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  • Question du jour: What happens when we DO replace low-skill workers with robots ?

    08/18/2015 5:41:12 AM PDT · by Salgak · 37 replies
    So question du jour (and I'm asking it in several places today: it was set off by the attached link and its' discussion here on FR. . ) Replacing low-skilled workers with automation, and now robots, has been an accellerating trend for over a century now, and really looks like we're soon going to hit the point where the curve goes hyperbolic. (especially with the push for $15/hour for minimum wage. . .) Given that, as more and more skilled jobs are automated out of existence. . . .what do we do about the now-unemployed, and likely permanently unemployable? So...
  • Chinese Company Replaces Humans With Robots, Production Skyrockets, Mistakes Disappear

    08/01/2015 8:00:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/01/2015 | Tyler Durden
    "I believe that anyone who has a job and works full time, they should be able to pay the things that sustain life: food, shelter and clothing. I can't even do that."That rather depressing quote is from 61-year old Rebecca Cornick. She’s a grandmother and a 9-year Wendy’s veteran who spoke to CBS News. Rebecca makes $9 an hour and her plight is representative of fast food workers across the country who are campaigning for higher pay. The fast food worker pay debate is part of a larger discussion as "states and cities across the country [wrestle] with the idea of...
  • China sets up first unmanned factory

    07/30/2015 3:13:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Business Standard ^ | July 27, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    A Chinese firm specialising in precision technology has set up the first unmanned factory at Dongguan city where all the processes are operated by robots, regarded as futuristic solution to tide over China's looming demographic crisis and dependence on manual workers. In the plant, all the processes are operated by computer- controlled robots, computer numerical control machining equipment, unmanned transport trucks and automated warehouse equipment. The technical staff just sits at the computer and monitors through a central control system. At the workshop of Changying Precision Technology Company in Dongguan, known as the "world factory", which manufactures cell phone modules,...
  • A World Without Work

    06/23/2015 6:28:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 23, 2015 | Derek Thompson
    1. Youngstown, U.S.A. The end of work is still just a futuristic concept for most of the United States, but it is something like a moment in history for Youngstown, Ohio, one its residents can cite with precision: September 19, 1977. For much of the 20th century, Youngstown’s steel mills delivered such great prosperity that the city was a model of the American dream, boasting a median income and a homeownership rate that were among the nation’s highest. But as manufacturing shifted abroad after World War II, Youngstown steel suffered, and on that gray September afternoon in 1977, Youngstown Sheet...
  • The Next Phase of the Industrial Revolution

    06/09/2015 11:57:22 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 10, 2015 | Warren Beatty
    Ever heard of the Luddites, who took their name from Ned Ludd? They were English textile workers who protested, from 1811 to 1816, against the development and implementation of labor-saving technologies....... .... Robots are causing a new Industrial Revolution..... [SNIP] ....Liberals are even proposing the regulation of technological advancement..... .........One aspect of the massive agrarian job loss in America was that the unemployed farm workers did not sit idle. Instead of lamenting their fate, waiting for government to do something and/or take care of them, they took advantage of the fact that new technology created hundreds of millions of jobs...
  • Virginia Opens Its Roads To Self Driving Cars

    06/06/2015 11:11:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Popular Science ^ | June 3, 2015 | Mary Beth Griggs
    Self-driving cars are taking to the streets in California this summer, but the Golden State isn't the only one opening its roads to autonomous cars.Virginia just announced that 70 miles of highway in the Commonwealth would be open to self-driving cars, like the cars in Google's fleet. Any autonomous vehicle wanting to travel those routes, called the Virginia Automated Corridors, will be overseen by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which helped the state government plan the project.As the Richmond Times-Dispatchreports the plan is for companies to test how their cars react in real-world situations on highways packed with human drivers....
  • A different cluetrain

    02/25/2015 2:16:24 PM PST · by RightCenter · 2 replies
    Charlie's Diary ^ | February 25, 2015 | Charles Stross
    A different cluetrain By Charlie Stross Right now, I'm chewing over the final edits on a rather political book. And I think, as it's a near future setting, I should jot down some axioms about politics ... 1. We're living in an era of increasing automation. And it's trivially clear that the adoption of automation privileges capital over labour (because capital can be substituted for labour, and the profit from its deployment thereby accrues to capital rather than being shared evenly across society). 2. A side-effect of the rise of capital is the financialization of everything—capital flows towards profit centres...
  • Huis Ten Bosch theme park to get hotel staffed by robots

