In July 2013, an Asiana airliner from Korea smacked into the seawall at the edge of the San Francisco Airport runway on approach and crashed, killing three and injuring dozens.
After the evidence was analyzed, one causal factor determined was that the pilot wasn’t prepared to fly the plane manually during the emergency. Furthermore, a 2013 […]
Senator Sessions understands that the globalized economy is full of pitfalls for the American worker, particularly trade deals that benefit only wealthy corporations by pushing wages ever downward by way of outsourcing and immigration. Previous global trade agreements have been uniformly terrible for American workers’ jobs and wages, yet we are supposed to believe that […]
Politics sometimes seems like musical chairs, where politicians take positions on account of the situation of the moment and then remain in place despite all reason.
For example, Democrats oppose trade deals that cause Americans to lose jobs but don’t mind flooding the nation with millions of excess immigrant workers taking citizen jobs. On the other […]
Automation expert Martin Ford appeared on NPR Monday to discuss his new book, “Rise Of The Robots: Technology And The Threat Of A Jobless Future“. (You can read an except from the book on my blog Robotics Expert Martin Ford Explains the Automated Hamburger and Other Job-Killing Smart Machines.)
The audio file is posted below; you […]
A front-page story in Sunday’s Washington Post focused on a government contest to build a humanoid robot capable of acting as a first responder in dangerous situations. The challenge of dealing with the radioactive Fukushima disaster has focused the military on what talents are needed in the next generation of robots, where the machines need […]
Martin Ford’s new book is titled “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future” which is a subject that should be far more discussed in public. (My copy is scheduled to arrive in a few days.)
The topic of systemic job loss caused by automation has been examined in some corners, like the […]
Tuesday’s front page of the Washington Post included a photo of a new machine that will eventually make anesthesiologists obsolete. It sedates the patient for one-tenth the price of a human doctor, so despite reassurances in the article, the machine is likely to have rapid adoption because of the cost reduction it offers.
The sedation machine […]
The American citizen’s best friend in Washington has been cautioning against the highly flawed trade deal that not only would offshore US jobs to cheap-labor nations but would also grease the skids for more immigration.
Senator Sessions spoke against the legislation in this audio recording dated May 8, 2015. He cited a Luntz poll where 70 […]
Economic observer Lou Dobbs was bemused to see the President visit the Nike corporate HQ in Oregon on Friday to campaign for his Trans-Pacific Partnership trade scheme. Factually, Nike reaps huge profits from having moved its production of athletic merchandise out of America to offshore factories and is therefore an example of how millions of […]
This website has examined the expanded use of technology to deprive Americans of their jobs, and physical robots illustrate that workplace revolution very clearly. However, clever software also eliminates many workers, though not as visually. For example, tax software now performs the calculations that were earlier done by human tax preparation experts.
That transformation is occurring […]
Despite the extreme headline, the factory being constructed is not 100 percent robots with zero humans: rather, the aim is to cut only 90 percent of the facility’s workforce. Oh joy.
Nevertheless, the headline shows the trend as it is envisioned by captains of industry from Beijing to Fort Worth. Human workers are a cost to […]
We have become accustomed to seeing robots in the workplace in big industries like auto manufacturing, but most Americans work in smaller companies, so the threat of smart machine replacement for those jobs is not so great, right? Wrong.
Baxter the robot, a machine introduced a couple years ago, costs around $22,000 to purchase and $3/hour […]