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  • 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?

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by gottlieb
    +19 +1

    What Saved Hostess And Twinkies: Automation And Firing 95% Of The Union Workforce

    Unions fight for the working man and act as a counterbalance to the power of the capitalists. And there’s no reason why someone should not be able to avail themselves of such union protections–the right of association is as important a freedom as the right to free speech is. However, it’s also true that unions, just like any other form of human organization, can become stultified. They can become the problem rather than the solution to anything.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +17 +1

    When the Robots Rise

    Will automation kill the middle class—and democracy with it? By Lee Drutman and Yascha Mounk. (July 4, 2016)

  • Video/Audio
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +34 +1

    A British artist spent 10 years teaching this robot how to draw, and it totally shows

    Although Patrick Tresset still regards himself an artist, he no longer paints. He still produces portraits, but doesn’t draw them with his hands. Tresset instead has turned to robotics, creating a computational system that is “artistic, expressive, and obsessive” in its ability to draw, reports Make. More than just a copy machine, Tresset’s robots are designed with an “autonomous artistic creativity” that makes them capable of producing “objects that are considered as artworks.”

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +35 +1

    Elon Musk: Tesla’s Model 3 factory could look like an alien warship

    For decades, a big trend in manufacturing has been the gradual automation of the factory floor. Robots play a major role in making advanced products today — they're fast, clean and efficient. But Tesla chief executive Elon Musk wants to take this to a whole new level with the factory producing the upcoming, low-cost Model 3, turning "the machine that makes the machine" into an "alien dreadnought." Not literally. The factory isn't going to become self-aware and turn on its masters; after all, Musk is an avowed skeptic of the kind of general artificial intelligence that could enable killer machines.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +19 +1

    Your future robot tattooist has steady hands, but isn't great at conversation

    A robot tattooist might have steadier "hands" than its human counterpart, but how do you know it's not going to accidentally tattoo you all the way down to the bone? That's all I could think of watching this video of what's been billed as the "world's first tattoo by an industrial robot." At around two and a half minutes in you can see how tightly the tattoo recipient has been strapped to a chair and you think: "Ah, if he moves, then things are going to get nasty." That aside, it's wonderful to see an industrial robot being put to this use.

  • Unspecified
    2 years ago
    by doodlegirl
    +16 +1

    UPS to fully automate 30 largest U.S. hubs

    UPS Inc. is in the process of fully automating its 30 busiest U.S. package and delivery hubs, a four-year program that will yield 20 to 25 percent in productivity improvements per facility by the time the work is done in 2020, according to UPS' head of U.S. operations. The automation will encompass 27 ground hubs and 3 air hubs, known as "Tier 1" hubs, which handle about 60 percent of the Atlanta-based giant's volume, Myron Gray told analysts Friday as UPS released its second-quarter financial results. UPS handles about 18.3 million shipments a day worldwide.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Petrox
    +11 +1

    SRI Spin-off Abundant Robotics Developing Autonomous Apple Vacuum

    As an apple fan (the delicious fruit, not the horrible-tasting technology company), I take it for granted that apples will be available to me at affordable prices whenever and wherever I want them. This is because I’m a clueless consumer, who had no idea that in 2012, 4.2 million apples were picked in the United States. By hand. Apple picking is a task that seems like it should be easy to automate: The environment is semistructured, and you’re dealing with objects that are nearly homogenous.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by wildcard
    +29 +1

    Six Very Clear Signs That Your Job Is Due To Be Automated

    In H. G. Wells’s classic The War of the Worlds, the narrator pauses a moment to rue the fact that he didn’t react sooner to the arrival of an "intelligence greater than man’s"—in his case, Martians landing on earth. Comparing himself to a comfortable dodo in its nest, he imagined those ill-fated birds also dithering as hungry sailors invaded their island: "We will peck them to death tomorrow, my dear." And what about you? As intelligent technologies take over more and more of the decision...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by aj0690
    +12 +1

    Impact of automation on developing countries puts up to 85% of jobs at risk

    A new report from Citi and the Oxford Martin School explores the varying impact that automation of jobs will have on countries and cities around the world, in the near future and the coming decades. Technology at Work v2.0: The Future Is Not What It Used to Be builds on 2013 research by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne which found that 47 per cent of US jobs were at risk of automation over the next two decades, and on the first Technology at Work report, published in 2015.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +1 +1

    Brad Wardell: Robot Automation Will Crush the Revolution

    Robots will be used to suppress attempts by the masses to rise up, a CEO who works with artificial intelligence has warned. Brad Wardell, founder of software company Stardock, said that automation will replace more and more jobs; but the elite few left with all the wealth will be able to crush any attempts to rebel with an array of security machines. “My day job is to evaluate technology and try to predict where it’s going to go next,” Wardell said in a blog post published Monday. “And with that, I am telling you the automation revolution isn’t happening soon. It’s happening right now.”

