One of the toughest skills for automation engineers to crack is the amazing human hand with its unique dexterity — but it’s not for lack of trying.
Amazon’s highly automated warehouses have thousands of Kiva robots moving racks of merchandise around to human box packers — for now. The company is working to develop a machine […]
For some odd reason, Senator Marco Rubio wasn’t asked about his sponsorship of the nation-crushing Gang of Eight amnesty bill during Tuesday’s Republican candidate debate. (He is pictured here with his G8 Democrat amnesty mentor, Senator Charles Schumer.)
So National Public Radio helpfully checked in with the Florida senator on Wednesday morning to learn his current […]
The fundamental transformation of the American workplace by smart machines has gone undiscussed in the Presidential campaign until now: one tiny mention occurred in Tuesday’s Republican debate by a man who characterizes himself as the fresh voice for the 21st century.
RUBIO: The problem is that today people are not successful working as hard as ever […]
Fox News and others have been showing a version of a hate video made by a group called Deport Racism that has all the nasty bits bleeped or smudged out. Naturally the internet has the original obscene rant, for the time being at least.
The acceptable media explanation seems to be how terrible it is that […]
Christmas is coming, and the online shopping megastore is revving up to send packages even faster by increasing the number of robot warehouse transporters from 15,000 at the end of last year to 30,000 now in its 13 “fulfillment centers.” The company believes that more of the amazing Kiva robots will enable it to ship its […]
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 […]
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 […]
I’ve been following the topic of automation destroying employment for a few years and am still waiting for a conservative response of what to do if indeed half of America’s jobs become displaced by smart machines in 20 years, as Oxford researchers have forecast. Coverage of the robot workplace revolution has been slim from conservative media, […]
It’s not surprising to see Japan moving forward with self-driving taxis, since that nation has chosen automation rather than immigration to augment its labor needs. After all, Japan was the first country on earth to have a dinosaur robot desk clerk in a hotel.
Japan is hosting the 2020 Olympics and envisions the event as a […]
In Greece, (where the unemployment rate in June was 25.2 percent), an experimental program of self-driving buses is being tested. The buses are small, holding about a dozen passengers, and dink around at a safe 12 miles per hour on predetermined routes. The four buses in Trikala are an EU-funded research project to see whether […]
People in the business of adding automation and subtracting humans from the workplace claim to be concerned about whether the remaining humans are happy with the arrangement. Certainly companies want customers to be comfortable when in direct contact with smart machines, but the opinion of average workers probably counts for sub-zero in the big offices.
Futurist forecasts are generally fun to read, and are even better when the crystal ball gazers are experts in the field. That’s the case with the paper Technological Tipping Points and Societal Impact, which polled 800 tech execs for their opinions of what’s ahead.
Another paper from the World Economic Forum focused on the workplace revolution: How […]