Self-Driving Trucks Will Automate Millions of Jobs

Self-driving cars and trucks are touted as improving road safety (once all the tech kinks are worked out) and will perform jobs that “people don’t really want to do.” according to the article below. Hmm, where have we heard that phrase before??

Below, the German company Daimler introduced a self-driving big-rig truck at Hoover Dam last May. […]

Red China Aims to Expand into Self-Driving Car Business

The ChiCom business sector intends to be a world leader in the coming self-driving car industry. It has big plans, including a well-developed intelligence network.

In fact, China’s tech giant Baidu has set up a Silicon Valley office in Sunnyvale, California, that employs 160 workers, many of whom are working on the car project.

The ChiComs are quite […]

Sidewalk Delivery Robots Appear to Be Moving toward Implementation

Starship Technologies has been testing its little delivery bots in a few cities and they are already being employed in London. The machine looks like an ice chest on wheels and can scoot along sidewalks without terrifying the children. And unlike Amazon’s proposed drone delivery machines, the earth-bound vehicles are unlikely to endanger safety.

The company thinks […]

Germany: Robots Will Take Human Jobs

This DW report presents the common pretend-balance of saying automation may take jobs or it may create new ones. But why would companies invest many millions of dollars (or euros) to install smart machines in manufacturing if they weren’t far cheaper in the long run? There will be some new tech jobs coming out of the technology […]

California’s Increased Minimum Wage Stimulates Automation Businesses

On Monday, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage gradually to $15 in 2022, even though he admitted, “Economically, minimum wages may not make sense.” Jerry isn’t stupid: he knows how California was among the hardest hit by the great recession in terms of employment returning.

Plus, the governor must be aware […]

Tennessee Prepares for Loss of 1.4 Million Jobs to Automation

While our hidebound representatives in Washington DC continue to ignore the technological revolution increasing in the nation’s workplaces, the political leaders in Tennessee are stepping up. The state government recognized the problem, studied it and finally created a policy response in the form of an educational program. The nation’s leaders should do half as well.

Below, robots […]

Port Automation Keeps Foreign Goods Flowing into America

Ports are another sector of the economy turning to automation to derive the “efficiency” that comes from fewer human workers. One result is the increased mechanization occurring on west coast ports because so much of manufacturing takes place in Red China. America hardly manufactures anything now, and we see it in expanded port and shipping technology. […]

Delivery Robot Is Slated for Washington DC Testing

An aspect of the brave new automated world may soon get a tryout in the nation’s capital. A general use delivery machine has already been rolled out for trials in London, and the concept is being hailed as cheaper and more environmentally friendly than traditional car delivery. The small sidewalk bots also appear much more […]

Employee Trains Robot Replacement Just by Working

Many Americans find it unfair when a capable citizen worker is forced to train a cheaper foreign replacement or else lose the company’s severance package.

But now in the automation age, just performing the job may define computer algorithms that enable a smart machine to replicate the tasks 24/7 with no breaks, sick leave or paychecks. […]

Domino’s Pizza Serves Up Sidewalk Delivery Robot

Over in Australia, the Domino Pizza people are thrilled with their robot delivery vehicle about to be rolled out. So advanced and sparkly!

The well lit machine kadoodles along sidewalks, dodging pedestrians and other obstacles at up to 12 mph and is equipped with a warm compartment for pies and a cold section for soft drinks. […]

Senate Hearing Examines Harm Immigration Causes to American Workers

On Wednesday, America’s Senator Jeff Sessions held a hearing titled, The Impact of High Levels of Immigration on U.S. Workers where the testimony of three experts and two advocates of open borders was heard and discussed.

Dr. George Borjas (see written testimony) remarked, “What I have learned from all of this is that immigration happens to come […]

Robots and Automation Are Coming for Human Jobs — Martin Ford Interview

I’ve posted earlier discussions with the author of Rise of the Robots before (Australia ABC radio, Sept 2015 and NPR, May 2015) but the latest has a timely dialogue about jobs and the incursion of  smart machines.

The automated workplace is a huge and basic threat to the economy when the social contract of payment to workers […]

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