Machines Compete in Amazon Robotic Challenge 

The latest Amazon Robotic Challenge took place over July 27-30 in Nagoya Japan, hosting a competition to develop a grasping machine that can pack boxes for shipment in the company’s warehouses. Or as ZeroHedge put it so clearly: Amazon Hosts Robotics Competition To Figure Out How To Replace 230,000 Warehouse Workers.

Amazon warehouses depend on the […]

Retail Robot Does Inventory -- So Long, Stock Boys!

In St. Louis, a midwestern grocery chain is making news with its test run of an inventory-taking robot, called Tally by its manufacturer. The machine is not unrelated to the LoweBot-type machine that guides customers to desired items in the store which the robot has filed in its database of what and where. The Tally […]

Sewing Robot Technology Takes an Interesting Tack

Clothing manufacturers would love to economize on production with some sort of automation, but the materials used, which vary widely in terms of thickness, stretch, slickness and other qualities do not easily fit into the robot factory. The dexterity and sensitivity of the human hand has kept sewing in the human realm except for simple […]

The Robot Future Requires Job Retraining

Television coverage of automation’s threat to the world of work is not common, so it was nice to see Fox’s segment on Friday. The report is decent regarding the need to rejigger education to align with future employment in the tech environment. It is certainly true that robots will require oversight and programming, but the […]

Robot-Run Factory Specializes in 3-D Custom Printing

Behold: the future of manufacturing is within view! The good news is that it will occur mostly in the United States (and other areas of tech expertise); the bad news is very few human workers will be needed.

Below, a robotic arm tends a cluster of nine 3-D printers in the automated factory.

Yoo hoo, government and captains […]

Report: Factory Robots Will Increase in Near Future

Many factory floors can look like lonely places today, if you expect to see human workers. The assembly line designed by Henry Ford created jobs for thousands of Americans, but recently those workers have been replaced by machines.

Then:

Now:

There’s a workplace revolution happening now from manufacturing plants to offices. A 2013 report from the Associated Press […]

More Automation Is on the Way in Service Jobs and Manufacturing

The Saturday morning business chatterboxes on Fox had an interesting discussion about how demands for a higher minimum wage will only drive employers to more use of automation. (A robot burger-flipper already exists that can produce 360 per hour, so businesses like McDonalds can reduce human employees whenever it wants.)

Naturally, nobody mentioned that increased use […]

Obama's 'Recovery' Has Created Low-Wage Jobs

We little citizens mostly hear from the liberal pravda media that the recovery is bubbling along nicely, although not quite as robustly as the Administration would prefer. However on Monday the New York Times did note:

The report shows that total employment has finally surpassed its pre-recession level. “The good news is we’re back to zero,” […]

Robot Lawyers Are in the Pipeline of Progress

Are young folks still piling into law school, hoping for a steady career with good money?

Maybe that’s not such a good idea, since computer software designers are applying the Artificial Intelligence lessons learned from Watson (IBM’s Jeopardy champ) to the legal trade.

Watson showed the confluence of mega-memory (four terabytes), zippy search in the TV quiz […]

Are Americans Lazy or Merely Responding to Long-Term Economic Trends?

There has been a debate going about whether an entitlement culture is being created by ObamaCare and other liberal programs of freebies. One such discussion occurred on Fox News, asking whether the healthcare law was a “disincentive to work.”

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Certainly the current regime is engaged in behavioral training to encourage dependence […]

Tablets Replace Waiters in Restaurants: Another Reason America Doesn’t Need More Immigrants

Americans should look around and take stock of all the places where a smart machine is performing a task formerly done by a human: ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines), ticket kiosks in airports and self-checkout in grocery stores. Plus there are other examples that exist out of the public eye, including automated warehouses, robots for harvesting […]

Isaac Asimov's 50-Year Predictions from 1964 Are Considered

When the brilliant futurist, biochemistry professor and science fiction writer Isaac Asimov visited the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City, he was inspired by the array of new technology to prognosticate about how American society would look five decades hence.

The Business Insider recently had a fascinating analysis of the many things he forecast accurately: […]

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