Behold the Imposing Robot Security Guard, Now Deployed at Microsoft

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 [...]

Greeter Robots Are Unveiled in Hardware Stores

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 [...]

Worker Wage Demands Prompt Move toward Automation

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 [...]

Analyst: One in Three Jobs Will Be Done by Smart Machines by 2025

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 [...]

California Almond Growing Becomes More Mechanized

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 [...]

West Coast Ports Plan Robot Replacement of Human Workers

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 [...]

Video: Humans Need Not Apply

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.

Many [...]

Amnesty Huckster Paul Ryan Is Still Pushing Idea of Future Labor Shortages

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 [...]

Hotel Robot Butler Automates Room Service Delivery

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. [...]

Robot Farm Machines Advance in Skills

The image of illegal aliens in agriculture persists, since they occupy 53 percent of farm labor, but in the near future we may be seeing fewer of them.

The reason: robots and automation are replacing human workers on the farm just as surely as on the factory floor. A few years back, simple automatic harvesters and [...]

Professional Occupations Are Threatened with Displacement by Smart Machines

Informed observers have noticed that many manufacturing jobs have disappeared because of robots and automation, particularly among industries returning to the US from abroad where the updated plant needs far fewer workers. (See Manufacturing Is Returning to US, but Automation Means Fewer Hires.)

Oxford University forecast last year that 45 percent of US jobs were vulnerable [...]

More Automation Is on the Way in Service Jobs and Manufacturing

The Saturday morning business chatterboxes on Fox had an interesting discussion about how demands for a higher minimum wage will only drive employers to more use of automation. (A robot burger-flipper already exists that can produce 360 per hour, so businesses like McDonalds can reduce human employees whenever it wants.)

Naturally, nobody mentioned that increased use [...]

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