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  • Current Event
    8 days ago
    by junglman
    +16 +1

    Japanese fear automation will take more jobs than foreigners

    The Japanese public is happier about the economy than at any time in nearly two decades, though few think the next generation will have it as good. People's biggest fear is automation, not foreigners, taking jobs from local workers. While 44% of respondents to a Pew Research Center survey said the current economic situation is good, 15% answered that today's children will be better off than their parents.

  • Current Event
    13 days ago
    by manix
    +3 +1

    Robots replace 20,000 workers at Amazon

    During christmas time, Amazon traditionally hires thousands of seasonal workers to meet the sharp rise in demand. However, the number of these workers is said to be declining by almost 20,000 this year. The reason for this is the ongoing automation.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by doodlegirl
    +20 +1

    Your job might disappear, but don't blame artificial intelligence for that

    When we talk about the jobs at risk, artificial intelligence is often seen as the main threat. However, this technology is still at its very beginning, while a lot of jobs are already transforming and even disappearing. Conversely, other jobs seem to resist, even if technologies already exist to replace them.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by mariogi
    +26 +1

    The Future of Pointless Work

    Some years ago, I had a colleague who would frequently complain that he didn’t have enough to do. He’d mention how much free time he had to our team, ask for more tasks from our boss, and bring it up at after-work drinks. He was right, of course, about the situation: Although we were hardly idle, even the most productive among us couldn’t claim to be toiling for eight (or even five, sometimes three) full hours a day.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by belangermira
    +15 +1

    Self-Driving Tech: Job Killers or Job Creators?

    In a previous article of mine, I argued that self-driving vehicles were going to transform the transportation system beyond recognition. And while I stand by this statement, I don’t believe that I really went far enough in explaining just how disruptive self-driving technologies will be to society in and of itself. In truth, we’re about to witness one of the most transformative shifts in both appearance and function of our everyday reality in history.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by aj0690
    +14 +1

    US presidential hopeful: Free money can help save the country from jobs lost to robots

    Entrepreneur Andrew Yang is running for U.S. president, and he's made the robot revolution a central pillar of his election campaign for the 2020 race. Yang is the founder of Venture for America, a nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs create jobs, and he was previously the CEO of education firm Manhattan Prep. A Democrat, he has said the rise of automation and artificial intelligence will soon render millions of American jobs obsolete. To prevent widespread unemployment, he's proposing monthly stipends of $1,000 for all citizens aged 18 to 64, no strings attached.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by doodlegirl
    +30 +1

    Why no one really knows how many jobs automation will replace

    Tech CEOs and politicians alike have issued grave warnings about the capability of automation, including AI, to replace large swaths of our current workforce. But the people who actually study this for a living — economists — have very different ideas about just how large the scale of that automation will be.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +26 +1

    Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?

    As searchers close in on what appears to be the main wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501 the retrieval of the airplane’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders should soon follow. The wreckage lies no more than around 100 feet down in the Java Sea. Although there are strong currents and poor visibility, compounded by the high seas generated by stormy weather, divers should be able to locate the rear end of the fuselage where the flight data recorder, the black box, is located.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +5 +1

    Counter-Swarm: A Guide to Defeating Robotic Swarms

    This is the last article in a six-part series, The Coming Swarm, on military robotics and automation...

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +6 +1

    Driverless truck corridor from Mexico to Manitoba proposed

    Trucks could haul cargo from Canada through the United States to Mexico and back navigate border crossings without the need for passports, visas or even a driver to steer them if a proposed driverless trucking corridor becomes a reality.

  • How-to
    3 years ago
    by microfracture
    +3 +2

    Home Automation with Raspberry Pi

    Inspired by the idea of having a home that has a life of its own, I settled on a home automation project to control the lights in my living room. The goal of my project was to be able to time the lights in my living room and control them remotely over the Internet using a Web browser.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by junglman
    +15 +1

    The automation myth: Robots aren't taking your jobs— and that's the problem

    Over the past five years, American politics has become obsessed with robots. President Obama has warned that ATMs and airport check-in kiosks are contributing to high unemployment. Sen. Marco Rubio said that the central challenge of our times is "to ensure that the rise of the machines is not the fall of the worker." A cover story in the Atlantic asked us to ponder the problems of a world without work.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +38 +1

    Low Skilled Humans Need Not Apply: Exponential Job Disruption

    I wish to emphasise before I begin that robots taking jobs is not the problem, the issue is the current government policies that are not ready to handle this disruption. I am not against automation, far from it, I want as much automation as possible but it would be naive to not consider any potential side effects with the way policies currently are and how slow government and culture can change regarding attitudes towards the most vulnerable in our society. The way the unemployed are treated...

