Skip to comments.The Robot Reality: Service Jobs Are Next to Go
Posted on 03/26/2013 5:29:13 PM PDT by Reeses
If you meet Baxter, the latest humanoid robot from Rethink Robotics you should get comfortable with him, because you'll likely be seeing more of him soon.
Rethink Robotics released Baxter last fall and received an overwhelming response from the manufacturing industry, selling out of their production capacity through April. He's cheap to buy ($22,000), easy to train, and can safely work side-by-side with humans. He's just what factories need to make their assembly lines more efficient and yes, to replace costly human workers.
But manufacturing is only the beginning.
(Excerpt) Read more at cnbc.com ...
Taiwann’s Foxcon (AppleIphone) is planning on 1million robots in the next 3 years. Robots don’t complain, they say.
What happens when the robots are laid off?
Not even about socialists confiscating their work output. For the first time in history, socialism might not run out of other people's money.
MTM - just print what you need! What could go wrong?
Once singularity is reached and synthetic intellect appears we will
likely regret creating host bodies just waiting for self awareness.
We are a clever species but not intelligent. An intelligent one would
not rush headlong into creating it’s own replacement.
The biggest obstacle to robotic manufacturing is... production managers!
These ‘distributed servo” robots are the future though. In 20 years- max- they’ll be in the service sector.
That was pretty good.
more like ten years. Things are moving fast
They are working on it.
Well, I have been out of the field awhile... but production manager-types do make the decisions in most corportions and they despised robotics- it turns their jobs over to the technicians. So they fight it in every way.
5 - 10 years development in manufacturing, then 5 - 10 years in back room jobs in service industries before they face customers.
yeah that sounds like how the development would go. manufacturing to back office in service industries to service industry facing customers.
And the time frame might well be 20 years before robots face customers.
But the article already cited examples of robots facing customers in Japan.
Humans killed off all other humanoid competitors, which is why today we are all so genetically similar. Humans have very few variations on a theme like we see in nature. It's a rule of the universe that more than one advanced intelligence life form competing over limited resources is unstable and won't last. Just ask the Native Americans how 1492 worked out for them. It's a given that humans will eventually be displaced by super machines of our own initial invention. They may keep a few of us around in zoos. They may even clone a section 8 foodstamp Democrat to go next to the Neanderthal exhibit.