Robots Are the Next Generation of Farmworkers

It’s good to see traditional media connect the dots between automation and immigration, as the Los Angeles Times inadvertently did somewhat on Tuesday’s front page:

The online version of the article appeared last week, on Friday, July 21. An above-the-fold story with photo gets a lot more attention, certainly, as long as those newspaper boxes are sitting […]

Sewing Robot Technology Takes an Interesting Tack

Clothing manufacturers would love to economize on production with some sort of automation, but the materials used, which vary widely in terms of thickness, stretch, slickness and other qualities do not easily fit into the robot factory. The dexterity and sensitivity of the human hand has kept sewing in the human realm except for simple […]

Automation Will Revolutionize Retail for Shoppers and Workers

A recent Wall Street Journal piece framed its robot-replacing-human story by focusing on one employee who loses her job counting cash, but is moved to a greeter position at the same wage. Since the unnamed woman is 55, her gig as human greeter will likely go to a robot when she retires, if not before, […]

Coal Miners Face Replacement by Smart Machines

It was a sweet early moment in the Trump Presidency: a group of miners had been invited to the White House to watch the new Chief Executive end Obama regulations that were designed to cripple the coal industry.

Coal miner Michael Nelson thanked President Trump for keeping his election promise to help the industry’s workers.

Nelson appeared […]

Farm Robot Is Touted as Kinder to Workers

Down on the farm in Salinas California, a new robot harvester uses “water knives” — actually high-powered water jets — to pick lettuce. To hear the industry flacks describe it, the machines end unhealthy stoop labor in lettuce fields. But details in the story suggest that President Trump’s border enforcement is having an effect when […]

Burger Joint Robotics Are Coming Soon

Fast-food restaurants are a major target for automation developers because of the high labor costs connected with preparing food and dealing directly with customers. Kiosks for ordering food have begun appearing as a result of their simple design. In February for example, Wendy’s announced it would install kiosks in 1,000 restaurants (around 16 percent) by […]

South Korea Plans Airport Robot Roll Out

South Korean’s Incheon Airport is testing out some new smart machines to ease the travel experience.

Koreans are modernizing the airport a bit in advance of the Winter Olympics which start on Feb 9, 2018. The airport hopes to get the kinks worked out now, so the increased number of travelers next year will have a […]

Automation: Basic Income Is Discussed as a Possible Solution to Jobless Future

It’s a rare thing for the automation threat to employment come up on TV, so any discussion has to be scored as a plus. In addition, the video segment was shown on the evening Fox News show Special Report a few days ago.

But universal income is a hard sell, with so many ways it could […]

Video: How Many Jobs Will Robots Actually Take?

After a wacky sped-up history of artificial intelligence to the present time, the Axios report gets to the question many people are asking — will robots wipe out human employment, and if so, how soon?

This two-and-a-half minute video packs in a lot — importantly how large-scale automation affects people’s live and society as a whole. […]

Robot-Run Factory Specializes in 3-D Custom Printing

Behold: the future of manufacturing is within view! The good news is that it will occur mostly in the United States (and other areas of tech expertise); the bad news is very few human workers will be needed.

Below, a robotic arm tends a cluster of nine 3-D printers in the automated factory.

Yoo hoo, government and captains […]

Collaborative Manufacturing Robot Is Introduced

Industrial robot manufacturers have a marketing problem: they want potential customers to be able to purchase the labor-saving machines without frightening the hired help. If employees think they are about to be replaced by a smart machine, unpleasant workplace tensions might result.

So manufacturers have to adjust their language to a non-threatening vocabulary. One choice has […]

Future Automation Plans Include Ocean Shipping

The death by a thousand cuts continues to shrink the employment universe even in the rather obscure maritime sector, where few people seek jobs at sea any more. A recent report noted that Japanese firms are planning an automation remodel for ocean-going cargo ships, just like the self-driving cars nobody asked for. Japanese shipbuilders intend […]

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