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  • VW says robots to replace retiring boomers

    10/06/2014 11:26:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | Published: 06 Oct 2014 16:02 CET | (DPA/The Local)
    Volkswagen hopes to put more robots to work as it says goodbye to its retiring baby boomer employees, the company’s chief of human resources wrote in the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Monday. […] “In the German auto industry, labor costs are more than €40 per hour; eastern European labor costs €11; in China, it’s still than less than €10,” (Horst) Neumann wrote. “A current robotic replacement for assembly work currently costs around €5 an hour. Predictably, next-generation robotics will be even cheaper. We have to take make the most of this price advantage.” …
  • How Far Away Can Skynet Be?

    09/14/2014 4:55:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Remember the Terminator movies and the evil electronic overlords of Skynet – the computer system that became self-aware and launched the war against humans? We aren’t there…yet. But we are fast approaching the point where people simply aren’t necessary to conduct a significant amount of business and life. There won’t be a single day – a “Skynet Day” – we will point to when the low- and no-skilled workers became the Betamax of the workforce. It will happen gradually. But it will happen. And we’ll spend decades arguing over why. It didn’t start with the formation of unions. They were...
  • More And More Cows Are Giving Milk (To Robots)

    09/04/2014 9:59:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Vermont Public Radio ^ | September 4, 2014 | Charlotte Albright
    Next time you pour a nice cold glass of milk, you could have a robot to thank. That's because automated milking machines are showing up at more and more dairy farms in Vermont and New Hampshire. The technology is cutting down on labor costs, increasing yield and teaching farmers more about the health and productivity of their herds. Just ask Nate Tullar, of Orford, New Hampshire. Cows have been giving milk at his family’s farm, Tullando, since 1956. That’s when his grandparents started the dairy business, and they have often been open to innovation over the years. There are now...
  • (The Decline of Western Civilization) Robot Couch Can Drive You to the Fridge and Back

    09/07/2014 1:28:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    c/net ^ | September 5, 2014 | Lexy Savvides
    Robot Couch Can Drive You to the Fridge and Back With a Raspberry Pi and USB gamepad controller letting you run riot on your sofa, this student project is couched in innovation. Sometimes, getting up off the couch to grab a drink is far too time consuming. What if you could drive the couch to the fridge instead? Well, your dreams of an automated couch have come true. Nine engineering students at the University of New South Wales in Australia have designed a robotic couch that can be controlled using a standard USB gamepad. Featuring a custom-built steel chassis with...
  • Want robots at McDonald's? Hike minimum wage: Zell

    09/06/2014 7:19:39 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 103 replies
    CNBC ^ | 3 Sep 2014 | Matthew J. Belvedere
    Want robots at McDonald's? Hike minimum wage: Zell Matthew J. Belvedere | @Matt_Belvedere Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 Video Federal and state efforts to increase the minimum wage are misguided and pose serious risks to the economy and the job market, billionaire Sam Zell told CNBC on Wednesday. "The tinkering with the minimum wage is a very dangerous game," the chairman of Equity Group Investments said in a "Squawk Box" interview. "You start talking about a $13 or a $15 minimum wage, and you're going to have robots that are operating McDonald's."
  • 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...
  • Killer robots a small step away and must be outlawed, says top UN official

    08/29/2014 4:57:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08/28/2014 | Ben Farmer
    Killer robots programmed to open fire without human control are just a “small step” from the battlefield and military powers should agree to outlaw them, a top United Nations official has said. Angela Kane, the UN’s high representative for disarmament, said governments should be more open about programmes to develop the technology and she favoured a pre-emptive ban before it was too late. She said: “Any weapon of war is terrible, and if you can launch this without human intervention, I think it’s even worse. It compounds the problem and dehumanises it in a way. “It becomes a faceless war...
  • Humans need not apply.

