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  • Dear Uber, et al. Vehicles need human drivers

    03/20/2018 10:51:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 159 replies
    Hot ^ | March 20, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    John covered this story last night, but the death of a pedestrian struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle in Arizona should have ramifications for the entire idea of autonomous vehicles. (Something I’ve been concerned about for a couple of years now.) After covering the initial reports from the accident, John concluded with the following observations and questions. There will be an investigation of this accident as well, but my first thought is to wonder why the human ‘backup driver’ didn’t stop the car and prevent this. Reliable self-driving cars and trucks may still be a couple years away but it’s...
  • Will Automation Kill Our jobs? (Or are they creating jobs faster than they are destroying them?)

    02/20/2018 9:53:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 02/20/2018 | Walter Williams
    A recent article in The Guardian dons the foreboding title "Robots will destroy our jobs and we're not ready for it." The article claims, "For every job created by robotic automation, several more will be eliminated entirely. ... This disruption will have a devastating impact on our workforce." According to an article in MIT Technology Review, business researchers Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee believe that rapid technological change has been destroying jobs faster than it is creating them, contributing to the stagnation of median income and the growth of inequality in the United States. If technology is destroying jobs...
  • Amazon Go, a high-tech version of a 7-Eleven, with no checkout lines and no cashiers

    01/22/2018 7:01:51 AM PST · by ak267 · 24 replies
    recode ^ | 1-22-18 | Jason Del Ray
    Amazon Go allows customers to grab items and just walk out without stopping to pay. =============================================== Amazons store of the future has been five years in the making. But the unveiling is just about here. Amazon Go, the companys first brick-and-mortar convenience store, will open to the public on Monday on the ground floor of Amazons new headquarters on Seventh Avenue in Seattle. Though the unveiling will take place about a year later than the company originally planned, it will still be met with great intrigue because of the stores unique technology that Amazon believes can make checkout lines a...
  • Self-driving robots will keep Walmart store floors squeaky-clean

    11/27/2017 7:28:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | November 22, 2017 | Lulu Chang
    Cleaning the floors at Walmart isnt exactly an enviable job and now its one humans no longer have to do. As originally reported by LinkedIn, the retail giant is currently applying some high-tech to a generally low-paying task. Walmart now has self-driving machines of its own, but you wont see any of them on highways. Rather, these bristle-wielding devices designed by Brain Corp. are autonomously rolling themselves around Walmart stores, cleaning up after customers and employees. The autonomous floor cleaner is currently being tested in five stores in the vicinity of company headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. With its sensors,...
  • Robots once thought to be a killer of e-commerce jobs may actually be saving them

    11/25/2017 8:52:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | November 10, 2017
    When the robots came to online retailer Boxed, dread came, too: The familiar fear that the machines would take over, leaving a trail of unemployed humans in their wake. "I had a lot of people asking me, 'What is going to happen to us?'" says Veronica Mena, a trainer for the e-commerce startup, recalling the anxiety that rippled through her co-workers after company executives announced plans to open an automated warehouse in nearby Union, N. J. Yet their fears didn't come to pass. When the new warehouse opened this spring, workers found that their jobs were less physically demanding than...
  • What Does Tesla's Automated Truck Mean for Truckers?

    11/25/2017 8:27:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Wired | November 17, 2017 | Aarian Marshal
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  • 'We are totally unprepared': Hillary Clinton issues stern warning on artificial intelligence

    11/22/2017 12:40:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 22, 2017 | Staff
    Hillary Clinton spoke about the dangers of artificial intelligence in a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday. The failed presidential candidate was on Hewitt's show to promote her book, but the conversation steered towards recent advances in technology. Something that concerns Clinton is the potential for our society to become inundated with artificial intelligence - computers that mimic the human brain to complete tasks for us - such as home office assistants or even robot drones. Clinton says that AI can be a good thing, but she's worried that our society is rushing into a brave new world without...
  • 21 weird tech job titles of the future

