A few decades back, when the globalization honchos decided to pack up whole American industries and move them to cheap labor havens in Asia and Mexico, the oligarchs promised that US workers would be retrained for jobs in the new tech industry. Few at that time saw the rise of robots able to replace human […]
On Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that will force reductions of carbon emissions in the name of global warming prevention. The legislation requires a massive 40 percent cut of CO2 emissions from 1990 levels by 2030.
Few reports mention that in 1990 the state population was around 30 million, while today it is estimated […]
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 […]
It’s nice to see somebody is paying attention to the devastating effect smart machines are having on American jobs, because our elected representatives in Washington certainly aren’t.
Jeff Greene, a wealthy investor, is concerned that white-collar jobs are about to go the way of blue-collar employment in five to 10 years — that’s soon!
The Wall Street […]
Talk about shooting yourself in the foot: fast-food workers have not been paying attention to what is happening in their industry — that automation is coming on strong — and their ignorance is about to bite them. Business owners have looked at worker demands for $15/hour versus the cost of burger-making robots, and the machines […]
The Argus-Leader newspaper of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has been running a series of articles this week titled Robot Week stories: How technology is changing the workforce. It covers some common topics like fast food jobs and medicine while considering the common skepticism that a jobs revolution is not happening.
One piece is an interview with […]
It’s disappointing to see a Republican governor who has dealt closely with the nuts and bolts of the economy swoon over lawbreaking foreigners in the country who are stealing American jobs. He appeared on the Laura Ingraham radio show on Thursday and she tried to pin him down on the job thievery.
Kasich’s job as Governor […]
Manufacturing robots are showing up in interesting places, and not just in industrialized economies any more. Despite India’s having an abundance of very cheap labor, it is just as susceptible as America to automation because robots have gotten inexpensive enough to make them competitive with humans.
Robot arms spray motorcycle gas tanks in a factory in […]
As Washington plods along with its 20th century assumptions regarding labor and the economy, the technology-fueled future is here and changing all the rules. Just when we have adjusted to the idea that cars are produced by a robot factory with few humans, now the 3D printer is being rejiggered to build autos.
That concept shouldn’t […]
It’s nice to know that Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) keeps busy trying to save America from excessive immigration. He gives well researched speeches on the Senate floor (available on his YouTube channel) on the subject and also publishes edifying press releases and the occasional longer piece to inform the Republican conference and the public.
Senator Sessions’ […]
On Monday a young man was killed by a robot he was installing in a Volkswagen factory in Baunatal Germany. Reports say the machine grabbed and smashed him as he was assembling the robot for a new electric motor production line.
Below, robots construct Volkswagens in a German factory.
This tragic accident violates the narrative that the […]
Los Angeles’ paper of record noted on Wednesday that the city council voted for a “crackdown” on homeless encampments.
How bad is the homeless problem in the City of the Angels? One measure is that businesses were concerned about “unsightly tents that block public sidewalks.” Who knew? (More photos at Daily Mail.)
According to a May report, […]