The Self-Driving Car Edges Closer to True Autonomy

We’ve been hearing about self-driving cars for several years, but until now, there has always been a human in the driver’s seat in case anything went wrong. The latest news from Google reveals that its autonomous car, called the Waymo, is ramping up to the next level where no driver will be present at the […]

Young Non-DREAMer Illegal Can’t Get a Job in the United States

The advent of the Trump administration has been a fine opportunity for the art of illegal immigration sob stories, and they can’t be hard for lib scribblers to dig up. Today’s sniffler episode concerns Mexican David Cruz Hernandez who just missed being a DACA moocher by being a few months too old. He nevertheless managed […]

The Social Contract Spotlights Automation and Immigration

A few months ago, I worked with The Social Contract quarterly to produce an issue with a section discussing the topic of how automation affects America’s need for immigration. The result was the Fall 2016 issue, subtitled “When Robots Replace Humans.”

After writing dozens of blogs for LimitsToGrowth.org about rapidly advancing automation, robots and computer software, my […]

American Workers Replaced with H-1b Foreigners Speak Out about Disney

Last spring, we learned that Disney, the fabled story-teller of moral goodness for children, axed its American IT department so it could replace them with cheaper Indian workers. The citizens were forced to train their foreign replacements or else lose their severance package. The Americans were also supposed to keep quiet about how shabbily they […]

A Future Forecast Shows Fewer Jobs for Humans Because of Automation

The Gartner consulting firm is in the business of advising tech companies and prognosticating about future trends in that regard. A year ago, it made a forecast that should have gotten a lot more attention: Smart robots will take over a third of jobs by 2025, Gartner says (PBS Newshour, Oct 7, 2014). Assuming that […]

Hitachi’s Warehouse Robot Picks Out Objects and Loads Them in Boxes

A new robot prototype from a Japanese company looks like another step toward a completely automated warehouse, where no human workers are necessary.

The machine has two arms and can pull items off a shelf and place them into a box.

This robot is an advance over the Kiva warehouse system used by Amazon to speed its […]

China’s Robot Revolution Hitting a Few Bumps along the Road

About a month ago, I wrote about an “all-robot” factory in Red China which was actually only 90 percent automated. Imagine the workers’ relief!

Still, the highly automated factory sent a strong message: Chinese elites intend to maximize automation in order to eliminate jobs and they don’t try to pretend otherwise to the human workers.

Which is odd, […]

Elite Liberal Press Takes Aim at Global Trade

Politics sometimes seems like musical chairs, where politicians take positions on account of the situation of the moment and then remain in place despite all reason.

For example, Democrats oppose trade deals that cause Americans to lose jobs but don’t mind flooding the nation with millions of excess immigrant workers taking citizen jobs. On the other […]

NPR Interviews “Rise of the Robots” Author

Automation expert Martin Ford appeared on NPR Monday to discuss his new book, “Rise Of The Robots: Technology And The Threat Of A Jobless Future“. (You can read an except from the book on my blog Robotics Expert Martin Ford Explains the Automated Hamburger and Other Job-Killing Smart Machines.)

The audio file is posted below; you […]

Wretched Jobs Report (with No Mention of Immigrant Workers)

The latest employment figures are dismal to say the least. The nation’s economy added the fewest jobs in eight months, and the unemployment rate has gone up to 9.1 percent. Only 54,000 jobs were created in the month of May by private employers.

It gets worse: according to a MarketWatch report, Half of Last Month’s New […]