    08/15/2014 6:46:59 PM PDT · by Twotone · 25 replies
    Wimp.com ^ | NA | NA
    Humans have spent centuries advancing technology to the point where some jobs have been completely taken over by less expensive robots. In the future, technology will take over more and more sectors until there's nothing left. What will humans do then?
  • From Bellhops to Burger Flippers, Robots Look to Steal Even More Jobs

    08/14/2014 7:32:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 08/14/2014 | BY ANDREW LUMBY
    Hotel rooms for the introverts among us are an anti-social haven. Nothing beats a hot shower, followed by settling into a freshly made bed in a terrycloth robe to watch mediocre television with a glass of wine. No one bothers you and for an exquisite moment in time, you have nary a care in the world. Then the realization hits. You’ve forgotten your toothbrush at home! You’re going to have to call the snooty concierge. You’re going to have to smile and tip and say thank you. You’ll have to deal with people. The chain of hotels has introduced the...
  • 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...
  • Welcome the Robots: American workers should not fear the rise of the robot

    08/03/2014 5:04:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 07/31/2014 | James Sherk
    Is the increasing automation of our economy a threat to American wages and jobs? Should the American worker fear the rise of the robots? No, not really. Eighty years ago, John Maynard Keynes warned that society faced “a new disease” of “technological unemployment” in which the “means of economizing the use of labor [were] outrunning the pace at which we can find new uses for labor.” Much more recently, Michael Strain of the American Enterprise Institute wrote about how “robot workers could tear America’s social fabric.” Strain worries that machines could eliminate the livelihoods of millions of less-skilled workers. These...
  • 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...
  • Professor: Robots Are the Future of Elder Care

    07/20/2014 7:34:41 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 20 July 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Newsmax Professor: Robots Are the Future of Elder Care Sunday, July 20, 2014 10:01 AM By: Sandy Fitzgerald Many older people need someone who is always there to help them with their everyday tasks, to listen to their stories, and to help them live independently — in other words, a robot caregiver, writes an associate professor of geriatrics in Sunday's New York Times. "That may sound like an oxymoron," writes the University of California's Louise Aronson in her opinion piece. "In an ideal world, it would be: Each of us would have at least one kind and fully capable human...
  • The Circle Is Complete - Robots To Write The Earnings "Reports" Read By Robots

    07/01/2014 10:29:02 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/01/14 | Tyler Durden
    Has Skynet become self-aware? It seems the 'robots' that run the US equity markets (HFT/algo trading dominates what little volume there is left) have decided to cut out the middle man in the market as Associated Press reports this morning that it will employ the story-writing software by start-up Automated Insights to automate the production of U.S. corporate earnings stories. To be frank, given the copy/paste nature of most mainstream media 'analysis' of earnings, we thought this had already occurred but AP notes, "We are going to use our brains and time in more enterprising ways during earnings season." Does...
  • MIT researchers develop 3D-printed robots that self-assemble when heated

    06/01/2014 10:42:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 06/01/2014 | By Loren Grush
    Want to build your very own robot? It turns out all you might need is a little heat. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed 3D-printed robots that can assemble themselves together after being exposed to heat. They demonstrated how these prototypes work in two new studies, to be presented at the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation held in Hong Kong next week. Using a type of polymer called polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, the research team led by Daniela Rus created two-dimensional sheets of the material and placed them between two rigid polyester films...
  • The Robots Are Coming, And They Are Replacing Warehouse Workers And Fast Food Employees

    05/25/2014 5:49:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    TEC ^ | 05/24/2014 | Michael Snyder
    There are already more than 101 million working age Americans that are not employed and 20 percent of the families in the entire country do not have a single member that has a job. So what in the world are we going to do when robots start taking millions upon millions more of our jobs? Thanks to technology, the balance of power between employers and workers in this country is shifting dramatically in favor of the employers. These days, many employers are wondering why they are dealing with so many human worker "headaches" when they can just use technology to...
  • Caption barry bowing to a robot

    04/24/2014 9:46:44 AM PDT · by Old Yeller · 36 replies
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  • Rise of the robots: Humans will compete with droids for jobs by 2040, study claims

    04/21/2014 6:35:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 21, 2014 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    By 2040, cabs will be driven by Google robots, shops will become showrooms for online outlets and call centres will be staffed by intelligent droids. That’s the scenario depicted in recent research which suggests robots could be taking over our lives and jobs in less than 30 years. The competition for work caused by a rise in the robots population will see us heading to surgeons for ‘additional processing power for our brains’, they claim. We may also be requesting bionic implants for our hands that will make us able to perform tasks as fast as any machine.
  • Bill Gates: People Don't Realize How Many Jobs Will Soon Be Replaced By Software Bots