    01/28/2015 9:42:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | January 28, 2015
    NAGASAKI – A hotel with robot staff and face recognition instead of room keys will open this summer in Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki Prefecture, the operator of the theme park said Tuesday. The two-story Henn na Hotel is scheduled to open July 17. It will be promoted with the slogan “A Commitment for Evolution,” Huis Ten Bosch Co. said. The name reflects how the hotel will “change with cutting-edge technology,” a company official said. This is a play on words: “Henn” is also part of the Japanese word for change. Robots will provide porter service, room cleaning, front desk...
  • Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?

    01/04/2015 5:39:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 4, 2014 | Clive Irving
    Too many computers and not enough “hands-on” flying mean most pilots would have fallen victim to the weather that brought down AirAsia 8501. 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...
  • What Happens to Society When Robots Replace Workers?

    12/11/2014 6:57:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 46 replies
    Harvard Business Review ^ | December 10, 2014 | William H. DavidowMichael S. Malone
    The technologies of the past, by replacing human muscle, increased the value of human effort – and in the process drove rapid economic progress. Those of the future, by substituting for man’s senses and brain, will accelerate that process – but at the risk of creating millions of citizens who are simply unable to contribute economically, and with greater damage to an already declining middle class. Estimates of general rates of technological progress are always imprecise, but it is fair to say that, in the past, progress came more slowly. Henry Adams, the historian, measured technological progress by the power...
  • Report: robots could eliminate need for most lawyers

    12/06/2014 5:23:04 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 59 replies ^ | Matt Cantor
    A new report looks at the state of the legal profession in 2030, and it doesn't look too pretty as far as employment is concerned, io9 reports. "It is no longer unrealistic to consider that workplace robots and their AI processing systems could reach the point of general production by 2030," the report, by Jomati Consultants, says. And those robots could eventually "do the work of a dozen low-level associates. They would not get tired. They would not seek advancement (or) pay rises." A firm's upper echelons would still be populated by actual human lawyers, but the need for associates...
  • Workers of the World, Goodbye

    09/23/2014 7:49:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Taki's Magazine ^ | September 22, 2014 | Jim Goad
    There was something pathetically nostalgic at the specter earlier this month of fast-food workers demanding compensation to the tune of $15 an hour for performing jobs that require almost no skills beyond not being in a coma. It recalled a halcyon age very long ago when management depended on menial labor, when a general strike of unskilled workers could bring bosses to their knees. But now a company called Momentum Machines is touting a device that can allegedly shoot out 360 custom-ordered and fully wrapped burgers per hour, rendering the very idea of an exploited and undercompensated “fast-food worker” a...
  • Cars that drive themselves starting to chat with each other

    09/13/2014 7:36:35 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 28 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 9/13/2014 | Ben Klayman, Bernie Woodall and Paul Lienert
    DETROIT (Reuters) - An Acura RLX sedan demonstrated an unusual way to tow another car this week: the vehicles were not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology that indicates a new stage in automation is happening faster than many expected. An Acura RLX sedan brakes to avoid a mannequin "pedestrian"  
  • Ships without crew set for the seas

    09/11/2014 6:19:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Local Europe AB ^ | September 11, 2014
    Researchers based in Norway believe that in around 10 years time cargo ships will have the technology to sail the seas without the need of a captain or crew. Marintek, part of the SINTEF group based in Norway, is one of a number of partners working on developing systems which can operate without the need for humans. The "Seatonomy" project is looking to have ships sailing without human crews in the next 10 to 20 years. The 12 million kroner ($1.9 million) research investment by SINTEF could actually improve ship safety as human error causes more than 75 percent of...
  • Ready for the robot revolution?

