The automation revolution keeps picking up speed as the machines get better. Today’s news included a report from Fox Business about McDonald’s introduction of kiosks to replace human order takers in its restaurants. The company saw the writing on the wall last year with the noisy campaign to demand big pay raises for fast food […]
In the Seattle area, the Boeing aircraft manufacturing company has long been a big player in the local economy. Now the firm is expanding the use of robots in building airplanes, and though it promises that nobody will lose their jobs any time soon, we can see the long-term trend: more robots, fewer human workers.
The “Weird Hotel” in Sansebo still has some bugs to be solved, and the rollout was inclined to gimmicks designed to attract the sensation-seeking media, but the business does show the future.
How gimmicky is it? Well, the English-speaking desk clerk is a bizarro dinosaur robot. Really.
The Japanese-speaking clerk is a cutesy humanoid robot. The Japanese people […]
Behold the slow-motion amnesty, in violation of the Constitution that requires Congress make the laws, not the President or the Supreme Court. No wonder the illegals keep coming, despite the jobless recovery. The welfare office is still open.
The new word is “integration” — the Obama administration means to integrate the millions of illegal aliens rather […]
On Monday a young man was killed by a robot he was installing in a Volkswagen factory in Baunatal Germany. Reports say the machine grabbed and smashed him as he was assembling the robot for a new electric motor production line.
Below, robots construct Volkswagens in a German factory.
This tragic accident violates the narrative that the […]
We see lots of photos of robots on factory floors, where the machines weld and assemble 24/7 with no coffee breaks. But construction workers shouldn’t think that their jobs are safe because they are outdoors and not as repetitious as some. New robots and techniques are being developed that are revolutionizing the construction process. One […]
C-SPAN’s BookTV showed an author talk this weekend with Martin Ford who wrote the important Rise of the Robots. You can watch the hour-long discussion in Seattle on the C-SPAN site or listen to the audio here.
Ford opened his talk by disagreeing with the title given by the Seattle Town Hall: How to Stop Robots […]
Fearless Ann Coulter entered Bill Maher’s liberal lion’s den on Friday to discuss her new book Adios America. It was a fair fight — three illogical liberals versus one immigration fact reciter.
The big name opponent was amnesty super-hack Rep Luis Gutierrez and he declared “All the food you eat, all the vegetables you eat — […]
It’s not just the first world where smart machines are taking over jobs that humans recently performed: Mexico’s Constellation brewery is “fully automated” and employs only six human workers per shift.
One variety of the machines is a laser-guided vehicle that moves pallets of beer and materials around the factory, replacing forklifts driven by people. They […]
A month ago, I wrote about the then-upcoming DARPA competition for robots, that had quite a demanding test for the machines (Humanoid Robot Competition Suggests Rapid Advance in Technology). DARPA is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, an arm of the US Defense Department.
The diagram below shows the obstacle course of very challenging movements in […]
National Public Radio has a fair-and-balanced piece about whether automation will put many millions of people out of work: Andrew McAfee, co-author of The Second Machine Age, says Yes and David Autor, an MIT economist, says No. The report is pretty good for less than four minutes of radio.
Obviously my observation is that smart machines […]
Smart machines, from robots to computers, are creating a tsunami of change in the workplace, yet many refuse to see the revolution and cling desperately to the old idea that jobs being swept away by technological change will be replaced by new ones.
One hint of the big change is the chart showing productivity and employment […]