    03/14/2014 11:30:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/14/2014 | Julie Bort
    Big changes are coming to the labor market that people and governments aren't prepared for, Bill Gates believes.Speaking at Washington, D.C., economic think tank The American Enterprise Institute on Thursday, Gates said that within 20 years, a lot of jobs will go away, replaced by software automation ("bots" in tech slang, though Gates used the term "software substitution").This is what he said:"Software substitution, whether it's for drivers or waiters or nurses … it's progressing. ...  Technology over time will reduce demand for jobs, particularly at the lower end of skill set. ...  20 years from now, labor demand for lots...
  • The 12 Jobs Most At Risk Of Being Replaced By Robots

    03/12/2014 1:57:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/12/2014 | Hayley Peterson
    Mobile robots and "smart" computers are threatening to replace up to half the U.S. workforce within the next decade or two, according to a Bloomberg report. The report cites an Oxford University study that identified more than 700 occupations at risk of computer automation. Here are the jobs that are most at risk, based on the study.
  • Drones will cause an upheaval of society like we haven’t seen in 700 years

    03/12/2014 6:30:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 89 replies
    Quartz ^ | March 11, 2014 | Noah Smith
    The human race is on the brink of momentous and dire change. It is a change that potentially smashes our institutions and warps our society beyond recognition. It is also a change to which almost no one is paying attention. I’m talking about the coming obsolescence of the gun-wielding human infantryman as a weapon of war. Or to put it another way: the end of the Age of the Gun. ........................................................... The human race is on the brink of momentous and dire change. It is a change that potentially smashes our institutions and warps our society beyond recognition. It is...
  • Charles Seife's Jihad Against Human Space Flight Defies Scientific Conclusions

    02/12/2014 4:57:29 AM PST · by Marcus · 9 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | February 12, 2014 | Mark R. Whittington
    Now that Robert Park is in the winter of his life and James Van Allen is dead, an unlikely person named Charles Seife, not a scientist but rather a professor of journalism, has taken up the banner of the jihad to destroy NASA's human spaceflight program. In an article in Slate and a later post on his personal blog, Professor Seife compared the space agency to a Panda, cute but in danger of extinction. The reason, he suggests, NASA's "fixation" on human space flight. Like Van Allen, Park, and a slew of politicians before him, Seife would see NASA's human...
  • US Army considers replacing thousands of troops with robots

    01/21/2014 12:56:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:14PM GMT 21 Jan 2014 | Ben Farmer
    The US Army is considering replacing thousands of soldiers with robots as it deals with sweeping troop cuts. A senior American officer has said he is considering shrinking the size of the Army’s brigade combat teams by a quarter and replacing the lost troops with robots and remote-controlled vehicles. The American military is still far from fielding armies of Terminator-type robotic killers, though. Ideas under discussion instead include proposals to see manned trucks and transporters replaced by supply trains of robot vehicles. Generals are studying proposals as the US Army is to slim down from 540,000 to about 490,000 soldiers...
  • Live Thread: Obama to Speak on State of the Sham Wow NSA Surveillance 11 A.M. EST 1/17/14

    01/17/2014 7:53:44 AM PST · by kristinn · 80 replies
    Friday, January 17, 2014 | Kristinn
    Obama to speak on the NSA surveillance scandal from the Justice Department around 11 a.m. EST today.C-SPAN's description:The President delivers remarks at the Department of Justice presenting the outcomes of the Administration's review of U.S. signals intelligence programs. He is expected to focus on steps that increase oversight and transparency while leaving the framework of the surveillance programs in place. In addition, according to officials, the President will turn to Congress for guidance regarding the future of NSA data collection. The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies recommended more than 40 suggested changes at the NSA in a...
  • The dawn of a REAL Robocop?

