Amazon Explores Next Step in Automated Warehouses -- Bye Bye Human Workers!

In February, I wrote about Amazon’s new “fulfillment centers” that featured increased use of robots: “North Texas: Amazon.com Promotes Its Semi-Automated Warehouses.” Managers assured the public and new local employees that the smart machines “help” humans do the heavy lifting and boring stuff that the workers don’t want to do.

We’ve heard that kind of language [...]

American Workers Displaced by Cheap Foreigners Must Speak Anonymously

Tuesday’s Senate hearing focused on protecting American workers brought several experts to explain the abuse of foreign worker visas to displace citizens.

One speaker was John Miano who is seen discussing legislation in the clip below, noting “the interests of American workers, the voters, are simply ignored in the I-Squared Act.”

(See more hearing clips here and [...]

Meet Sawyer the Robot, Baxter's More Precise Cousin

The company that created Baxter, the $25,000 robot designed to do manufacturing jobs 24/7, has come up with a new machine that is smaller and capable of finer movements. So while Baxter can pack boxes and other simple movements, Sawyer’s more delicate touch allows it to perform some aspects of electronics manufacturing, for example.

The company’s [...]

Professor Warns H-1b Expansion Could End Tech Jobs for Americans

Rutgers Professor Hal Salzman was a standout witness in Tuesday’s Senate hearing because of his grasp of the facts and skill at explaining the danger to citizens’ employment from bad policies.

Senator Sessions questioned the professor on the subject of legislation:

SESSIONS: In an article that appeared in US News and World Report you wrote, “Guest workers [...]

Senate Hearing Examines H-1b Visas and US Worker Displacement

On Tuesday morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers that mostly centered on replacement of citizens by foreign workers.

The fraud-friendly H-1b employment visa has been a problem for years and shows how little the government cares about protecting hard-working Americans who spent years and plenty [...]

Democrats Blast Obama's Secret Trade Negotiations

One eternal mystery is why liberals oppose trade deals that offshore US jobs to foreign nations while they ignore excessive immigration that has the same negative effect of Americans’ losing their employment. It has never made sense to me.

Lou Dobbs examined the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on his Monday show:

ED ROLLINS: The thing that needs to [...]

Business Is Thrilled That Automation Raises Productivity, but Doesn't Mind Mass Unemployment

How is an economy supposed to function when human workers are becoming obsolete because of smart machines in the workplace? Leisure time is certainly nice, but humans require money for acquiring goods and services. Curiously, the captains of industry don’t seem to notice the consumption part of the economy equation, and when people don’t get [...]

Smart Machines Take More White Collar Jobs, So Importing H-1b Workers May Not Be Necessary

Robots have been moving into factories and farms to perform tasks earlier done by human workers.

Below, factory robots weld and assemble cars without a human in sight.

But machines and software are getting smarter at a rapid rate. As automation expert Andrew McAfee notes in the video following, a lot of people now use software to [...]

WPost Suggests Presidential Candidates 'Reckon with Robots', but Ignores Resulting Need for Less Immigration

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.

That’s [...]

Report: Factory Robots Will Increase in Near Future

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.

Then:

Now:

There’s a workplace revolution happening now from manufacturing plants to offices. A 2013 report from the Associated Press [...]

California: Hundreds of American IT Workers Are Replaced by Foreigners using H-1b Visas

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 [...]

Gallup CEO Says Improved Employment Is a ‘Big Lie’

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. [...]

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