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The Robot Reality: Service Jobs Are Next to Go
The Fiscal Times ^ | Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 | Blaire Briody

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 ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: robots
Obama isn't just gun salesman of the year, once Obamacare kicks in he's robot salesman of the century. Our manufacturing that moved to China will be coming back, just not the blue collar jobs.
1 posted on 03/26/2013 5:29:13 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: Reeses

Taiwann’s Foxcon (AppleIphone) is planning on 1million robots in the next 3 years. Robots don’t complain, they say.


2 posted on 03/26/2013 5:34:29 PM PDT by griswold3
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To: Reeses

What happens when the robots are laid off?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF51ChhNaSc


3 posted on 03/26/2013 5:35:21 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: griswold3
Robots don’t complain

Not even about socialists confiscating their work output. For the first time in history, socialism might not run out of other people's money.

4 posted on 03/26/2013 5:38:03 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: Reeses

MTM - just print what you need! What could go wrong?


5 posted on 03/26/2013 5:41:24 PM PDT by griswold3
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To: Reeses
"Can I be of assistance?"


6 posted on 03/26/2013 5:56:48 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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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.


7 posted on 03/26/2013 6:03:18 PM PDT by nvscanman
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now if they can get one to pour a cup coffee, maybe the cost of $tarbuck$ coffee can come down...
8 posted on 03/26/2013 6:05:31 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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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.


9 posted on 03/26/2013 6:12:16 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

That was pretty good.


10 posted on 03/26/2013 6:12:31 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: mrsmith

more like ten years. Things are moving fast


11 posted on 03/26/2013 6:38:16 PM PDT by ckilmer
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12 posted on 03/26/2013 7:01:53 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Chode
now if they can get one to pour a cup coffee, maybe the cost of $tarbuck$ coffee can come down.

They are working on it.

13 posted on 03/26/2013 7:09:53 PM PDT by Pilsner
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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.


14 posted on 03/26/2013 7:29:09 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Pilsner
Harry Mudd... what a guy
15 posted on 03/26/2013 7:34:32 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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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.


16 posted on 03/26/2013 8:18:55 PM PDT by ckilmer
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Then there's the downside....
 
 
Haaaarcoooourt!!

17 posted on 03/26/2013 9:59:09 PM PDT by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: nvscanman
we will likely regret creating host bodies just waiting for self awareness.

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.

18 posted on 03/27/2013 3:58:52 AM PDT by Reeses
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To: lapsus calami
now THAT, is a real nightmare!!!
19 posted on 03/27/2013 4:47:36 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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