    12/18/2013 4:42:56 AM PST · by Renfield · 17 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12-1-2013
    A Silicon Valley startup is poised to replace the everyday security guard with high tech robots the company plans to introduce to the world on Thursday. The 300 pound R5 Autonomous Data Machine looks like a hybrid of R2-D2 and the robot from Lost in Space. More than just yelling ‘danger,’ manufacturer Knightscope hopes the machines will actually help predict crimes and even cut current rates in half. And its inventors say it was a recent school shooting that actually inspired them to create the R5....
  • Google Joins The Military-Industrial Complex (Robots and "BigDog" Zombie Drones)

    12/17/2013 3:57:39 AM PST · by lbryce · 3 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | December 14, 2013 | Johmn Herman
    Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, creator of the BigDog, CHEETAH, and PETMAN robots, according the the New York Times. The purchase is Google’s latest investment in advanced robotics — a new priority for the search company and one that it has recently added to its list of “moonshot” initiatives. Boston Dynamics represents a new type of acquisition for Google. It is best known for projects that were carried out under military contracts, such as the tottering BigDog robot, a demonstration of which went viral in BigDog’s development was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is part...
  • Robot hamburger factory makes 360 Gourmet Burgers every hour...

    12/11/2013 2:31:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    Next Big Future Blog ^ | December 5, 2013 | Brian Wang
    Momentum Machines robot enables a restaurant can offer gourmet quality burgers at fast food prices. It does everything employees can do except better: * it slices toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible. * their next revision will offer custom meat grinds for every single customer. Want a patty with 1/3 pork and 2/3 bison ground to order? No problem. * Also, our next revision will use gourmet cooking techniques never before used in a fast food restaurant, giving the patty the perfect char but keeping in...
  • Our Final Invention: How the Human Race Goes and Gets Itself Killed

    12/09/2013 1:02:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    RealClearTechnology ^ | December 6, 2013 | Adam Gaffney
    We worry about robots. Hardly a day goes by where we're not reminded about how robots are taking our jobs and hollowing out the middle class. The worry is so acute that economists are busy devising new social contracts to cope with a potentially enormous class of obsolete humans. Documentarian James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era, is worried about robots too. Only he's not worried about them taking our jobs. He's worried about them exterminating the human race. I'll repeat that: In 267 brisk pages, Barrat lays out just how...
  • 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...
  • This Massive Robot Could Soon Join Marines on the Battlefield

    11/24/2013 7:22:48 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 65 replies
    Defense One ^ | November 21, 2013 | Alexis Madrigal
    The future doesn't always arrive with a gasp and a boom like Skynet inTerminator. No, sometimes it's more like Office Space. At least that's the idea I get watching this video of the Marines' testing the Legged Squad Support System. DARPA built the LS3 to act as an autonomous pack horse that "can carry 400 lbs of a squad’s load, follow squad members through rugged terrain and interact with troops in a natural way, similar to a trained animal and its handler." And yet, in the hands of real Marines, it sounds like they're testing a new network printer out,...
  • Oxford Professors: Robots And Computers Could Take Half Our Jobs Within The Next 20 Years

    09/30/2013 12:37:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    TEC ^ | 09/30/2013 | Michael Snyder
    <p>What are human workers going to do when super-intelligent robots and computers are better than us at doing everything? That is one of the questions that a new study by Dr. Carl Frey and Dr. Michael Osborne of Oxford University sought to address, and what they concluded was that 47 percent of all U.S. jobs could be automated within the next 20 years. Considering the fact that the percentage of the U.S. population that is employed is already far lower than it was a decade ago, it is frightening to think that tens of millions more jobs could disappear due to technological advances over the next couple of decades. I have written extensively about how we are already losing millions of jobs to super cheap labor on the other side of the globe. What are middle class families going to do as technology also takes away huge numbers of our jobs at an ever increasing pace? We live during a period of history when knowledge is increasing an an exponential rate. In the past, when human workers were displaced by technology it also created new kinds of jobs that the world had never seen before. But what happens when the day arrives when computers and robots can do almost everything more cheaply and more efficiently than humans can?</p>
  • 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...
  • Report Suggests Nearly Half of U.S. Jobs Are Vulnerable to Computerization