    11/20/2017 2:22:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Tech Republic ^ | November 20, 2017 | Alison DeNisco Rayome
    While many human workers fear that they will ultimately be replaced by artificial intelligence (AI), it's more likely that our current workforce will shift into new types of roles for people, according to a new report from professional services company Cognizant. "In the future, work will change but won't go away," the report stated. "Work will continue to be core to our identities, our nature, our dreams and our realities. But it won't necessarily be the work we know or do now." Work has always changed as technology advances, the report noted, with positions such as switchboard operators, lamplighters, and...
  • A trucking business sans the human touch

    11/17/2017 11:53:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Gulf News ^ | November 17, 2017 | Conor Dougherty
    Waymo Trucks will someday drive themselves out of warehouses and cruise down freeways without the aid of humans or even a drivers cab about that there seems little disagreement. The question is how soon that day gets here. And while the answers vary technologists, not surprisingly, are more bullish than truckers billions of dollars and a growing parade of companies, from tiny start-ups to the biggest trucking operations, are betting it will be here sooner than most people think. This year, companies and investors are on pace to put just over $1 billion into self-driving and other...
  • The Farms of the Future Will Be Automated From Seed to Harvest

    11/10/2017 10:30:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | October 30, 2017 | Peter Rejcek
    Swarms of drones buzz overhead, while robotic vehicles crawl across the landscape. Orbiting satellites snap high-resolution images of the scene far below. Not one human being can be seen in the pre-dawn glow spreading across the land. This isnt some post-apocalyptic vision of the future la The Terminator. This is a snapshot of the farm of the future. Every phase of the operationfrom seed to harvestmay someday be automated, without the need to ever get ones fingernails dirty. In fact, its science fiction already being engineered into reality. Today, robots empowered with artificial intelligence can zap weeds with preternatural...
  • Robot Farm: How farms are planting the seeds of technological progress

    11/03/2017 6:04:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    WAOW-TV ^ | November 3, 2017
    Agriculture is big business in Indiana. The US Census Bureau places the Hoosier State firmly in the top ten farming states with 11.2 billion dollars in annual sales. Farmers, faced with a labor shortage and declining profit, are quickly adopting robotic technology to ensure their family businesses stay afloat. These farms, like Superior Dairy in Garrett, are not your fathers farms. Not Your Fathers Farm Step onto the lot of Superior Dairy in Garrett, and the smell hits you right away. Its not foul, not like a hog farm. Instead, its earthy, with notes of hay, mud and hints of...
  • Hillary Clinton would be president if there were fewer robots in the workplace, study says

    10/30/2017 11:20:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    CNBC ^ | October 30, 2017 | Ryan Browne
    President Donald Trump might not have made it to the White House if the number of robots in the labor market wasn't as high, according to researchers. A study by three Oxford University academics found that workers exposed to automation were more likely to vote for Trump than for than his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. "Automation has always been an engine of prosperity," Professor Carl Frey said in a statement Monday. "But it can take a long time for the benefits to show, and workers who are not able to find better paid jobs are more likely to be hostile...
  • Lexus says its new luxury barge will drive itself by 2020

    10/29/2017 5:34:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Verge ^ | October 25, 2017 | Andrew J. Hawkins
    Lexus is the latest automaker to leap into the fray of highly automated driving, announcing that its Highway Teammate advanced driver assist system (ADAS) will be available in 2020. The system, which offers automated driving from entrance ramp to exit ramp on motor-vehicle-only roadways, is featured as part of the sleek, glowing LS+ concept that Lexus is showing off at the Tokyo auto show this week. Highway Teammate will enable automated merging, lane changes and diverging, as well as keep a vehicle in its lane and maintain vehicle-to-vehicle distance, the Toyota-owned brand states. But as far as the types of...
  • Why the explosive growth of e-commerce could mean more jobs

    10/25/2017 7:34:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The South Florida Times ^ | October 24, 2017 | Christopher Rugaber, Economics Writer, The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) When the robots came to online retailer Boxed, dread came, too: The familiar fear that the machines would take over, leaving a trail of unemployed humans in their wake. I had a lot of people asking me, `What is going to happen to us? says Veronica Mena, a trainer for the e-commerce startup, recalling the anxiety that rippled through her co-workers after company executives announced plans to open an automated warehouse in nearby Union, New Jersey. Yet their fears didnt come to pass. When the new warehouse opened this spring, workers found that their jobs were less...
  • The 6 most in-demand AI jobs, and how to get them