    08/29/2014 7:37:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Computerworld ^ | Ahmed Banafa
    Progress in robotics, from drones to medical applications, is starting to come at a fast clip. Do you want your robot to cook your food, or just deliver it?The days of drones filling the sky and robots roaming in our streets are not far removed from reality anymore, and scenes from movies like Star Wars, Minority Report and I, Robot will be common soon. Just consider some of the ways that robots have started to permeate our lives. Start with Amazon, which is taking to drones in a big way. The online shopping giant started a new phase in high-tech...
  • Robots 'invade' Starwood Hotels

    08/12/2014 10:12:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    CNBC ^ | August 12, 2014 | Justin Solomon
    Look out Rosie the Robot, Starwood Hotels' Aloft brand has a taskmaster of its own. His (or her?) name; A.L.O. pronounced "el-oh", the hotels' first Botlr (short of robotic butler.) Standing just under 3 feet tall, A.L.O. comes dressed in a vinyl-collared butler uniform and will soon be on call all day and night to fulfill requests from guests. Forget your toothpaste? Need more towels? How about a late-night chocolate bar? All guests of the hotel have to do is call the front desk, where staff will load up the Botlr with requested items, punch in the guest's room number...
  • We’re heading into a jobless future, no matter what the government does

    07/23/2014 11:33:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2014 | Vivek Wadhwa
    In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers revived a debate I’d had with futurist Ray Kurzweil in 2012 about the jobless future. He echoed the words of Peter Diamandis, who says that we are moving from a history of scarcity to an era of abundance. Then he noted that the technologies that make such abundance possible are allowing production of far more output using far fewer people. On all this, Summers is right. Within two decades, we will have almost unlimited energy, food, and clean water; advances in medicine will allow us to live...
  • McDonald's hires 7,000 touch-screen cashiers

    05/16/2014 8:28:54 AM PDT · by Baynative · 142 replies
    cnet ^ | 5/17/14 | Amanda Kooser
    The touch screens will only accept debit or credit cards, adding to the slow death knell of cash and coins. This all goes along with an overall revamp of McDonald's restaurants worldwide aimed at projecting a modern image as opposed to the old-fashioned golden arches with a slightly creepy (to my taste anyway) clown guy hanging around the french fries.
  • The Employee of the Month Has a Battery: Minimum wage hikes accelerating trend toward automation

    02/03/2014 2:15:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 97 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/30/2014 | MICHAEL SALTSMAN
    Ten years ago it might have seemed far-fetched that a customer could order food in a restaurant without speaking to anyone. But it's a reality now as service employers across the country—including Chili's, Chevys Fresh Mex and California Pizza Kitchen—introduce tabletop ordering devices. A few clicks on an iPad-like device and the food is on its way. Technology has made these changes possible, but that's not what's driving their implementation. Steady federal and state increases to the minimum wage have forced employers in retail and service industries to rely on technology as the government makes entry-level labor more expensive. Now...
  • Will the 2nd Great Machine Age be a frightening jobless dystopia?

    01/29/2014 7:57:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | January 25, 2014 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Thanks to lightning-speed advances in hi-tech, humanity (or part of it) is close to achieving its dream of prosperity without toil. We are already starting glimpse the awful consequences. As Voltaire said, work is the triple tonic for needs, vice, and boredom. A Davos vote split 51:49 on whether "technological innovation" will keep displacing jobs – and at an accelerating rate – leaving us with a deformed world where hundreds of millions are left on the unemployment scrap-heap (205m so far). The waters have been so muddied by the global financial crisis – and the 1930s response to it in...
  • Research Report Predicts Automated Microstores to Grow to Over 35,000 Locations

    12/29/2013 2:53:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Sys-Con Media ^ | December 23, 2013
    AVT, Inc. (OTC Markets: AVTC) (, a leader in custom vending machines, business opportunities, and kiosks, commented today on a research report that predicted over 35,000 Micromarket locations within the decade. The study, written by noted market research company Bachtelle and Associates, and published in Vending Times Magazine, said that this is a "new channel" and is "driving more sales, pleasing customers and exciting our industry." "We predict that there will be 13,000 Micromarkets on location by 2015, and 35,000 within a decade," Brad Bachtelle stated. AVT is a leader in Micromarket design and development. From their unique UShop systems,...
  • Is Your Job About To Be Outsourced By A Computer (The Probability Is 47%)