    09/13/2013 5:47:12 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 52 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | Sept 12, 2013 | Aviva Hope Rutkin
    Rapid advances in technology have long represented a serious potential threat to many jobs ordinarily performed by people. A recent report (which is not online, but summarized here) from the Oxford Martin School’s Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology attempts to quantify the extent of that threat. It concludes that 45 percent of American jobs are at high risk of being taken by computers within the next two decades. The authors believe this takeover will happen in two stages. First, computers will start replacing people in especially vulnerable fields like transportation/logistics, production labor, and administrative support. Jobs in services,...
  • Hawking: Killer robots and crippling cyber attacks: How the world is going to end

    09/12/2013 5:12:15 PM PDT · by Dysart · 51 replies
    Nick Mcdermott ^ | 9-12-2013 | Nick McDermott
    They are an improbable group of superheroes. But some of Britain's greatest minds have got together to focus their powers on saving humanity from itself. Led by the Astronomer Royal and Cambridge don Martin Rees, famous thinkers such as physicist Stephen Hawking and former Government chief scientist Robert May have formed a society to draw up a doomsday list of risks that could wipe out mankind. From crippling cyber-attacks by terrorists using the internet to cause havoc, to the release of engineered diseases and killer computers, they warn the future is far from rosy.But the work being done by the...
  • Welfare next for illegal immigrant farm laborers being replaced by crop robots?

    09/06/2013 11:41:34 AM PDT · by usalady · 16 replies
    Examiner ^ | September 6, 2013 | Martha
    Is the debate about giving citizenships to millions of illegal immigrants becoming irrelevant as technology begins to replace the need for today’s human labor required in planting and picking field crops?
  • Eight Types Of Food You Love, Now Made By Robots

    08/21/2013 10:02:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Motherboard Blog ^ | July 2, 2012 | Michelle Lhooq
    By now, you’ve definitely heard about the Burrit0bot — pretty much the most awesome 3D printer in the world. It lets you make burritos … with your iPhone. (If you hadn’t heard about this till now, go ahead and collect your brain pieces from the floor.) Burrit0bot is, very sadly, still a prototype designed by an NYU grad student named Marko Manriquez for his thesis project. Meaning that it hasn’t been made yet. So — to appease your disappointment — we decided to round up all of the grub that already can be made by robots. To follow, your futuristic...
  • Robots to Revolutionize Farming and Ease Labor Woes (Will this solve illegal immigration problem?)

    07/31/2013 7:20:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    TIME ^ | 07/31/2013 | Gosia Wozniacka and Terence Chea
    SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — On a windy morning in California’s Salinas Valley, a tractor pulled a wheeled, metal contraption over rows of budding iceberg lettuce plants. Engineers from Silicon Valley tinkered with the software on a laptop to ensure the machine was eliminating the right leafy buds. The engineers were testing the Lettuce Bot, a machine that can “thin” a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the job by hand. The thinner is part of a new generation of machines that target the last frontier of agricultural mechanization – fruits and vegetables destined...
  • 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...
  • Carl the robot bartender

    07/29/2013 1:47:02 PM PDT · by Dogfaced Soldier · 14 replies
    UK Mail Online ^ | 07/27/2013 | Unknown
    He's handy with a shot glass and customers travel from far and wide to admire him at work. The only strange thing about Carl the bartender is that he's not quite human.
  • Fewer Full-Time Jobs: More Class Warfare A'Comin'

    07/28/2013 6:46:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    A Gallup Poll on US Payroll Employment for Age Group 18 to 29 shows Fewer Young Adults Holding Full-Time Jobs in 2013. Fewer Americans aged 18 to 29 worked full time for an employer in June 2013 (43.6%) than did so in June 2012 (47.0%), according to Gallup's Payroll to Population employment rate. The P2P rate for young adults is also down from 45.8% in June 2011 and 46.3% in June 2010. Younger Americans Less Likely to Have Full-Time Work Now, Regardless of Education Older Americans More Likely to Hold Full-Time Jobs Now Than a Year Ago The lack of...
  • For the Last Time, Robots Do NOT Cause Unemployment

