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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Don’t worry, little human, robot designers are concerned with making the working environment comfy regarding the machine-people interface. That’s the message from the producers of the UBR-1 robot, the latest in smart machines that can work in manufacturing or other assorted tasks.
We’ve heard this mendacity before, that advanced mechanization is being brought in to “help” [...]
Tuesday’s LA Times front page featured an employment story with an upbeat headline: “U.S. jobs return as offshoring ebbs.”
But you don’t have to read far to see that the number of returning jobs is seriously reduced. A caption notes one power system company “can now make an alternator with one worker in the time it [...]
The following chart is a dismal reminder of the failure of the post-recession “recovery” to grow jobs.
Moreover, the lack of jobs should illustrate the insanity of the Senate’s scheme to double legal immigration in addition to a work permit amnesty for at least 11 million lawbreaking foreigners.
In addition, smart machines are rapidly reducing the need [...]
Things are changing down on the farm. Smart machines in the form of milkbots are lightening the load a bit for dairy farmers, removing the pressure of needing to have someone in the barn every twelve hours 365 days a year. After a little training, the cows walk into the milking contraption whenever they feel [...]
Are young folks still piling into law school, hoping for a steady career with good money?
Maybe that’s not such a good idea, since computer software designers are applying the Artificial Intelligence lessons learned from Watson (IBM’s Jeopardy champ) to the legal trade.
Watson showed the confluence of mega-memory (four terabytes), zippy search in the TV quiz [...]
On Thursday, Bill Gates spoke at the American Enterprise Institute about his foundation’s efforts against poverty worldwide titled From Poverty to Prosperity (more details in his annual letter).
Mixed into his discussion of tax policy were his observations that smart machines were coming on strong and the effects on the labor market would be profound.
Following is [...]
The business and tech press now frequently cover the approaching jobs tsunami from automation and robots, yet the immigration-obsessed Congress appears to be oblivious to the workplace revolution that will change modern society to its roots.
Surely, half of American jobs being replaced by smart machines within 20 years means that the nation’s supposed need for [...]
In Washington, legislators are barraged by billionaires demanding an open door for cheap immigrant workers, from techies to dishwashers. But in the workplace, smart machines are increasingly performing complex tasks formerly done by human workers. That transformation is partially to blame for the jobless recovery, in addition to the administration’s business-unfriendly policies of course.
On Saturday, [...]
As a careful writer, I normally spend a lot of time researching topics that are often controversial, like how illegal immigration is illegal and such. But I’ve never been so surprised as when investigating how far robotics have advanced in their capability to replace humans in complex tasks, from manufacturing to ordering in restaurants and [...]