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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
Congressman Paul Ryan is stuck on the idea that generational Boomer retirement will cause a scarcity of workers sooner or later and believes that mass immigration will save his pals, the billionaires who are starving for cheaper labor.
Ryan made the Boomer point on the Laura Ingraham radio show more than a year ago:
Paul Ryan Defends [...]
Count bellhop as another human job on the way to obsolescence because of robotics. Simple butler functions can be done by a mobile smart machine which can deliver requested items to hotel rooms.
Naturally, the hotel company manager in the following story assures us that replacing humans is not the plan, but of course it is. [...]