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 […]

Farm Robot Is Touted as Kinder to Workers

Down on the farm in Salinas California, a new robot harvester uses “water knives” — actually high-powered water jets — to pick lettuce. To hear the industry flacks describe it, the machines end unhealthy stoop labor in lettuce fields. But details in the story suggest that President Trump’s border enforcement is having an effect when […]

Burger Joint Robotics Are Coming Soon

Fast-food restaurants are a major target for automation developers because of the high labor costs connected with preparing food and dealing directly with customers. Kiosks for ordering food have begun appearing as a result of their simple design. In February for example, Wendy’s announced it would install kiosks in 1,000 restaurants (around 16 percent) by […]

South Korea Plans Airport Robot Roll Out

South Korean’s Incheon Airport is testing out some new smart machines to ease the travel experience.

Koreans are modernizing the airport a bit in advance of the Winter Olympics which start on Feb 9, 2018. The airport hopes to get the kinks worked out now, so the increased number of travelers next year will have a […]

Automation: Basic Income Is Discussed as a Possible Solution to Jobless Future

It’s a rare thing for the automation threat to employment come up on TV, so any discussion has to be scored as a plus. In addition, the video segment was shown on the evening Fox News show Special Report a few days ago.

But universal income is a hard sell, with so many ways it could […]

Video: How Many Jobs Will Robots Actually Take?

After a wacky sped-up history of artificial intelligence to the present time, the Axios report gets to the question many people are asking — will robots wipe out human employment, and if so, how soon?

This two-and-a-half minute video packs in a lot — importantly how large-scale automation affects people’s live and society as a whole. […]

Collaborative Manufacturing Robot Is Introduced

Industrial robot manufacturers have a marketing problem: they want potential customers to be able to purchase the labor-saving machines without frightening the hired help. If employees think they are about to be replaced by a smart machine, unpleasant workplace tensions might result.

So manufacturers have to adjust their language to a non-threatening vocabulary. One choice has […]

Future Automation Plans Include Ocean Shipping

The death by a thousand cuts continues to shrink the employment universe even in the rather obscure maritime sector, where few people seek jobs at sea any more. A recent report noted that Japanese firms are planning an automation remodel for ocean-going cargo ships, just like the self-driving cars nobody asked for. Japanese shipbuilders intend […]

California Pol Gavin Newsom Seeks Governorship, Frets over Automation

Gavin Newsom is the sort of serial politician that many citizens wish would give it a rest, because he was mayor of San Francisco for eight years and since 2010 has occupied the post of California lieutenant governor. Playing second banana to Governor Jerry Brown has been a rather low-visibility gig, so he may be looking […]

Left Media Admits Automation May Affect Need for Immigrant Farm Workers

It’s nearly summer and that means the time has come for media boilerplate articles about a shortage of immigrant workers down on the farm — so couldn’t Washington kindly arrange for a few hundred thousand to be sent to California?? Right on schedule, a Google News search (which covers the last 30 days of listings) […]

Automated 3-D Knitter-Printer Can Produce a Custom Blazer in 90 Minutes

The high-tech 3D printers do amazing things these days, like building a house in a day. Now the smart machine revolution is moving into clothing production.

A recent report explained how a new machine can pop out a custom knitted blazer in 90 minutes. A customer can punch a few buttons to chose fabric, design and […]

Amazon Pursues More Advanced Robotics

Wired’s video below, sketching out the automated future vis-a-vis jobs, uses the idea that smart machines are helpful collaborative robots, or “co-bots” that allow humans to work more efficiently. But that relationship will end when the machines become able to replicate human abilities and perform them far more cheaply.

One of the bumps along the road for roboticists […]

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