Amazon Explores Next Step in Automated Warehouses -- Bye Bye Human Workers!

In February, I wrote about Amazon’s new “fulfillment centers” that featured increased use of robots: “North Texas: Amazon.com Promotes Its Semi-Automated Warehouses.” Managers assured the public and new local employees that the smart machines “help” humans do the heavy lifting and boring stuff that the workers don’t want to do.

We’ve heard that kind of language [...]

Ted Cruz Throws His Hat into the Ring, with Minimal Mention of Immigration

Senator Ted Cruz declared his candidacy for the Presidency on Monday in a speech given at Liberty University. It was a fine presentation of patriotic principles where he called on conservatives to rise up and “reignite the promise of America.”

He spoke extemporaneously, without the help of a teleprompter, the gadget vital to Obama maintaining the [...]

American Workers Displaced by Cheap Foreigners Must Speak Anonymously

Tuesday’s Senate hearing focused on protecting American workers brought several experts to explain the abuse of foreign worker visas to displace citizens.

One speaker was John Miano who is seen discussing legislation in the clip below, noting “the interests of American workers, the voters, are simply ignored in the I-Squared Act.”

(See more hearing clips here and [...]

Meet Sawyer the Robot, Baxter's More Precise Cousin

The company that created Baxter, the $25,000 robot designed to do manufacturing jobs 24/7, has come up with a new machine that is smaller and capable of finer movements. So while Baxter can pack boxes and other simple movements, Sawyer’s more delicate touch allows it to perform some aspects of electronics manufacturing, for example.

The company’s [...]

Professor Warns H-1b Expansion Could End Tech Jobs for Americans

Rutgers Professor Hal Salzman was a standout witness in Tuesday’s Senate hearing because of his grasp of the facts and skill at explaining the danger to citizens’ employment from bad policies.

Senator Sessions questioned the professor on the subject of legislation:

SESSIONS: In an article that appeared in US News and World Report you wrote, “Guest workers [...]

Senate Hearing Examines H-1b Visas and US Worker Displacement

On Tuesday morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers that mostly centered on replacement of citizens by foreign workers.

The fraud-friendly H-1b employment visa has been a problem for years and shows how little the government cares about protecting hard-working Americans who spent years and plenty [...]

Democrats Blast Obama's Secret Trade Negotiations

One eternal mystery is why liberals oppose trade deals that offshore US jobs to foreign nations while they ignore excessive immigration that has the same negative effect of Americans’ losing their employment. It has never made sense to me.

Lou Dobbs examined the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on his Monday show:

ED ROLLINS: The thing that needs to [...]

Business Is Thrilled That Automation Raises Productivity, but Doesn't Mind Mass Unemployment

How is an economy supposed to function when human workers are becoming obsolete because of smart machines in the workplace? Leisure time is certainly nice, but humans require money for acquiring goods and services. Curiously, the captains of industry don’t seem to notice the consumption part of the economy equation, and when people don’t get [...]

Selma Plus 50: Politics, Prose and Pictures

A big story this weekend has been the 50th anniversary of the Selma march that marked a turning point in the civil rights movement. The President made himself a big part of the celebrations, giving what passes for a pro-America speech to the assemblage and leading a walk across the iconic bridge. (One might remember [...]

Smart Machines Take More White Collar Jobs, So Importing H-1b Workers May Not Be Necessary

Robots have been moving into factories and farms to perform tasks earlier done by human workers.

Below, factory robots weld and assemble cars without a human in sight.

But machines and software are getting smarter at a rapid rate. As automation expert Andrew McAfee notes in the video following, a lot of people now use software to [...]

NYTimes Says Illegal Alien Job Thieves Are Forced 'Back Into Shadows' -- No, Not Really

For Saturday’s front page sob story about “migrants,” America’s open-borders propaganda sheet interviewed aliens by name and one was identifiably pictured, so they are hardly hiding from authorities. The government routinely releases violent criminals rather than deport them, so it’s highly doubtful that mere unlawful workers will be given free trips home on the taxpayer’s [...]

WPost Suggests Presidential Candidates 'Reckon with Robots', but Ignores Resulting Need for Less Immigration

With mainstream media, you are lucky to get half a loaf, and a recent Washington Post item is a prime example. The piece noted how the increasing use of smart machines performing complex workplace tasks has been negatively affecting employment, and automation should therefore be a matter of public debate in the upcoming Presidential campaign.

That’s [...]

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