It’s easy to visualize the robot aspect of the smart machine revolution, with post-human manufacturing happening more and more. We are accustomed to images of big robot arms constructing automobiles with no people in sight, but there is also plenty of technological unemployment that is being created by computers. Some white collar professions are just as […]
A new robot prototype from a Japanese company looks like another step toward a completely automated warehouse, where no human workers are necessary.
The machine has two arms and can pull items off a shelf and place them into a box.
This robot is an advance over the Kiva warehouse system used by Amazon to speed its […]
This report from Down Under probably describes the situation in all first-world societies: colleges and trade schools are cranking out increasingly useless degrees and skills that will not serve the economic interests of those who work for years to get them. The workplace is undergoing fundamental change because of automation, robotics and computers, but hidebound […]
Watching snotty globalist Fareed Zakaria is generally a waste of time, but the segment of his CNN show with writer Derek Thompson was informative because it discussed automation’s threat to ordinary American jobs. Thompson wrote the May Atlantic article about the subject, A World without Work, that got some attention.
The only clip I could find was […]
Talk about shooting yourself in the foot: fast-food workers have not been paying attention to what is happening in their industry — that automation is coming on strong — and their ignorance is about to bite them. Business owners have looked at worker demands for $15/hour versus the cost of burger-making robots, and the machines […]
The Amazon company has been a leader in replacing human workers with automation. Its Kiva semi-automated warehouse system enables orders to be processed and shipped rapidly. The robots bring the merchandise to human workers who pack the items up in boxes for shipment. Manual dexterity keeps humans employed in that department — for now. The […]
The Argus-Leader newspaper of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has been running a series of articles this week titled Robot Week stories: How technology is changing the workforce. It covers some common topics like fast food jobs and medicine while considering the common skepticism that a jobs revolution is not happening.
One piece is an interview with […]
Manufacturing robots are showing up in interesting places, and not just in industrialized economies any more. Despite India’s having an abundance of very cheap labor, it is just as susceptible as America to automation because robots have gotten inexpensive enough to make them competitive with humans.
Robot arms spray motorcycle gas tanks in a factory in […]
As Washington plods along with its 20th century assumptions regarding labor and the economy, the technology-fueled future is here and changing all the rules. Just when we have adjusted to the idea that cars are produced by a robot factory with few humans, now the 3D printer is being rejiggered to build autos.
That concept shouldn’t […]
There are numerous lists of jobs being made obsolete by automation sorted by expertise level (e.g. blue collar, financial, medical) and also by skill type, such as in the chart below:
Today’s item purports to list the top ten jobs moving to the automation column soon. A brief look reveals they account for millions of American jobs.
I generally don’t care much for the PBS Newshour’s liberal slant on nearly everything, but must admit they have done good work in examining the automation revolution in the workplace. They have reported important tech news, like one research firm’s forecast that smart machines will perform one-third of jobs by 2025 and have kept an […]
The automation revolution keeps picking up speed as the machines get better. Today’s news included a report from Fox Business about McDonald’s introduction of kiosks to replace human order takers in its restaurants. The company saw the writing on the wall last year with the noisy campaign to demand big pay raises for fast food […]