    12/11/2013 7:44:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/11/2013 | Tyler Durden
    Productivity. Every employer loves it, and every employee is fascinated by it, especially if it comes in cute colors, a retina screen, and weighs under a pound... at least until such time as "productivity" results in the loss of the employee's job, which in turn makes the employer love it even more as it results in even higher profits, even if it means one more pink slip and a 91 million people outside the labor force. With a labor force already in turmoil as millions drop out every year never to be heard from again, made obscolete by the...
  • The Minimum Wage and the Rise of the Machines: The robot future is coming

    12/06/2013 8:54:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 97 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/06/2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    After you heard President Obama’s call for a hike in the minimum wage, you probably wondered the same thing I did: Was Obama sent from the future by Skynet to prepare humanity for its ultimate dominion by robots? But just in case the question didn’t occur to you, let me explain. On Tuesday, the day before Obama called for an increase in the minimum wage, the restaurant chain Applebee’s announced that it will install iPad-like tablets at every table. Chili’s already made this move earlier this year. With these consoles customers will be able to order their meals and pay...
  • Study: 47% of US jobs could be automated in the next 20 years (The rise of Artificial Intelligence)

    09/29/2013 7:01:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/28/2013 | Rick Moran
    The authors of this study - two academics from Oxford - aren't saying that we will definitely lose 47% of current jobs to automation. They are saying its possible as artificial intelligence - AI - becomes reality. From Slate: In "The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation?," Frey and Osborne estimate that 47 percent of U.S. jobs are "at risk" of being automated in the next 20 years. This does not mean that they necessarily will be automated (despite the way the study has been portrayed in some media outlets)--rather, the authors argue, it is plausible over...
  • Robots May Revolutionize China's Electronics Manufacturing

    09/24/2013 10:13:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 24, 2013 | Eva Dou
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A new worker's revolution is rising in China and it doesn't involve humans. With soaring wages and an aging population, electronics factory managers say the day is approaching when robotic workers will replace people on the Chinese factory floor. A new wave of industrial robots is in development, ranging from high-end humanoid machines with vision, touch and even learning capabilities, to low-cost robots vying to undercut China's minimum wage....
  • A higher wage will force chains to replace humans with robots

    09/21/2013 12:16:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | September 19, 2013 | James Sherk
    Medieval doctors bled their patients with leeches. Far from improving their condition, it left them worse off. Raising the wages of fast-food workers to $15 an hour would produce similar results for those the proposal is intended to help. In America, minimum-wage workers are better paid than the average worker in Mexico. Why? It’s not because U.S. employers are more generous than their Mexican counterparts. Nor do Americans somehow deserve better pay. American minimum-wage earners make more because they produce more. Better education and greater capital investment make American workers more productive, raising their earnings. Competition forces businesses to pay...
  • Why robots could soon replace fast food workers demanding higher minimum wage

    07/29/2013 11:03:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    KIRO-FM's The Curley and Walsh Show ^ | July 11, 2013 | Josh Kerns
    If Seattle fast workers demanding a big raise in the minimum wage get their way, they'll soon be replaced by robots says KIRO Radio's John Curley, who points to growing automation as a warning to those who want $15 an hour or more to flip burgers. A group of local fast food workers recently staged a one-day walkout and are calling on the Seattle City Council to increase the minimum wage from $9.19 per hour - the highest in the country - to $15 an hour. "We're asking for $15 because in order to support one person in a one...
  • Korean Air Disaster

    07/10/2013 6:34:11 AM PDT · by Don Corleone · 29 replies
    E-Mail | 7/10/2013 | Pilot Instructor
    Old time freepers will know that I am a retired airline/military pilot of 40 years experience. Guys like us stay in touch and swap experiences. It is how we learned as youngsters and how we stayed alive into retirement. This revelation is nothing new to those of us who have been around the pattern a few times. Nothing new at all. Read it and make your own decision.
  • Robots Invade Restaurants: Here Are Eight of Our Favorites

