On Tuesday, the Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing titled Open Borders: The Impact of Presidential Amnesty on Border Security. The Secretary of DHS, Jeh Johnson (see his prepared statement), was the only witness and he pitched the administration’s position that the amnesty is lawful in spite of all evidence to the contrary.
Congressman Lou [...]
Many people will be ordering books and other merchandise from Amazon.com this Christmas. But few realize how robotized the company’s warehouses have become. Key is the Kiva robot system which moves shelves of appropriate items to the human who packs the order for shipment.
Below, Kiva warehouse robots are wired in to a computer system that [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]