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 […]
It’s interesting to see that many tech prognosticators see self-driving vehicles to be a reality in a decade (or less). A little Google search experiment got 1.4 million hits for self-driving cars OR trucks decade. The search gets a bunch of junk but also turns up titles like Self-driving cars could be on Britain’s road […]
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 […]
I just got my copy of Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future delivered from Amazon (famous for its Kiva automated warehouses), and the package definitely looked machine-friendly. It was not an envelope, but two pieces of lightweight cardboard pressed together. So presumably the book about robots taking human jobs […]
Senator Sessions understands that the globalized economy is full of pitfalls for the American worker, particularly trade deals that benefit only wealthy corporations by pushing wages ever downward by way of outsourcing and immigration. Previous global trade agreements have been uniformly terrible for American workers’ jobs and wages, yet we are supposed to believe that […]
Martin Ford’s new book is titled “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future” which is a subject that should be far more discussed in public. (My copy is scheduled to arrive in a few days.)
The topic of systemic job loss caused by automation has been examined in some corners, like the […]
Despite the extreme headline, the factory being constructed is not 100 percent robots with zero humans: rather, the aim is to cut only 90 percent of the facility’s workforce. Oh joy.
Nevertheless, the headline shows the trend as it is envisioned by captains of industry from Beijing to Fort Worth. Human workers are a cost to […]
Monday’s Washington Times had a front-page article titled, “Illegals taking jobs from blacks, driving down domestic wages,” which provides an overview of how low-skilled citizens are being displaced and disadvantaged by the open-border policies of the black President.
Amnesty is tremendously cruel to Obama’s most loyal boosters, who are proud of seeing a black man in […]
Fortune magazine has an article reassuring tippy top inventive people that a robot won’t take their jobs. In particular, if someone’s work requires creativity then they are probably secure. It’s the last century jobs using repetition that are at risk — from welder to librarian.
Below, auto manufacturing once supplied millions of middle class jobs for […]
Excessive immigration can usually muddle through as long as the jobs economy doesn’t tank. But when employment disappears, then jobless locals begin to notice the cheapie foreign workers. That scenario seems to be the case in South Africa, where several persons have been killed in anti-immigration rioting across the country over the last couple weeks. […]