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  • Dear Striking Fast-Food Workers: Meet The Machine That Just Put You Out Of A Job

    11/10/2015 9:05:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/10/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Today, U.S. fast-food workers will strike across 270 cities in a protest for higher wages and union rights that they hope will catch the attention of candidates in 2016 elections, organizers said. The walkouts will be followed by protests in 500 cities by low-wage workers in such sectors as fast food and home and child care, a statement by organizers of the Fight for $15 campaign said on Monday. The protests and strikes are aimed at gaining candidates’ support heading into the 2016 election for a minimum wage of $15 an hour and union rights, it said. The strikes...
  • Should you have sex with robots? Experts weigh in

    11/04/2015 12:39:29 PM PST · by detective · 72 replies
    CNBC ^ | Arjun Kharpal
    Should we be having sex with robots? It's a question that has sparked fierce debate among moralists and the robotics industry. And it turns out, they're all split on what role machines should play in future relationships.
  • Should you have sex with robots? Experts weigh in

    11/04/2015 10:42:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 97 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 4, 2015 | Arjun Kharpal
    Should we be having sex with robots? It's a question that has sparked fierce debate among moralists and the robotics industry. And it turns out, they're all split on what role machines should play in future relationships. During a discussion at the Web Summit technology conference in Dublin on Wednesday, experts warned about the dangers of getting intimate with robots.
  • Academic conference on 'Love and Sex with Robots' abruptly cancelled after being declared illegal

    10/21/2015 9:42:52 AM PDT · by 100American · 42 replies
    http://www.techrepublic.com/ ^ | October 21, 2015, 7:40 AM PST | Hope Reese
    The idea for the conference was sparked when Cheok and Levy, two academics interested in robotics, met several years ago and realized they had goals in common. Levy, author of Love and Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships, focuses on the brain, the software side, and the algorithms of humanoid robots. Cheok researches the hardware side from an engineering view, looking at multi-modal interfaces including communication by touch, taste, and smell. These areas of study, Cheok said, will be important in the future of robots. "A lot of the technology that's incubating in my lab will be integrated...
  • Self repairing city: Robots and drones made in Leeds to repair potholes and street lights

    10/17/2015 8:42:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/ ^ | 10/16/2015 | unknown
    SCIENTISTS at Leeds University are to create new robots and drones to help fix street lights and potholes as part of an ambitious plan to create “self-repairing cities.” Academics are leading a pioneering Ł4.2m national research project to develop small robots which can identify problems with utility pipes, street lights and roads and fix them.
  • By 2050, human-on-robot sex will be more common than human-on-human sex, says report

    09/29/2015 6:00:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 113 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | September 29, 2015 | Helena Horton
    Can you imagine having sex with a humanoid robot? Apparently, this will be the norm in a few short decades. Futurologist Dr Ian Pearson has released a report in which he predicts the future of sex. He released the report in partnership with Bondara, one of the UK's leading sex toy shops. Dr. Pearson makes the point that robotic sex toys - vibrators - have been in use for around a century, and that virtual reality porn is about to become mainstream.
  • Hillary Supporters All Have Suspiciously Identical Feelings About Meet the Press Interview

    09/28/2015 11:11:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 9/28/15 | Alex Griswold
    In a massive coincidence, every single Hillary Clinton staffer and surrogate who watched the Democratic presidential candidate’s Meet the Press interview had the exact same thoughts, sometimes using identical language.... Now at first, it may appear that these responses were all coordinated in some fashion. However, it would be against the law for campaign officials to coordinate with a pro-Clinton Super PAC director like Brad Woodhouse. So clearly it’s a coincidence that his tweet was identical to Clinton staffer Karen Finney’s.
  • Marines test Google's latest military robot

    09/21/2015 5:46:53 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    PC World ^ | 09/21/15 | Martyn Williams
    Spot is electrically operated and walks on four hydraulically actuated legs The latest version of a walking, quadruped battlefield robot from Boston Dynamics, the military robotics maker owned by Google X, was tested by U.S. Marines last week. Spot weighs about 70kgs, is electrically operated and walks on four hydraulically-actuated legs. It's controlled via wireless by an operator who can be up to 500 meters away. It underwent trials and testing at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia as part of evaluations by the Marines on future military uses of robotic technology. In a series of missions, it was evaluated...
  • Volvo to build bin collecting robots