    04/11/2013 1:59:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    SingularityHUB ^ | April 4, 2013 | Jason Dorrier
    Robotic automation has long been the domain of manufacturing, but of late, service robots have made an often entertaining and sometimes gimmicky leap to restaurants in China, Taiwan, Japan, and increasingly the US. Please accept the following video ode to Singularity Hub’s favorite restaurant robots of the past few years. Noodle bot: Knife-brandishing chopper of noodles, you terrify and inspire us in equal parts. You slice noodles with grim efficiency, and for that we are grateful. (VIDEO AT LINK) Sushi bot: Although the high art of sushi-making may best be suited for human hands, we hold your pace of 3,600...
  • 'Press 9 for More Options'

    05/06/2012 6:29:52 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    OPINION Updated May 3, 2012, 7:41 p.m. ET 'Press 9 for More Options' Companies claim automated phone-answering systems save them millions. I have my doubts. By STEPHEN MOORE One of the deep mysteries of modern life is why, in a nation with some 14 million unemployed people, it has become nearly impossible to call a store, a business or a government agency and speak to a live human being. I'm not a Luddite; I don't rage against the machine; and I've always argued that the digital age is making life better in almost every way. But there are some things...
  • Robotic prison wardens to patrol South Korean prison

    11/25/2011 9:45:59 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 November 2011 | BBC
    A jail in the eastern city of Pohang plans to run a month-long trial with three of the automatons in March. The machines will monitor inmates for abnormal behaviour. Researchers say they will help reduce the workload for other guards. South Korea aims to be a world leaders in robotics. Business leaders believe the field has the potential to become a major export industry. The three 5ft-high (1.5m) robots involved in the prison trial have been developed by the Asian Forum for Corrections, a South Korean group of researchers who specialise in criminality and prison policies. It said the robots...
  • Automation Nation: Will Artificial Intelligence Take Our Jobs? (Video)

    10/30/2011 10:29:59 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Ideas In Action ^ | October 26, 2011 | Jim Glassman
    A debate on the future of the American economy and the role of intelligent computers and robots. Will rapid technological innovations aid American workers, or will it render large numbers of American workers obsolete?
  • A Robot that flies like a bird

    Video of a robot sky rat ... {kinda cool}
  • Out: We’re losing jobs to ATMs. In: We’re creating jobs via robotics

    06/25/2011 4:45:16 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 39 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 25 jun 2011 | Allahpundit
    I’m not sure how to square this with this. Automation is bad for unemployment, except when it’s good for unemployment? Or full automation is bad, but partial automation is okay? Either way, it’s nice to see him talking up the job-creating benefits of technology. I think he should run with it. Take over the ATM manufacturing industry, then massively expand it as part of a new jobs program. Coming soon: A cash machine every 100 feet, coast to coast. Of course, there’s been a real debate about where to invest and where to cut, and I’m committed to working with...
  • Obama Blames ATMs for High Unemployment

    06/14/2011 8:23:38 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 181 replies
    <p>President Obama explained to NBC News that the reason companies aren't hiring are not because of his policies, it's because the economy is so automated.</p>
  • The Offshoring of America's Top Jobs

    02/23/2008 3:44:22 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 161 replies · 827+ views
    CAREERPLANNER.COM ^ | Michael T. Robinson
    The Offshoring of America's Top Jobs Many of America's top jobs are moving offshore. Which jobs are most likely to be hit by "offshoring" and what can you do to protect and safeguard your career?Jobs that are most likely to be moved offshore have these Characteristics: Work is highly repetitive (accounting) Work is predictable and well defined (customer service) Can be broken down into small manageable projects (software development) Can be turned into a routine (Tele-marketing) Proximity to the end customer is not important (phone based tech support of consumer products) End customer has already moved offshore (semiconductor sales) Jobs...
  • Where Have All The Harvesters Gone?

    10/05/2006 4:35:02 PM PDT · by Luis Gonzalez · 269 replies · 3,479+ views
    FOX News ^ | 10-05-06 | Dan Springer
    Immigration reform is the issue that won't go away. After a flurry of activity in Washington, D.C. and massive protests from coast-to-coast, Congress has decided to table the issue until after the midterm elections in November. Meanwhile, the country's agricultural industry is suffering substantial losses due to a lack of seasonal workers.
  • Computers write news at Thomson (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/22/2006 10:38:56 AM PDT · by abb · 27 replies · 3,918+ views
    Financial Times ^ | August 17, 2006 | Aline van Duyn
    First it was the typewriter, then the teleprinter. Now a US news service has found a way to replace human beings in the newsroom and is instead using computers to write some of its stories. Thomson Financial, the business information group, has been using computers to generate some stories since March and is so pleased with the results that it plans to expand the practice. The computers work so fast that an earnings story can be released within 0.3 seconds of the company making results public. By using previous results in ThomsonÂ’s database, the computer stories say whether a company...
  • IBM to Acquire Rembo Technology to Automate Software Installation .... PCs and Servers