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by Amabaie
    +16 +1

    Automation in the Newsroom

    Years of experience, industry standards, and the AP’s own stylebook all help Patterson and her business desk colleagues know how to tell an earnings story. But how does a computer know? It needs sets of rules, known as algorithms, to help it.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +34 +1

    Autonomous ships and underwater vessels will rule the seas by 2030

    By 2030 the seas will be dominated by autonomous underwater and on-surface vessels, a new report has said. The report, conducted by academic researchers and those from commercial companies, said that autonomous systems will become more important for military operations, such as mine detection, but also for humanitarian aid missions.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +58 +1

    Laser can 'disable self-drive car'

    A homemade gadget can disable the systems that allow self-driving cars to see where they are going, a security researcher has said. Jonathan Petit demonstrated how a modified, low-cost laser could create ghostlike objects in the path of autonomous cars. The cars slowed down to avoid hitting them. If enough phantom objects were created, the car would stop completely, Mr Petit told tech magazine IEEE Spectrum.

  • Interactive
    3 years ago
    by a7h13f
    0 +1

    Will a robot take your job? - BBC News

    Find out the likelihood that your job will become automated in the next two decades

  • Deal
    2 years ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +34 +1

    Raspberry Pi Zero: the $5 computer

    Of all the things we do at Raspberry Pi, driving down the cost of computer hardware remains one of the most important...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by junglman
    +35 +1

    WEF: Robots, automation, and AI will replace 5 million human jobs by 2020

    Significant technological advances have reshaped society as we know it. But the World Economic Forum (WEF) warned that while this is pushing us into "the fourth industrial revolution" and is transforming the labour markets beyond all recognition from decades ago, it will lead to a net loss of over 5 million jobs in 15 major developed and emerging economies by 2020. These countries include Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by distant
    +40 +1

    The Automation Paradox

    Automation isn’t just for blue-collar workers anymore. Computers are now taking over tasks performed by professional workers, raising fears of massive unemployment. Some people, such as the MIT professors Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, identify automation as a cause of the slow recovery from the Great Recession and the “hollowing out of the middle class.” Others see white-collar automation as causing a level of persistent technological...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +28 +1

    Automation won't destroy jobs, but it will change them

    The last few years have seen numerous studies pointing to a bleak future with technology-induced unemployment on the rise. For example, a pivotal 2013 study by researchers at the University of Oxford found that of 702 unique job types in the United States economy, around 47% were at high risk of computerisation.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by isosphere
    +2 +1

    RS-485 Bus Details

    Low-voltage communication buses are critical to most networked automation systems and when they fail they are a huge pain to troubleshoot. We use them because the cables are cheap, but you might end up paying for it with troubleshooting labour later. Ethernet/IP based communication is becoming much more common, but we'll probably still see serial busses for some time yet.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by aj0690
    +24 +1

    Fast-food CEO says he's investing in machines because he can't afford to pay workers

    The 100% automated restaurant, Eatsa, has inspired the CEO of Carl's Jr. The CEO of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's has visited the fully automated restaurant Eatsa — and it's given him some ideas on how to deal with rising minimum wages. "I want to try it," CEO Andy Puzder told Business Insider of his automated restaurant plans. "We could have a restaurant that's focused on all-natural products and is much like an Eatsa...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +23 +1

    This Is What It Feels Like When A Robot Takes Your Job

    For about a year, Sam Fox-Hartin had worked for an on-demand concierge startup called GoButler as a "Hero," the company's term for employees who field users' requests, via text message, and then complete tasks such as booking tables at restaurants, scheduling appointments, or ordering food for delivery on their behalf. Most of these tasks, like the ones I watched Fox-Hartin maneuver when GoButler invited me to...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +20 +1

    Massive Robots Keep Docks Shipshape

    TraPac LLC’s Los Angeles shipping terminal offers a window to how coming global trade will move: using highly automated systems and machinery to handle a flood of goods amid new free-trade accords.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +54 +1

    California’s $15-an-hour minimum wage may spur automation

    For many California business groups, the state's decision to gradually raise its minimum wage to $15 by 2022 is a terrible thing. But for its technology industry, it may be a plus. Higher wages, says the California Restaurant Association, will force businesses to face "undesirable" options, including cutting staff, raising prices and adopting automation.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Apolatia
    +44 +1

    Will minimum wage hikes lead to a huge boost in automation? Only if we're lucky.

