With mainstream media, you are lucky to get half a loaf, and a recent Washington Post item is a prime example. The piece noted how the increasing use of smart machines performing complex workplace tasks has been negatively affecting employment, and automation should therefore be a matter of public debate in the upcoming Presidential campaign.
Many factory floors can look like lonely places today, if you expect to see human workers. The assembly line designed by Henry Ford created jobs for thousands of Americans, but recently those workers have been replaced by machines.
There’s a workplace revolution happening now from manufacturing plants to offices. A 2013 report from the Associated Press [...]
The President likes to talk up the American middle class and how he is working to protect it. Meanwhile in the real world, the middle class is shrinking because of Washington policies like mass immigration, outsourcing and excess regulation.
Obama has courted the billionaires of Silicon Valley to be supporters, and the tech bosses like open [...]
Jim Clifton, the Chairman and CEO of the Gallup polling company, said what many Americans already knew, that the administration’s rosy view of declining joblessness is phony baloney. A January Fox poll found 64 percent of Americans believe the economy is still in recession, so there is a lot of suffering down on Main Street. [...]
Amazon has moved in a big way toward automating its “fulfillment centers” where customer orders are processed. It uses the Kiva warehouse system shown in a local TV report (below), in which management is just a bit too cheerful about humans working happily alongside the zippy little machines which bring items to be packed into [...]
Sessions’ office posted a one-minute clip of his longer cross-examination in committee of Loretta Lynch, the President’s choice to be Attorney General. He interrogated her about illegal aliens’ non-existent right to take American jobs.
SENATOR SESSIONS: Let me ask you this: In the workplace America today, when we have a high number of unemployed, we’ve had [...]
Last October, when I blogged about Orchard Supply Hardware’s new retail robots, their description gave the impression of limited functionality: Greeter Robots Are Unveiled in Hardware Stores. These days, they are called “sales assistants.” Apparently the machines are working out.
Below, an OSHbot helps a customer find a desired gizmo. The smart machine costs $50,000 and [...]
What does it cost to start a race war? Is $33 million in one year enough? Perhaps not quite, judging from George Soros’ efforts to create anger among black Americans against the authorities. Plenty of chaos happened, certainly, and Ferguson the town will probably not recover from the arson and riots it suffered for decades, [...]
The report says the contract calls for “an automated assistant” that can fly the plane, so essentially a co-pilot. Presumably the pilot will be jettisoned as well a few years later.
That innovation should be no surprise. The 1980 movie Airplane! had a functioning auto-pilot that worked perfectly well… most of the time.
Of course in 1980, [...]
The threat of smart machines to jobs is becoming more recognized as the economy gradually improves but hiring still lags stubbornly behind. During the long recession, businesses have adopted strategies emphasizing “efficiency” which means more computers, automation and robots.
That trend is particularly noticeable in manufacturing, as shown in the graph below.
The good news is that [...]
When I was a kid in the last century, one of my father’s best friends worked as a fireman on the Erie Railroad (even though diesel engines did not require a man shoveling coal to keep the train running). He earned a comfortable middle-class living for himself and his wife from that job.
Now efficiency, technological [...]
On Saturday, Fox News’ financial show Bulls & Bears discussed how laws for the minimum wage have had the unfortunate effect on workers of spurring more rapid automation.
The financial talking heads babbled along, with film of robot and computer gizmos playing along side. The machines include a hardware store greeter/guider, Amazon’s automated warehouse, restaurant ordering [...]