It’s not that hard to imagine public acceptance of self-driving buses that poke around a simple route at a safe 12 mph, like the ones being tested in Greece. Also unthreatening is the little Google concept car designed with city driving in mind, shown below:
However, a self-driving big rig with no human in charge of […]
Robots were on parade recently in Zurich to demonstrate in favor of a basic income for all citizens, a referendum item which is slated for the June 5 Swiss election.
Whether you agree with the solution, it’s refreshing to see people debating the socially transformative problem — what are humans supposed to do for income when […]
Over at the exclusive Milken Institute confab this week, wealthy and important people were warning about the coming robot jobs apocalypse that endangers employment across the skills spectrum.
As an example of the increasing insertion of automation into society, here is a BBC report about the four-day conference read by a robot:
It didn’t sound very human-like […]
Self-driving cars and trucks are touted as improving road safety (once all the tech kinks are worked out) and will perform jobs that “people don’t really want to do.” according to the article below. Hmm, where have we heard that phrase before??
Below, the German company Daimler introduced a self-driving big-rig truck at Hoover Dam last May. […]
For ages, the Obama crew has been claiming to screen Muslim refugees super-thoroughly in a process that takes years. Then a few weeks ago, the government announced a “surge” program that would magically reduce the process to a mere three months, and the new quickie rapefugees began to arrive.
Europe and the Middle East has millions […]
Starship Technologies has been testing its little delivery bots in a few cities and they are already being employed in London. The machine looks like an ice chest on wheels and can scoot along sidewalks without terrifying the children. And unlike Amazon’s proposed drone delivery machines, the earth-bound vehicles are unlikely to endanger safety.
The company thinks […]
On Monday, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage gradually to $15 in 2022, even though he admitted, “Economically, minimum wages may not make sense.” Jerry isn’t stupid: he knows how California was among the hardest hit by the great recession in terms of employment returning.
Plus, the governor must be aware […]
While our hidebound representatives in Washington DC continue to ignore the technological revolution increasing in the nation’s workplaces, the political leaders in Tennessee are stepping up. The state government recognized the problem, studied it and finally created a policy response in the form of an educational program. The nation’s leaders should do half as well.
Below, robots […]
Ports are another sector of the economy turning to automation to derive the “efficiency” that comes from fewer human workers. One result is the increased mechanization occurring on west coast ports because so much of manufacturing takes place in Red China. America hardly manufactures anything now, and we see it in expanded port and shipping technology. […]
An aspect of the brave new automated world may soon get a tryout in the nation’s capital. A general use delivery machine has already been rolled out for trials in London, and the concept is being hailed as cheaper and more environmentally friendly than traditional car delivery. The small sidewalk bots also appear much more […]
Many Americans find it unfair when a capable citizen worker is forced to train a cheaper foreign replacement or else lose the company’s severance package.
But now in the automation age, just performing the job may define computer algorithms that enable a smart machine to replicate the tasks 24/7 with no breaks, sick leave or paychecks. […]
On Wednesday, America’s Senator Jeff Sessions held a hearing titled, The Impact of High Levels of Immigration on U.S. Workers where the testimony of three experts and two advocates of open borders was heard and discussed.
Dr. George Borjas (see written testimony) remarked, “What I have learned from all of this is that immigration happens to come […]