    05/18/2006 1:29:10 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 188+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | May 18, 2006 | Laurie Friedman IBM
    ARMONK, NY, May 18, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- IBM today announced it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Rembo Technology, a privately held software company based in Geneva, Switzerland. Financial details were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2006. Rembo is a leading provider of software that helps organizations automatically install or upgrade operating systems on thousands of servers, laptops and desktop computers simultaneously, which eliminates the need for IT specialists to spend days or weeks installing software manually on each physical or virtualized computer. Installing and configuring...
  • Man Gets $218 Trillion Phone Bill (But it's for three months, so... )

    04/10/2006 8:17:38 AM PDT · by bwteim · 91 replies · 2,583+ views
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - April 10, 2006 - Think your phone bill is high? A Malaysian man says he nearly fainted when he got $218 trillion phone bill, and yes, that's in U.S. The man, Yahaya Wahab, says he's been ordered to pay up within ten days or face prosecution. The New Straits Times reports the bill was for a line that was supposed to have been disconnected in January. The unhappy phone customer says he can't wait to face Telekom Malaysia in court, if the company follows through with its threat.
  • Robots set to transform agriculture(Illegals aren't going to like this...)

    04/08/2006 3:25:10 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 77 replies · 1,763+ views
    Gizmag ^ | 4/8/06 | Gizmag
    April 8, 2006 Robots are on the march again into the last bastion of labour intensive industry - farming and horticulture. Researchers from Warwick HRI (the University of Warwick's horticultural arm), and its manufacturing engineering section, Warwick Manufacturing Group, are working on a suite of robots and automated systems which could transform farming and horticulture over the next decade. One of the best ideas we’ve seen in a long time is this inflatable conveyor belt developed for UK-based agricultural machinery company Aeropick. Due to an ingenious wheeled and inflatable system, up to 100 metres of powered conveyor belt can be...
  • More layoffs at Dan River

    03/27/2006 4:51:31 PM PST · by hacksaw37 · 8 replies · 489+ views
    Danville Register & Bee ^ | March 24, 2006 | GERALD WITT
    DANVILLE, Va. - More layoffs were announced Wednesday at Dan River Inc. as the textile manufacturer eliminated 110 jobs at its Brookneal, Va., sewing and finishing plant. Approximately 300 workers will remain at the Brookneal facility, according to Calvin Barnhardt, Dan River’s vice president of human resources. A total of about 600 area workers will stay with the company - 300 in Danville. Many employees leaving work at the Brookneal plant on Thursday were unaware of the layoffs. Those who did know about the cutbacks worried about losing their jobs. “They’re just giving us bits and pieces (of what is...
  • 'Robot Agents' to Help Settle Disputes (End of Lawyers?)

    01/09/2006 10:39:01 PM PST · by anymouse · 5 replies · 254+ views
    The Register ^ | Friday, January 6th, 2006
    A new system which provides fast online arbitration, mediation and conciliation services to help organisations quickly resolve disputes has been launched. The e-Dispute system, which has already been successfully piloted at the European Court of Arbitration and the Emilia-Romagna Chamber of Commerce in Italy, is now being trialed at a number of hospitals in the UK where it is being used to assist with claim resolution. Using e-Dispute, claimants and respondents can put their case before an independent online arbitrator (or "robot agent") who having reviewed the case will then set up a meeting between the two parties via chatrooms...
  • Computer Visionary Diebold Dies at 79

