America's Truckers Face Self-Driving Technology

Many jobs that are being replaced by automation are somewhat small in terms of the number of workers in each employment category, so the overall cumulative effect has not been adequately noticed. However drivers are a huge group with millions of workers, plus the collateral businesses that are built around track drivers in particular, like […]

Automation Is Seen as an Alternative to Outsourcing

This is something of a good news story, because when smart machines are chosen over shipping US jobs overseas wholesale, there are likely a few human workers required to assist the robots. At least for the time being.

Below, Generac Power Systems brought back its manufacturing from China, but the plant went from 400 workers in […]

Amazon’s Successful Automation Boosts Employment — For Now

Amazon’s automated warehouses continue to show how rapidly smart machines are taking over tasks that were performed by humans. A few years ago, workers pushed carts for miles around the warehouse picking out items for customer orders. Huffpo reported in 2011, “Some workers at Amazon.com’s Allentown, Pennsylvania warehouse are reportedly willing to contend with working […]

Networked Self-Driving Cars Are Moving Forward

Big changes are planned for the nation’s transportation, although the citizens have not been consulted about whether they want private ownership of cars to be pushed to the side as the government plans for a system of self-driving cars hooked up to enormous computer networks.

Not that long ago, self-driving cars were just a spark in […]

Former Restaurant Executive Declares a Robot Arm Is Cheaper Than $15/hour Humans

A one-time CEO of McDonald’s, Ed Rensi, recently appeared on a Fox Business show and explained the financial facts about automation in the fast-food industry: “If the $15 minimum wage goes across the country, you’re going to see job loss like you can’t believe. I was at the National Restaurant Show yesterday and if you […]

Retrofit Transforms Big-Rig Trucks Into Self-Driving Vehicles

It’s not that hard to imagine public acceptance of self-driving buses that poke around a simple route at a safe 12 mph, like the ones being tested in Greece. Also unthreatening is the little Google concept car designed with city driving in mind, shown below:

However, a self-driving big rig with no human in charge of […]

Uber Will Begin Testing Self-Driving Cabs in Pittsburgh

It wasn’t that long ago that the gig economy of independent contractors performing services was hailed as the hip new way of work. One such job has been people operating their own cars as taxis using ride-sharing aps on their smart phones to connect with riders.

However, technology is moving rapidly these days, and the ride-share […]

Switzerland: “Robots” Promote Guaranteed Income for Humans

Robots were on parade recently in Zurich to demonstrate in favor of a basic income for all citizens, a referendum item which is slated for the June 5 Swiss election.

Whether you agree with the solution, it’s refreshing to see people debating the socially transformative problem — what are humans supposed to do for income when […]

Industry Still Imports Cheap Foreign Labor in Violation of US Law

Sunday’s front page of the San Jose Mercury News headlined with an investigative piece about how businesses obtain cheap foreign labor. The piece details how companies use the various visa-laundering companies that admit sketchy workers and allow business to evade US laws regarding immigration, wages and work conditions. The local company Tesla was the case under […]

Influential People Agree: Automation Threatens Jobs

Over at the exclusive Milken Institute confab this week, wealthy and important people were warning about the coming robot jobs apocalypse that endangers employment across the skills spectrum.

As an example of the increasing insertion of automation into society, here is a BBC report about the four-day conference read by a robot:

It didn’t sound very human-like […]

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 […]

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