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  • Wendy’s Eyeing Self-Service Kiosks In Effort To Cut Labor Costs

    06/18/2016 7:04:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    The fast-food chain has plans to replace some workers with the touch-screen technology in an effort to save on labor costs. By the end of the year, thousands of Wendy’s locations across the country will be offered the kiosks, while franchise-operated stores will have the option of whether to use the technology. ... This year, minimum-wage rose to $10 an hour in California and will gradually rise to $15. Wendy’s president and chief financial officer, told Investor’s Business Daily that labor costs have gone to five to six percent in the past year. ... On social media, there were mixed...
  • Wendy’s to make huge move thanks to minimum wage hike… move over humans

    05/21/2016 6:51:49 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 52 replies
    bizpacreview. ^ | May 12, 2016 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Beware the $15 minimum wage for menial labor — it’ll eventually come back to bite you in the hindquarters. As wages for fast-food workers continue to spiral upwards, hamburger chain Wendy’s is fast-replacing human workers with automation. The company announced this week that by the second half of the year, ordering will be available through the use of self-service kiosks throughout its entire 6,000 locations, according to Investors Business Daily. It will be up to each franchisee whether to use the new technology or to stick with the old system. Wendy’s President Todd Penegor observed that some locations have already...
  • Wendy’s moves to self-service ordering as minimum wage rises

    05/12/2016 12:07:32 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 150 replies
    HotAir ^ | May 12, 2016 | John Sexton
    Investor’s Business Daily reported Wednesday that fast food chain Wendy’s will be expanding the use of self-service kiosks in response to the rising minimum wage: Wendy’s said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up wages. It will be up to franchisees whether to deploy the labor-saving technology, but Wendy’s President Todd Penegor did note that some franchise locations have been raising prices to offset wage hikes Other fast food chains are also experimenting with self-service kiosks. McDonalds...
  • Automating Ourselves To Unemployment: How shortsighted policies are creating a long-term crisis

    04/28/2016 2:51:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Peak Prosperity ^ | 04/28/2016 | Adam Taggart
    Students of Austrian business cycle theory are familiar with the term malinvestment. A malinvestment is any poor use of resources or capital, commonly made in response to bad policy (usually artificially low interest rates and/or unsustainable increases in the monetary supply). The dot-com bubble that popped in 2001? The housing bubble that similarly burst in 2008? Those were classic examples of malinvestment.With this article, I'd like to introduce a related term: malincentive. While not part of the official economic lexicon, I consider a 'malincentive' a useful word to describe any promise of short-term gain whose long-term costs outweigh any...
  • Picture: Hardee’s Restaurant Installs “Self Order Stations”

    04/21/2016 6:16:47 AM PDT · by xzins · 159 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 20 Apr 16 | Andrew Mark Miller
    A little while back we told you about how the CEO of Hardees/Carl’s Jr. was thinking about replacing employees with machines thanks to the ridiculous minimum wage hike to $15.Well, it appears he has done it.It was only a matter of time before this started to happen and you can expect to see more of this in the future.
  • Cruz pushes mechanization as farm alternative to illegal labor

    03/30/2016 8:39:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Agri-Pulse ^ | March 30, 2016 | Philip Brasher
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is suggesting that mechanization is the answer to the labor needs of farmers who lose their access to illegal immigrants. During a CNN town hall Tuesday night, a Wisconsin dairy farmer told the GOP presidential candidate that his industry can't find enough American-born workers and that the only people “willing to do this hard work are Latino immigrants.” Join Farm Bureau and make YOUR VOICE stand out. Cruz didn't answer the question as it pertained to dairy producers specifically but instead responded by citing a Wall Street Journal article about an Arizona pepper grower who was...
  • Why Restaurant Automation Is on the Menu

    03/25/2016 11:17:04 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 71 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | March 24, 2016 | Andy Puzder
    Consumer preferences, reduced technology costs and government policies that increase labor costs are driving a trend toward automation in the restaurant business. If you make something more convenient and less expensive, it tends to catch on. As recently as the 1960s, gas-station employees would rush to fill your car’s tank, wash the windows, check the oil and put air in the tires. Telephone operators made your long-distance calls and bank tellers cashed your checks. Those jobs now are either gone or greatly diminished. Today, we reduce jobs whenever we shop on Amazon instead of our local retail outlet, use an...
  • Nearly Half Of US Jobs Could Be Replaced By Machines