    As states like California and cities like Seattle boost their minimum wages up to $15 an hour, critics warn that job losses will be inevitable. In particular, one major line of criticism from outlets like the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Forbes's Tim Worstall is that big increases in pay floors only lead to job loss via automation. Both critics point to initiatives at McDonald's and Wendy's to automate more of the service process, and warn that robots, rather than workers...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by Chubros
    +32 +1

    Giving people free money could be the only solution when robots finally take our jobs

    For centuries, the way people make money has stayed mostly the same: People earn a living based on the skills they bring to society. Doctors make more than plumbers because open-heart surgery saves more lives than fixing leaky toilets. Star athletes make more than teachers because entertainment is more lucrative than education. But the recent evidence is overwhelming: Automated robots are replacing workers faster than our economy can handle.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by bkool
    +29 +1

    Robots will make it even harder for poor countries to get rich

    Robots are usually discussed as a threat to jobs in developed countries, but they could have an even more destructive effect on the developing world. A recent article in The Financial Times describes how automation could destroy one of the tried-and-tested routes of economic growth, in which a country’s labor force moves from farms to factories, creating cheap goods for export. We rightly think of factory work as dangerous, monotonous, and exploitative, but that doesn’t meant...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by bkool
    +46 +1

    Wendy's is replacing its lowest-paid workers with robots

    Wendy's may sell "old-fashioned hamburgers," but the fast food chain is about to start getting them to customers in a newfangled way. Citing concerns about the rising cost of labor, Wendy's President Todd Penegor told Investor's Business Daily (IBD) about plans to automate the ordering process in company restaurants. Employees who once took orders from customers will be replaced by self-service kiosks. Mobile ordering and payment apps will also cut down on employee hours.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by aj0690
    +39 +1

    Fmr. McDonald's USA CEO: $35K Robots Cheaper Than Hiring at $15 Per Hour

    As fast-food workers across the country vie for $15 per hour wages, many business owners have already begun to take humans out of the picture. “I was at the National Restaurant Show yesterday and if you look at the robotic devices that are coming into the restaurant industry -- it’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient making $15 an hour bagging French fries -- it’s nonsense and it’s very destructive and it’s inflationary...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Apolatia
    -1 +1

    Foxconn replaces '60,000 factory workers with robots'

    Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has reportedly replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots. One factory has "reduced employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 thanks to the introduction of robots", a government official told the South China Morning Post. Xu Yulian, head of publicity for the Kunshan region, added: "More companies are likely to follow suit." China is investing heavily in a robot workforce.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Pfennig88
    +36 +1

    As Tech Evaporates Jobs, "The Tipping Point Will Be Driverless Trucks"

    Driverless vehicles "will make what happened in the steel or auto industries look tiny," says the former chief of one of America's largest unions. It was the free pizza that led Andy Stern to his first union meeting, back when he was working as a welfare caseworker in the 1970’s. He rose fast through the ranks, eventually claiming one of the most powerful positions in the labor movement: President of the 2.2-million member Service Employees International Union.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +40 +1

    Why AI will break capitalism.

    I’m a big believer in capitalism today. We live in a world where not everyone’s effort is equal. Yes, capitalism is grossly unfair in some parts — based on your birth, inheritance and a range of other factors. But it’s also one of the only systems we have the accounts for the effort you put in to produce things that other people want to use. And yet, I can also see an end. Capitalism’s greatest threat is it’s own progress. The technology capitalism has created is systematically undermining it. Which is why we may have to rethink it.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by Pfennig88
    +17 +1

    3 of the world's 10 largest employers are now replacing their workers with robots

    CLSA, WEF, and Citi have all been mulling what to work as robotics and automation advance. Will be have more leisure time or more poverty and inequality?