    12/28/2005 8:35:37 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 22 replies · 675+ views
    Excite News/AP ^ | 27 December 2005 | LARRY McSHANE
    NEW YORK (AP) - John Diebold, a business visionary who preached computerization during the era of Elvis and Eisenhower as the future of worldwide industry, has died at the age of 79. Diebold died of esophageal cancer Monday at his home in suburban Bedford Hills, said a nephew, John B. Diebold Although Diebold is now hailed as a prophet of the computerized future, his zeal for computers was not widely shared in the 1950s. After graduating from the Harvard Business School in 1951, he was hired by a New York management consulting firm and was fired three times for insisting...
  • Supermarkets Shift To Self Checkout Lanes

    06/06/2004 4:36:52 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 140 replies · 559+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 6/5/04 | AP/Ira Dreyfuss
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Supermarket checkout clerks are going the way of the bank teller - available if you want one, avoidable if you don't. Self-checkout machines, which let customers scan, bag and pay for their own groceries, offer shoppers a chance to avoid the lines at the checkout stands. "This is like an ATM for them. It's quicker and easier," said Jennifer Panetta, a spokeswoman for the six-state Harris Teeter chain, based in Matthews, N.C. "They are in pretty much all our stores." About one-quarter of grocery chains are trying them now, with some 34,000 machines in use in stores...
  • In Florida Groves, Cheap Labor Means Machines

    03/22/2004 2:34:04 AM PST · by sarcasm · 27 replies · 434+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 22, 2004 | EDUARDO PORTER
    MMOKALEE, Fla. — Chugging down a row of trees, the pair of canopy shakers in Paul Meador's orange grove here seem like a cross between a bulldozer and a hairbrush, their hungry steel bristles working through the tree crowns as if untangling colossal heads of hair.In under 15 minutes, the machines shake loose 36,000 pounds of oranges from 100 trees, catch the fruit and drop it into a large storage car. "This would have taken four pickers all day long," Mr. Meador said. Canopy shakers are still an unusual sight in Florida's orange groves. Most of the crop is harvested...
  • Robot builder could 'print' houses

    03/10/2004 1:45:12 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 71 replies · 333+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3/10/04 | Max Glaskin
    A robot for "printing" houses is to be trialled by the construction industry. It takes instructions directly from an architect's computerised drawings and then squirts successive layers of concrete on top of one other to build up vertical walls and domed roofs. The precision automaton could revolutionise building sites. It can work round the clock, in darkness and without tea breaks. It needs only power and a constant feed of semi-liquid construction material. The key to the technology is a computer-guided nozzle that deposits a line of wet concrete, like toothpaste being squeezed onto a table. Two trowels attached to...
  • Is it possible to create a political socioeconomic system in which nobody has to work?

    11/26/2002 6:27:01 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 129 replies · 494+ views
    Fantasy vanity | November 26, 2002 | Momaw Nadon
    I hate my job. I wish I could live a comfortable life without having to work. Can the best and brightest Freeper minds devise a way of life in which nobody has to work, yet we are all living comfortably? There could be a technological solution to this problem.What if we created intelligent robots to do our work for us, while we all relax and enjoy life? The pace of advances in computer technology is increasing and a solution to the problem of having to go to work may occur in this century. My hope is that we will all...
  • (West Coast )Dock Shutdown Might Impact Economy

    10/01/2002 9:38:22 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 50 replies · 410+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | Sep 30, 2002 | LEIGH STROPE Associated Press Writer
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The shutdown of West Coast docks, unless ended quickly, could empty shelves in stores and malls and quickly shutter factory production lines across the United States and in Mexico, economists say.</p> <p>Millions of dollars in cargo sat idle Monday as workers were ordered off their jobs at the 29 major Pacific ports for a second day. The labor dispute between shipping lines and longshoremen could cost the nation $1 billion a day.</p>
  • Fears for Jobs Could Bring Shutdown of West Coast Ports

    06/21/2002 1:26:55 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies · 533+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 19 | STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    June 21, 2002 ........ Fears for Jobs Could Bring Shutdown of West Coast PortsBy STEVEN GREENHOUSE ONG BEACH, Calif., June 19 — For decades, the West Coast longshoremen's union could boast that its members had some of the highest-paying blue-collar jobs in the nation. Workers who unload ships commonly earn more than $90,000 a year.But now the longshoremen fear that their jobs — and those of future generations of longshoremen — are under siege. Those fears could lead to a shutdown of all seaports from San Diego to Seattle on July 1, a move that could send shock waves...