    07/16/2013 7:11:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    RCM ^ | 07/16/2013 | Scott Winship
    Parts of the nation's commentariat have been seized, in recent months, with a nasty bout of technophobia. Technophobia is a psychological condition, but infectious. Hardly a week goes by without a new outbreak documented in another blog post or business column. To judge from the symptomatic hand-wringing the epidemic is spreading, we are on the verge of mass unemployment as work becomes increasingly automated. Technophobia is an affliction we have yet to cure even after decades of evidence-based ameliorative efforts. We might not have expected much resistance to the disease in earlier times, before evidence accumulated that the fears it...
  • UN report wants to terminate killer robots, opposes life-or-death powers over humans

    05/05/2013 6:25:53 PM PDT · by Altariel · 16 replies
    Macleans ^ | May 2, 2013 | The Canadian Press
    Killer robots that can attack targets without any human input “should not have the power of life and death over human beings,” a new draft U.N. report says. The report for the U.N. Human Rights Commission posted online this week deals with legal and philosophical issues involved in giving robots lethal powers over humans, echoing countless science-fiction novels and films. The debate dates to author Isaac Asimov’s first rule for robots in the 1942 story “Runaround:” ”A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.” Report author Christof Heyns, a...
  • Campaigners Call For Ban on "Killer Robots"

    04/28/2013 4:06:39 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Tue, Apr 23, 2013 | Li-mei Hoang
    Campaigners call for ban on "killer robots" LONDON (Reuters) - Machines with the ability to attack targets without any human intervention must be banned before they are developed for use on the battlefield, campaigners against "killer robots" urged on Tuesday. The weapons, which could be ready for use within the next 20 years, would breach a moral and ethical boundary that should never be crossed, said Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, of the "Campaign To Stop Killer Robots". "If war is reduced to weapons attacking without human beings in control, it is going to be civilians who are going to bear...
  • 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...
  • The Robot Reality: Service Jobs Are Next to Go

    03/26/2013 5:29:13 PM PDT · by Reeses · 18 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 | Blaire Briody
    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.
  • (Operation Acoustic Kitty) The CIA's Secret Experiments to Turn Cats into Spies

    03/13/2013 6:22:13 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    IO9 ^ | March 13, 2013 | Annalee Newitz
    The CIA's secret experiments to turn cats into spies Want to know what's going to happen to animals in the next century? Then you must read science journalist Emily Anthes' new book Frankenstein's Cat, about how the animals of tomorrow will be transformed by high tech implants and genetic engineering. We've got an amazing excerpt from the book -- about how the CIA tried to create cyborg cat spies. "Robo Revolution," an excerpt from Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts, by Emily Anthes In the 1960s, the Central Intelligence Agency recruited an unusual field agent: a cat....
  • Explosive power makes silicone robot jump

    02/11/2013 9:12:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Nature News ^ | 08 February 2013 | Katharine Sanderson
    Simple chemical reaction powers robot to make lofty leaps. Kaboom! Controlled explosions in the legs of this silicone 'soft robot' make it leap higher than 30 times its own height. Researchers led by George Whitesides, a chemist at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have engineered a three-legged silicone device that is powered by combustion — previously used only in hard systems such as diesel engines. The soft robot has in each of its legs a channel with a soft valve at the end. Methane and oxygen gases are fed into this channel in a ratio of one part methane to...
  • Robots Are Good - Productivity and efficiency bring prosperity

    02/11/2013 9:38:13 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 38 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/9/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    Typing on computers that have replaced typewriters, which previously replaced ink-pen and paper, some reporters write about the concern that increased productivity is leading to irreversible job losses for workers. "Some experts now believe that computers and robots will take over much of the work performed by humans, raising critical concerns about the future of jobs," wrote business and economics columnist Rick Haglund in MLive. Haglund’s piece came after a recent Associated Press article, “Recession, tech killing middle-class jobs” that also questioned advances in technology. "For decades, science fiction warned of a future when we would be architects of our...
  • Watch An All-Robot Band Rock Out To "Ace of Spades"

    01/06/2013 12:45:38 PM PST · by zeestephen · 19 replies
    now.msn.com ^ | 06 January 2013
    "Compressorhead" rehearsing for an upcoming gig at The Big Day Out Festival - Drummer has four arms