Congressman Barletta Challenges Administration on Amnesty's Job Displacement

On Tuesday, the Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing titled Open Borders: The Impact of Presidential Amnesty on Border Security. The Secretary of DHS, Jeh Johnson (see his prepared statement), was the only witness and he pitched the administration’s position that the amnesty is lawful in spite of all evidence to the contrary.

Congressman Lou [...]

Amazon.com Robots Are in Place to Process Christmas Orders

Many people will be ordering books and other merchandise from Amazon.com this Christmas. But few realize how robotized the company’s warehouses have become. Key is the Kiva robot system which moves shelves of appropriate items to the human who packs the order for shipment.

Below, Kiva warehouse robots are wired in to a computer system that [...]

Behold the Imposing Robot Security Guard, Now Deployed at Microsoft

I reported on the surveillance robot last December (Surveillance Robot Is Touted as Security Aid (while It Eliminates Jobs) where the item was described by boosters as being like R2D2, the little fireplug droid in Star Trek. The industry-supplied photo made it look small and unthreatening, suitable for school use because it wouldn’t scare the [...]

Income Inequality Will Worsen with Millions of Immigrants Who 'Work for Peanuts'

Do schools still teach the basic concept of supply and demand, in particular that when a labor market is flooded, then wages fall? It often seems not, since news coverage of unemployment almost never mentions the effect of importing millions of foreign workers on wages and job availability.

Democrats wail about income inequality and advocate for [...]

Greeter Robots Are Unveiled in Hardware Stores

Don’t be surprised if you are welcomed to an Orchard Supply Hardware Store by a robot ready to direct your shopping to the right aisle. Just show the replacement part needed to the machine’s screen and the OSHbot will escort you to the correct spot.

An addition, the robot celebrates diversity by speaking Spanish, so immigrants [...]

Worker Wage Demands Prompt Move toward Automation

The unskilled fast food workers engaged in the “Fight for $15″ campaign (or Lucha por 15 in Spanish) are cutting their own throats at the direction of unions because smart machines are ready and able to take their jobs.

Machines already exist that can do the cooking: Robot Serves Up 360 Hamburgers per Hour.

But the Wall [...]

Analyst: One in Three Jobs Will Be Done by Smart Machines by 2025

The machine age is hard upon us yet its implications for the economy of America is not discussed by anyone in government. Humans are rapidly becoming less necessary in the workplace where computers, automation and robots are performing tasks that would have been thought science fiction just a few years ago.

Last year, an Oxford University [...]

California Almond Growing Becomes More Mechanized

This item from Stanislaus County has some fascinating frontline farm information about the changing job market in agriculture because of machinery. Almond trees are easy to manage, compared with pickier crops like peaches, so the nuts are growing in popularity among farmers.

Part of almond attractiveness is the application of mechanical technology. Farm robots and simpler [...]

West Coast Ports Plan Robot Replacement of Human Workers

When globalization was being pitched some years back by economic elites, they admitted outsourcing would send millions of jobs overseas to cheap-labor nations like Red China, but at least there will be lots of jobs in port cities where the billions of dollars in goods are received.

But modern automation and robots are changing that source [...]

Los Angeles: Street Vendors Increase Because of Unemployment

Here’s another sign of the jobless recovery: more people turn to peddling stuff on the street because they cannot find regular employment. Governor Jerry Brown has touted California’s improved economy during his campaign for re-election, but the unemployment rate remains at a painful 7.4 percent compared with the nation’s 6.2 percent in July.

A recent study [...]

Economy Update: 'Middle Class Is Actually Shrinking'

Business reporter Stuart Varney appeared on Fox News Thursday morning to comment upon the new unemployment figures:

STUART VARNEY: “The numbers are pretty good, I gotta say, those headline numbers hit you pretty good. But you dig a little deeper just beneath the surface and you see that not everybody is sharing in this recovery… What [...]

Video: Humans Need Not Apply

Check out this 15-minute video showing the encroachment of robots and automation ever further into the modern workplace. Describing the history of machines increasingly doing the work of humans, the narrator observes, “You may think we’ve been here before, but we haven’t. This time is different,” because today’s machines can learn and even teach themselves.

Many [...]

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