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 […]
It’s easy to visualize the robot aspect of the smart machine revolution, with post-human manufacturing happening more and more. We are accustomed to images of big robot arms constructing automobiles with no people in sight, but there is also plenty of technological unemployment that is being created by computers. Some white collar professions are just as […]
A new robot prototype from a Japanese company looks like another step toward a completely automated warehouse, where no human workers are necessary.
The machine has two arms and can pull items off a shelf and place them into a box.
This robot is an advance over the Kiva warehouse system used by Amazon to speed its […]
Talk about shooting yourself in the foot: fast-food workers have not been paying attention to what is happening in their industry — that automation is coming on strong — and their ignorance is about to bite them. Business owners have looked at worker demands for $15/hour versus the cost of burger-making robots, and the machines […]
It’s disappointing to see a Republican governor who has dealt closely with the nuts and bolts of the economy swoon over lawbreaking foreigners in the country who are stealing American jobs. He appeared on the Laura Ingraham radio show on Thursday and she tried to pin him down on the job thievery.
Kasich’s job as Governor […]
Manufacturing robots are showing up in interesting places, and not just in industrialized economies any more. Despite India’s having an abundance of very cheap labor, it is just as susceptible as America to automation because robots have gotten inexpensive enough to make them competitive with humans.
Robot arms spray motorcycle gas tanks in a factory in […]
As Washington plods along with its 20th century assumptions regarding labor and the economy, the technology-fueled future is here and changing all the rules. Just when we have adjusted to the idea that cars are produced by a robot factory with few humans, now the 3D printer is being rejiggered to build autos.
That concept shouldn’t […]
It’s nice to know that Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) keeps busy trying to save America from excessive immigration. He gives well researched speeches on the Senate floor (available on his YouTube channel) on the subject and also publishes edifying press releases and the occasional longer piece to inform the Republican conference and the public.
Senator Sessions’ […]
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 […]
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 […]