Trump Effect: Farmers Turn from Foreign Pickers to Automation

Farm automation has been progressing along, just like uses of smart machines in other industries, but agbots may now be getting an extra boost. Apparently President Trump’s crackdown on illegal border crossings has decreased the supply of foreign pickers, so farmers are looking more favorably at tech solutions. The transition would have happened anyway, but […]

San Francisco Supervisor Proposes Robot Tax

It’s interesting how Democrats on average seem more aware of how automation threatens the economic system of most of the world, and the resulting mass unemployment must be faced with planning. Perhaps it’s because the Ds are more comfortable with handing out cash (one suggested solution, namely Universal Basic Income), while Republicans see smart machines […]

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 […]

Robot Security Guards May Replace Human Workers

Many news reports about robots and automation are stuck on the cool technology aspect, but the one below from la Times includes the likely disemployment effect near the end of the article.

The Knightscope company’s security guard robot is designed to prowl spaces like parking garages and suck up any loose data along with performing its […]

Security Guard Robot Is Sighted in San Francisco

I’ve reported earlier about the robot security guard. The Knightscope machine is a 300-pound snoop-bot that scoots around parking lots, recording license plates and other useful data.

The security robot is large and imposing, although it is not capable of aggressive action against bad behavior other than setting off an alarm.

What’s interesting about a recent report from […]

Amazon’s Successful Automation Boosts Employment — For Now

Amazon’s automated warehouses continue to show how rapidly smart machines are taking over tasks that were performed by humans. A few years ago, workers pushed carts for miles around the warehouse picking out items for customer orders. Huffpo reported in 2011, “Some workers at Amazon.com’s Allentown, Pennsylvania warehouse are reportedly willing to contend with working […]

Self-Driving Trucks Will Automate Millions of Jobs

Self-driving cars and trucks are touted as improving road safety (once all the tech kinks are worked out) and will perform jobs that “people don’t really want to do.” according to the article below. Hmm, where have we heard that phrase before??

Below, the German company Daimler introduced a self-driving big-rig truck at Hoover Dam last May. […]

Sidewalk Delivery Robots Appear to Be Moving toward Implementation

Starship Technologies has been testing its little delivery bots in a few cities and they are already being employed in London. The machine looks like an ice chest on wheels and can scoot along sidewalks without terrifying the children. And unlike Amazon’s proposed drone delivery machines, the earth-bound vehicles are unlikely to endanger safety.

The company thinks […]

California’s Increased Minimum Wage Stimulates Automation Businesses

On Monday, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage gradually to $15 in 2022, even though he admitted, “Economically, minimum wages may not make sense.” Jerry isn’t stupid: he knows how California was among the hardest hit by the great recession in terms of employment returning.

Plus, the governor must be aware […]

Delivery Robot Is Slated for Washington DC Testing

An aspect of the brave new automated world may soon get a tryout in the nation’s capital. A general use delivery machine has already been rolled out for trials in London, and the concept is being hailed as cheaper and more environmentally friendly than traditional car delivery. The small sidewalk bots also appear much more […]

Employee Trains Robot Replacement Just by Working

Many Americans find it unfair when a capable citizen worker is forced to train a cheaper foreign replacement or else lose the company’s severance package.

But now in the automation age, just performing the job may define computer algorithms that enable a smart machine to replicate the tasks 24/7 with no breaks, sick leave or paychecks. […]

Domino’s Pizza Serves Up Sidewalk Delivery Robot

Over in Australia, the Domino Pizza people are thrilled with their robot delivery vehicle about to be rolled out. So advanced and sparkly!

The well lit machine kadoodles along sidewalks, dodging pedestrians and other obstacles at up to 12 mph and is equipped with a warm compartment for pies and a cold section for soft drinks. […]

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