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by zyery
    +15 +1

    If Immigrants Don't Compete With Working-Class Americans, Robots Will

    Donald Trump wants us to believe that immigration is hurting American workers. The truth is more complicated—and less useful.

  • Video/Audio
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +33 +1

    The Amazing Garage Where Robots Do the Parking

    Parking sucks. Looking for a space, driving round and round, trying not to hit a pillar. Fear not, the robots have it covered.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by manix
    +18 +1

    Trump promises to bring back manufacturing jobs, but robots won’t let him

    For Americans struggling with stagnant wages, under- or un-employment, one of Donald Trump’s most appealing campaign promises was to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. Navigating the complexities of policy, tariffs and geopolitics would make that hard enough already for the president elect. But technology will make this promise nearly impossible to fulfill.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by junglman
    +10 +1

    UN report says robots threaten two thirds of jobs in developing countries

    In the past, the United Nations has considered the threat posed by weaponized AI, but now the body is looking at a more mundane, but still important, robot invasion. A report from the latest UN Conference on Trade and Development has outlined how the increasing use of industrial automation is impacting jobs in developing countries, and what strategies may help in overcoming the problem.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by everlost
    +32 +1

    To keep the cranberry industry in its birthplace, a farm turns to drones, data, and automation

    Keith Mann faces the same problem each year: frost. The icy condensation is detrimental to his crop in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, the birthplace of the modern American cranberry industry. As the temperatures drop into the fall months, the owner of 150 acres of cranberry bogs throws on some layers and preps a network of sprinklers, which spray enough temperate water to keep the vines above freezing until the sun rises.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by TNY
    +23 +1

    Why Industry 4.0 is going to take all our jobs and why that’s okay

    Whether it’s the FitBit on your arm, a bathroom mirror with a heads-up-display, or the orchestra of smart light bulbs that you have in your home, the Internet of Things, despite its ridiculous name, is feature-creeping on the life of the average consumer. Cheaper than ever before can high-functioning internet connected devices be manufactured, thus offering entrepreneurs the proverbial “Gold Mine” of opportunity for innovation and automation. And, as is often the case with tech, the reception has been cautiously optimistic.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +25 +1

    Think your job is safe from the robo-uprising? Think again

    Digital systems are only getting smarter to the point where a modern AI could fight a traffic ticket in court or invest your money.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by drunkenninja
    +48 +1

    You will love the future economy, thanks to robots and AI

    Next time you stop for gas at a self-serve pump, say hello to the robot in front of you. Its life story can tell you a lot about the robot economy roaring toward us like an EF5 tornado on the prairie.Yeah, your automated gas pump killed a lot of jobs over the years, but its biography might give you hope that the coming wave of automation driven by artificial intelligence (AI) will turn out better for almost all of us than a lot of people seem to think.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by wildcard
    +29 +1

    Automation Won't Create New Jobs Like Technology Did In The Past

    "Increased productivity leads to more wealth, cheaper goods, greater spending power and ultimately, more jobs," said the Wall Street Journal in the latest entry in the counterpoint to articles declaring the end of work. People should trust things will work out and know the weight of historic experience is on their side, although no one really explains how. Financial services companies are required to note that previous performance is no promise of future gains.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by Nelson
    +31 +1

    Robots will take our jobs – but that's good for the future of civilisation

    The next time you're standing at a busy junction, look around and count how many people you can see driving for a living. Tot them up – bus drivers, van drivers, Amazon deliverymen, Ubers, black cabs, hauliers – and you're looking at the single biggest sector of our economy. Yet, in another decade or so, almost all these men – they're mainly men – will be out of work, displaced by driverless cars and delivery drones.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by baron778
    +9 +1

    Tech: More robots to join the workforce in 2017

    Manufacturers have made it clear: The future of manufacturing will include more technology, greater automation and an increased use of collaborative robots. According to the Grand Rapids Business Journal, there are roughly 35,000 robots already being sold on an annual basis. Each year, robots become cheaper to buy and operate and their abilities to perform more detailed tasks grows exponentially with implementations including camera systems and cloud technology.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by zyery
    +32 +1

