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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]