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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Silicon Valley Newspaper Floats Free Money Idea to Remedy Robot Job Loss

Sunday’s San Jose Mercury had a front-page article (graphic shown) about the possibility of instituting a universal basic income to remedy the huge job loss predicted from automation. As usual, nobody promoting the idea has any suggestion of how the government would finance the trillions of dollars annually required. Perhaps a start would be to […]

Robots Threaten Millions of Retail Jobs

Tech experts all say that simple jobs are the easiest to automate. Therefore we can expect to see a lot more self-checkout when shopping. How hard is it to scan bar codes and calculate the total cost? My local Safeway added several DIY checkout stations a couple years ago in a major remodel.

Self-checkout — get […]

Report Explores the ‘Human Cost’ of Automation

The video piece from an Albany, New York, TV station starts out well enough, showing how automation is moving into jobs like supermarket checkout, restaurant cashier and cab driving.

But the piece wanders into sketchy territory when it poses a hopeful retraining message. Certainly the schools need to teach more tech-oriented curricula that will prepare young […]

President Trump Approves of Continuing Big Immigration

It was disappointing, although not entirely surprising to read President Trump’s disinterest in limiting legal immigration, as remarked in a May 11 Economist interview and quoted by Mark Krikorian in National Review:

Do you want to curb legal immigration?
Oh sure, you know, I want to stop illegal immigration.

And what about legal immigration? Do you want to […]

Treasury Secretary Blunder Sparks Discussion of Automated Future

When Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin remarked about robots taking US jobs that “It’s not even on our radar screen … 50-100 more years,” heads exploded across the tech world. Mnuchin’s comments during an interview with Axios on March 24 [Watch] sparked more than 700,000 responses online as of today, nearly all negative. Some observed that […]

Amazon’s Robot-Run Supermarket Will Need Only Three Workers

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos certainly is the busy little billionaire, as shown by his latest project of an automated supermarket, where technology replaces human workers to save lots of money for the third-richest man in the world.

Does Bezos not understand that destroying jobs is a long-term loser for Amazon’s customer base? When workers are no longer […]

Automation King Jeff Bezos Objects to President Trump’s Immigration Restriction

These billionaires can never get enough immigrants — they work cheap and shop enthusiastically. You might think the third richest man in the world might have better things to do than overwhelm America with overpopulation and unfriendly diversity. In particular, the man who arguably spearheaded the drive to automate jobs and put Americans out of […]

Robot Barista Debuts in San Francisco

The automation juggernaut continues to crush jobs throughout the economy. Today’s example is the robot barista which prepares upscale caffeinated beverages without human workers.

In San Francisco, Cafe X’s robot coffee machine produces cappuccinos and lattes for sleepy iPhone users and others.

Interestingly, barista is a storied occupation for young people, and not always in a good […]

Tech Billionaires Prep for Automation Apocalypse

The story about ultra-wealthy Silicon Valley types buying land where they can hunker down raises immediate questions — what the heck do the tech rich have to fear anyway? They are on top of the world with wealth and influence, plus they can afford to buy a house in Palo Alto.

As it happens, the tech elites […]

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