    White House: Robots may take half of our jobs, and we should embrace it

    Artificial intelligence is coming, and policymakers need to prepare the economy for it, the White House said in a report released Wednesday. The report, “Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy,” suggests the U.S. should invest in and develop AI, because it has “many benefits,” education and train Americans for the jobs of the future, and aid workers in the transition and empower them to share in future growth.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by TNY
    +25 +1

    There will be much less work in the future. Societies need to get ready, now

    A war on wheels has been raging in London since Uber started operating there four years ago. Traditional black cab drivers have been up in arms about the new high tech disruptor. Uber has accused London’s Mayor of siding with the black cabs and has taken legal action against Transport for London, which is planning new regulations to limit the number of private hire vehicles. In November, more than 100 Uber drivers mounted a “go slow” protest in London to put pressure on the company to pay the minimum wage.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by drunkenninja
    +36 +1

    iPhone manufacturer Foxconn plans to replace almost every human worker with robots

    Foxconn, the Taiwanese manufacturing giant behind Apple’s iPhone and numerous other major electronics devices, aims to automate away a vast majority of its human employees, according to a report...

  • Video/Audio
    1 year ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +38 +1

    The Swan Automaton

    John Joseph Merlin

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by drunkenninja
    +35 +1

    Amazon now has 45,000 robots in its warehouses

    The e-commerce giant is adding roughly 15,000 robots to its warehouses each year.

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +15 +1

    Fully automated luxury communism

    At a time when robots crowd factory lines, algorithms steer cars and smart screens litter the checkout aisles, automation is the new spectre. The robots, they say, are coming for our jobs. Let them, reply the luxury communists. Located on the futurist left end of the political spectrum, fully automated luxury communism (FALC) aims to embrace automation to its fullest extent. The term may seem oxymoronic, but that’s part of the point: anything labeled luxury communism is going to be hard to ignore.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +6 +1

    Life Insurance Company is Replacing Human Employees With AI

    Japanese life insurance company Fukoku Mutual is replacing 34 employees with AI derived from IBM's Watson. Automation is securing its place now even outside of the manufacturing sector. While not all jobs are at risk of machine replacement, that list seems to be growing smaller.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +35 +1

    Prominent Scientists Attribute Job Loss To Automation, Not Foreigners

    For decades, it was practically considered conventional wisdom that foreigners are the cause for so many jobs lost in industrialized countries. It didn’t matter if it was jobs getting shipped overseas or foreigners migrating to developed nations, it was their fault that employment was being taken away. However, this might not be the entire story as even prominent scientists are now saying that automation might play a bigger role in job loss than anything else.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Apolatia
    +23 +1

    How Electric Vehicles Could End Car Ownership as We Know It

    If I say “personal electric vehicle,” you might think “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” or maybe “exploding hoverboards.” You don’t think global transportation revolution. But in the past few years, with the convergence of better battery technology, lighter materials and smaller, more powerful electric motors, entirely new kinds of transportation have bloomed. The electric powertrain, unlike that of the internal combustion engine, scales...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by ppp
    +10 +1

    Instead of immigrants, automation may take away more jobs

    Donald Trump has been crowing as companies including Ford renounce plans to move factories to Mexico. But the main beneficiaries of this shift back to the US aren't saying much by way of celebration -- industrial robots don't tend to speak. While globalisation's detractors blame countries such as China and Mexico for stealing the factory jobs of the West, experts point to less obvious culprits which are harder to scapegoat and to overcome in an interconnected economy with complex...

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by drunkenninja
    +20 +1

    It’s Either Basic Income or Chaos

    Pay it forward or suffer the payback. Basic income has been a pretty hot button topic recently. Forbes says it could help our society’s productivity. The Guardian says it’s an absolute necessity. The New Economy calls it a socialist fairytale. I say it’s either basic income or total and utter, scorched earth, death match for drinking water, cannibalistic chaos.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by zritic
    +17 +1

    These six-wheeled robots are about to start delivering food in the US

    A small number of Americans will soon be able to have food and other goods delivered to them by an adorable semi-autonomous robot. Starship Technologies announced the first two commercial partnerships for its ground-based delivery robots in the US today — one with DoorDash in Redwood City, California, and one with Postmates in Washington, DC. The commercial trials will see these services start making deliveries in the coming weeks using Starship’s six-wheeled robots within a four-mile-wide test area in each city.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by drunkenninja
    +31 +1

    Manufacturing jobs are finally returning to North America...for robots

    With emerging-market wages catching up fast, the advantage to offshore manufacturing is dwindling. But automation threatens jobs on every continent.