    10/25/2017 6:19:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    TechRepublic ^ | October 24, 2017 | Olivia Krauth
    Robots may be coming for some jobs, but they will likely create new roles as well. Here are some spots humans are needed to fill and how to get them. It has become common to joke about how robots are going to take our jobs, and rightfully so: Oxford University researchers estimate that 47% of all current US employment is at high risk to become automated over the next decade or so. But there is positive news: Of the 1.8 million jobs AI will get rid of, the emerging field will create 2.3 million by 2020, according to a recent...
  • AI will create 800,000 jobs and $1.1 trillion revenue by 2021: Salesforce

    10/24/2017 2:07:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    ZDNet ^ | July 15, 2017 | Tas Bindi
    Contrary to the bleak picture painted by critics, a new IDC study of more than 1,000 organisations worldwide shows that AI will be in the workplace "sooner than we think", and will have a positive impact on productivity, revenues, and job creation. From 2017 to 2021, the Salesforce-sponsored study predicts that AI-powered CRM activities will boost business revenue by $1.1 trillion, and create more than 800,000 direct jobs and 2 million indirect jobs globally, surpassing those lost to AI-driven automation. The business revenue boost will be led primarily by increased productivity and lowered expenses due to automation, which account for...
  • Rolls-Royce And Google Partner To Create Smarter, Autonomous Ships Based On AI And Machine Learning

    10/23/2017 6:20:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 23, 2017 | Bernard Marr
    A new partnership between Rolls-Royce and Google will see ships become smarter and self-learning thanks to advanced machine learning algorithms. It will also bring the companys vision of a fully autonomous ship setting sail by 2020 a step closer to reality. Rolls Royce announced this month that it will use Googles Cloud Machine Learning Engine across a range of applications, designed to both make todays ships safer and more efficient, and to launch the ships of tomorrow. Initially the machine learning engine will be used to further train existing AI algorithms designed to power the image recognition systems of vessels....
  • Bastian Solutions Investing $8M In Fifth Indiana Facility (Toyota-owned co. 87 "high paying" jobs)

    10/17/2017 1:30:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Business Facilities ^ | October 16, 2017
    Bastian Solutions will build a new manufacturing center in Westfield, IN, creating up to 87 new, high-wage jobs by 2020. The global systems integrator and consulting firm was recently acquired by Toyota Advanced Logistics, a subsidiary of Japan-based Toyota Industries Corporation. Toyota Advanced Logistics and Bastian Solutions are honored to join the Westfield community, and we look forward to building a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that will not only provide jobs but also become a catalyst for the local economy, said Michael Romano, president of Toyota Advanced Logistics. Toyota has a long history in Indiana, and we hope to utilize that...
  • How E-Commerce Can Actually Create More, Better-Paying Jobs and Boosts Productivity

    10/09/2017 9:47:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Equities ^ | October 9, 2017 | Guild Investment Management
    After strong stock-market performance in the year to date, several big U.S. tech firms have begun to receive some negative attention from the public, as well as from regulators and politicians. Alphabet (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) have gotten the most scrutiny, with European regulators leveling accusations of unfair search advantages against GOOG, and U.S. lawmakers drawing FB into the controversy surrounding alleged Russian efforts to influence the outcome of last years election. Amazon (AMZN) has not been above the fray. The companys recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market led to a few muted pieces of press coverage that mentioned antitrust,...
  • Agri. Robots Market: Future Forecast Assessed on the Basis of How the Market Is Predicted to Grow

    10/08/2017 9:03:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | October 6, 2017
    Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/06/2017 -- The global agriculture robots market features a widely diverse competitive landscape characterized by region-wise dominance of prominent players, notes Transparency Market Research (TMR). For instance, the agriculture robots market in North America was dominated Harvest Automation, Inc., Clearpath Robotics, and PrecisionHawk, Inc., in 2015, while in the same year, Naio Technologies and SenseFly SA led the Europe market. In addition, Shibuya Seiki was one of the leading players in the Asia Pacific market for agriculture robots in 2015. Furthermore, driven by abundant lucrative avenues, the market is witnessing a constant influx of emerging...