession. The process operates similarly everywhere — a business owner finds a machine or software that can perform a task more cheaply than a human, and the worker gets a pink slip […]

Davos Meeting Focuses on Fourth Industrial Revolution, aka Automation

The World Economic Forum wrapping up on Saturday in Davos has made the future of employment a major focus, calling it the Fourth Industrial Revolution:

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, which includes developments in previously disjointed fields such as artificial intelligence and machine-learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3-D printing, and genetics and biotechnology, will cause widespread disruption not only […]

Davos Forecasts Five Million Jobs Lost to Automation in 15 Nations by 2020

The global thinkers at the World Economic Forum have produced a new report drilling down into the automation workplace revolution, which they call the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The report focuses on world trends and has no specifics about the job losses of individual countries, at least that I could find in a brief search & skim […]

Obama Plans to Spend $4 Billion to Speed Development of Self-Driving Vehicles

The tech industry has been successfully moving forward at deliberate speed to create self-driving cars, trucks and buses, but the administration thinks it can help by dumping in a major infusion of taxpayer cash. On Thursday, the Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a plan increase government meddling in driverless vehicles to expedite the process:

FOXX: “We […]

Automation Debate: Will Smart Machines Disrupt the Economic Order or Not?

In the dialogue about increasing workplace automation, a lot of the discussion that occurs online follows the pattern of the following Financial Times discussion, which is aimed largely at educated people who are concerned about their own future employment. The argument typically splits between those who think new jobs will develop to replace the old […]

GM Invests $500 Million in Lyft to Develop Self-Driving Cabs

Last June I reported on the Uber ride-sharing service planning to move into self-driving taxis. Now there is news that a competitor is being pumped up by a serious cash injection from General Motors.

Below, Google self-driving prototype cars have been scooting around Silicon Valley during the testing program.

The Wall Street Journal video about the Lyft […]

DHS Plan Would Allow Foreign Workers to Stay Indefinitely

These days, it’s hard to keep up with all the creative ways that Washington is working to harm American citizens. In the immigration arena particularly, American interests of national security and citizen employment are being constantly pummeled by open borders and an anti-sovereignty attitude.

One sneaker item was quietly inserted by DHS just before New Years, […]

Automation Threatens Meatpacking Jobs

National Public Radio reports that a major meat processor is considering the addition of robotic machines to its production plants. The machines continue to get smarter and are likely to become equipped with sensing technology before too long that allows them to feel where bones are, a vital skill in butchering a carcass. The improving […]

Inside a Totally Modern Lego Factory: Robots!

A lot of Christmas trees probably had Lego presents under them a few days back, but it was not Santa’s elves who produced the popular building blocks.

In fact, neither elves nor humans have much to do with the production of Lego stuff nowadays, because the automation force is strong in this company.

A recent Daily Mail story […]

Quarter-Mile-Long Container Ship Docks at Los Angeles Port

Here’s a postcard from the expanding globalized economy: outsourced manufacturing requires mega-shipping to transport the cheaply-produced goods back to American consumers.

The latest money-saver for corporations is the biggest container ship ever to land in North America, the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, a French-owned ship, which docked on Saturday at the Port of Los Angeles. Built […]

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