Washington Post Notes Rise of Smart Machines (Incompletely)

The Washington Post included a front-page story about automation on Sunday, and it admitted “the surrender of the industrial age to the age of automation continues at a record pace.”

But the cause was mostly laid at the feet of the workers themselves rather than complex forces of globalization that have been accumulating for decades. The […]

New Evidence Shows that Automation Is a Threat to Jobs and Wages

A new automation report has been published and it tackles the measurement of a vital trend, namely the amount of robotization that has already occurred.

As has been noted here, in 2013 the Associated Press published a series documenting how the Great Recession had prompted many businesses to invest in technology, thereby killing middle-class jobs and […]

Davos Meeting Focuses on Fourth Industrial Revolution, aka Automation

The World Economic Forum wrapping up on Saturday in Davos has made the future of employment a major focus, calling it the Fourth Industrial Revolution:

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, which includes developments in previously disjointed fields such as artificial intelligence and machine-learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3-D printing, and genetics and biotechnology, will cause widespread disruption not only […]

Quarter-Mile-Long Container Ship Docks at Los Angeles Port

Here’s a postcard from the expanding globalized economy: outsourced manufacturing requires mega-shipping to transport the cheaply-produced goods back to American consumers.

The latest money-saver for corporations is the biggest container ship ever to land in North America, the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, a French-owned ship, which docked on Saturday at the Port of Los Angeles. Built […]

India Faces ‘Robot Invasion’ Just Like the First World

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 […]

Boeing Aircraft Increases Robots in Factories

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.

And […]

Germany Volkswagen Factory: Robot Crushes a Human to Death

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 […]