Canada: Energy Company Switches to Self-Driving Trucks for Oil Sands Mining

Self-driving vehicles come in various shapes and sizes these days, and a Canadian company is investing in giant ore-carrying trucks to help mine oil sands in northern Alberta.

What’s unusual is that Suncor Energy came right out and said the automation would cause 400 jobs to be cut over the next six years. The new Komatsu […]

Socialist Sweden Finds Automation Unthreatening

The New York Times had an interesting cultural analysis about automation in Sweden, where the workers appear not to fear they will be made unemployed by smart machines. Americans, by contrast, are suspicious about the effects of automation according to a recent Pew poll, with more than 70 percent admitting they worried about job loss, […]

Coal Miners Face Replacement by Smart Machines

It was a sweet early moment in the Trump Presidency: a group of miners had been invited to the White House to watch the new Chief Executive end Obama regulations that were designed to cripple the coal industry.

Coal miner Michael Nelson thanked President Trump for keeping his election promise to help the industry’s workers.

Nelson appeared […]