CBS Imagines the American Future as Automation Nation

The CBS Sunday Morning show began a special edition focusing on money with a report on automation and its threat to employment now and going forward. The eight-minute video report included tough facts about job loss across the skills spectrum with expert comments by Rise of the Robots author Martin Ford and other involved in the […]

Self-Driving Cars Advance toward Automated Future -- with Bumps along the Road

The big auto companies — and a few techies like Google — are locked in competition to see who will dominate the coming self-driving market and the automated transportation future. The companies may imagine that cities will buy whole fleets of autonomous cars which will replace the privately owned vehicles that clutter up the streets and […]

Tucker Carlson Examines a Future with Self-Driving Cars

Last week Fox TV host Tucker Carlson interviewed robotics expert and Columbia professor Hod Lipson, author of Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead to discuss the future of transportation and jobs. The professor is obviously a well educated guy and an expert in his field, but he apparently doesn’t get how the entire basis […]

Self-Driving Trucks Threaten Major Blue-Collar Job Category

We already know that foreign cab-drivers are a bane to life and safety, so seeing them replaced by self-driving technology would be an improvement. A few examples come to mind, particularly Jordanian immigrant Jehad Baqleh who murdered Julie Day in San Francisco at the suggestion of the devil, he said; the Bangladeshi cabbie who in […]

Uber Begins Autonomous Car Testing in Pittsburgh while Millions of Drivers Face Eventual Job Loss

The big robot news over the last week has been the roll-out of self-driving cars onto the streets of Pittsburgh. Last Wednesday, the Uber ride-hailing company presented its self-driving cars to the public for a test program in the city. The autos all have human drivers at the wheel at this point, ready to step […]

Labor Day 2016: More Automation, More Foreign Workers, Fewer Jobs for Americans

Labor Day is becoming a time of dismal reflection as automation technology continues its incursion into new places in the jobs economy. For example, self-driving taxis were rolled out for public testing in Singapore and Pittsburgh in August. A robot security guard was sighted in a San Francisco parking lot earlier in the summer. In […]

Google Self-Driving Cars Face Competition in Concept

The front page of Saturday’s San Jose Mercury News had a headline: “For Google, race is on with self-driving cars.”

The game has changed with so many players on the field, as various companies have made their intentions known to build a self-driving car. Google self-driving vehicles have been designed as being totally driver-free, as can […]

Singapore: World’s First Self-Driving Cabs Are Launched

It’s actually a little breathtaking how rapidly the self-driving car thing has taken off, once the important people and companies decided it was going to be a thing, and the smart money needed to get in and establish a beachhead.

The Singapore operation is starting out small, with half a dozen cabs in a limited area […]

Delivery Robots Look Likely for Austin Implementation

Delivery robots are a technology that is coming on strong: they are small, relatively unthreatening to safety and almost friendly as machines go. Their usage niche is rather limited because of their size and use of sidewalks rather than roads, plus they probably won’t work in rough neighborhoods. On the other hand, pizza and other […]

Networked Self-Driving Cars Are Moving Forward

Big changes are planned for the nation’s transportation, although the citizens have not been consulted about whether they want private ownership of cars to be pushed to the side as the government plans for a system of self-driving cars hooked up to enormous computer networks.

Not that long ago, self-driving cars were just a spark in […]

Red China Aims to Expand into Self-Driving Car Business

The ChiCom business sector intends to be a world leader in the coming self-driving car industry. It has big plans, including a well-developed intelligence network.

In fact, China’s tech giant Baidu has set up a Silicon Valley office in Sunnyvale, California, that employs 160 workers, many of whom are working on the car project.

The ChiComs are quite […]

Obama Plans to Spend $4 Billion to Speed Development of Self-Driving Vehicles

The tech industry has been successfully moving forward at deliberate speed to create self-driving cars, trucks and buses, but the administration thinks it can help by dumping in a major infusion of taxpayer cash. On Thursday, the Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a plan increase government meddling in driverless vehicles to expedite the process:

FOXX: “We […]

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