    03/23/2016 4:56:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Manufacturing Net ^ | March 15, 2016 | Katie Mohr, associate editor
    A recent study by the Oxford Martin School and Citi, with OECD data from the World Bank, found that an average of 57 percent of workers around the world are at risk of being replaced by automation. The study's authors do recognize, however, that not all of these jobs will be automated. They explain that "a job is considered to be 'exposed to automation' or 'automatable' if the tasks it entails allows the work to be performed by a computer, even if a job is not actually automated." The jobs in question are mainly low-skilled positions, including jobs in transportation...
  • Carl’s Jr. CEO looks to automation as minimum wage hikes drive up labor costs

    03/18/2016 9:31:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/18/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    We recently looked at how the “Fight for 15” had impacted employment in Seattle, with job numbers inside the affected zone plummeting as hiring spiked in the suburbs where wages and associated labor costs remained at relatively normal levels. So what can the employers who are hit with these higher costs do when their prices are driven to above competitive levels? One unfortunate but completely predictable choice for lower skill positions is to replace them with high tech, automated options. That’s the path that Andy Puzder, CEO of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, is considering after a recent visit to...
  • A lot of people who make over $350,000 are about to get replaced by software

    03/17/2016 9:30:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/17/2016 | Drake Baer, Tech Insider
    Artificial intelligence is poised to automate lots of service jobs. The White House has estimated there's an 83% chance that someone making less than $20 a hour will eventually lose their job to a computer. That means gigs like customer-service rep could soon be extinct. But it's not just low-paying positions that will get replaced. AI also could cause high-earning (like top 5% of American salaries) jobs to disappear. Fast. That's the theme of New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper's new feature, "The Robots Are Coming for Wall Street." The piece is framed around Daniel Nadler, the founder of Kensho,...
  • Hey Bernie, the Robots Are Coming

    02/22/2016 2:44:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2016 | Tom Purcell
    Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders thinks he can wave a magic government wand, impose lots of new taxes and government programs and make the world grand. Reality has another notion. Take the minimum wage. Bernie says he'll raise it to $15 an hour, more than doubling it. If I worked at a fast-food restaurant for minimum wage, Bernie would get my vote. But the problem is, I'd likely never see $15 an hour as a fast-food employee because my entry-level job might be taken over by a robot. According to the Brisbane Times, robots are expected to replace half of...
  • Driverless cars work great in sunny California. But how about in a blizzard?

    01/28/2016 12:26:21 PM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 28, 2016 | Brian Fung
    As cities along the east coast finally finish digging their way out of last weekend's historic snowstorm, drivers braving the streets have to contend with icy conditions, snowbanks along the curb and other hazards they would probably rather avoid if they could help it. Enter the self-driving car, which someday may alleviate that anxiety. But although the technology appears to work well in dry, sunny weather, those are just the best-case scenarios. The real test for autonomous vehicles will be when the roads are wet or even icy and invisible to the computerized eye. What then?
  • The New Technocracy is Nearly Upon us...We Need to Chat

    01/03/2016 1:42:36 AM PST · by BRK · 27 replies
    The Mind of BRK | 3 Jan 2015 | BRK
    Well 2016 has rolled around and one of the first articles I saw was about George Hotz and his home-brew self driving car. He is claiming that his car is not programmed by rules to drive, but rather was taught to drive by watching him drive. If this is true, then we need to chat. First, every Freeper should read this article in it's entirety. http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2015-george-hotz-self-driving-car/ Second, we really need to think about what this will mean to us in a future that is coming a lot faster than any of you all might think. What will it mean when...
  • Robot Farmers of the Future Might Grow 10 Million Heads of Lettuce a Year

    10/12/2015 6:40:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Take Part ^ | October 9, 2015 | Liz Dwyer
    From the army of machines that work in Amazon warehouses to automatons that milk cows, the job-taking robots of the future are among us. Now the lettuce in your salad of the future might be grown by robots too. Oh, by “future,” we mean 2017. That’s the hope of Spread, a company in Kyoto, Japan, that plans to begin constructing the world’s first large-scale lettuce factory next spring. Once it’s fully operational, the entire process of growing a head of lettuce—from seeding to harvest—will be automated and run by robots. The efficiency of machines will enable the factory to produce...
  • 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
    Foxnews.com ^ | 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) (www.autoretail.com), 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...