    09/17/2015 11:58:12 PM PDT · by Vision Thing · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 17 Sep 2015 | Ian Douglas
    Volvo has a vision about rubbish. They want to replace bin collectors with autonomous robots, and they want to do it by summer 2016. (snip) The drones will accompany a dustcart, itself developed by another partner, the recycling company Renova, with a single driver who would sit, clean and at ease, in his or her cab as the robots do the dirty heavy lifting. The driver would not have direct control over the drones, but would act as their supervisor. (snip) The image that accompanies the announcement of the project shows robots that look like a cross between a Segway...

    09/16/2015 8:28:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 246 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 16, 2015 | Milo Yiannopoulus
    Sex with robots will be ‘the norm’ in 50 years, say experts. Men are considering the prospect with curiosity and a sense of humour. But academics and feminists are terrified and calling for them to be banned. Let me tell you why. Who, or what, men have sex with is the basis of our civilisation. It is the driving force behind our greatest accomplishments. Men don’t compete for abstract pleasure: they compete to bag the best mate. The internet, the pyramids and the moon landings would not exist were it not for man’s desire to have sex with woman.
  • Campaign launched against 'harmful' sex robots

    09/15/2015 8:42:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 87 replies
    CNBC ^ | September 15, 2015 | Holly Ellyatt
    They are yet to hit the shelves, but activists are already campaigning against the sale of so-called sex robots, which may be "harmful and contribute to inequalities in society." Several companies are developing robots that can be used as sexual substitutes for humans, leading to the launch of the "Campaign against sex robots" on Tuesday to highlight the potential dangers.
  • Robots take root on smaller dairy farms, upping production

    09/12/2015 11:11:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 12, 2015 12:30 PM EDT | Lisa Rathke
    Robots have taken up residence at some small- and medium-sized dairy farms across the country, providing reliable and more efficient labor and helping the businesses remain viable. Plus, farmers say, the milking technology makes for happier, more productive cows. Dairy operations here and abroad have used robotic milkers for more than a decade. But with more manufacturers and dealerships emerging the U.S., the number of smaller farms in Iowa with the technology has doubled over the last two years, from roughly 20 to more than 40, and family farms in the Northeast also are plugging in. The cost of not...
  • The Robots of Labor Day

    09/06/2015 4:50:07 PM PDT · by Mellonkronos · 28 replies
    The Atlas Society ^ | September 2, 2015 | Edward Hudgins
    [Luddites and people with Marxist premises are wrong again.] The Robots of Labor DayEdward Hudgins Fear of robots has been rising: not just fear of the sci-fi killer kind but also fear that robots will take our jobs. But this Labor Day we should celebrate the fact that robots free us from the need to perform certain tasks, make our labor more valuable, and could usher in new age of prosperity and human flourishing. Robots are machinesRobots are special types of machines. They’re programmed electro-mechanical devices that perform various physical functions, ideally better than humans. They range from the types...
  • Gnostic Physicists: The World is a Computer Simulation in Minds of Robotic Overlords

    08/19/2015 11:05:23 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 49 replies
    Renew America ^ | August 18, 2015 | Linda Kimball
    Is the world we live in a computer simulation in the minds of Robotic Overlords who are using humanity as playthings? This is the "scientific" theory put forward by a number of physicists and Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom.(1) Bostrom is one of the founders of the World Transhumanist Association. Transhumanism is a blend of revitalized Gnostic pagan and Eastern occult pantheist elements and magic science undergirded by a strong Darwinian impulse. Thus it subscribes to the modern myth of a coming Superman that is actually a counterfeit of the Christian vision of a new and perfected human race spiritually...
  • 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...
  • How Amazon Works ! (Machines taking over)

    08/14/2015 6:47:12 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    Take a tour of an Amazon fulfillment center and see how our Associates Works.
  • A.I. Thee Wed: Humans should be able to marry robots.

    08/11/2015 9:11:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    Slate ^ | August 10, 2015 | Gary Marchant
    The Supreme Court’s recent 5–4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage across the United States has already spawned speculation about “what will be next” in expanding marital rights. As the Supreme Court noted, “[t]he history of marriage is one of both continuity and change. That institution … has evolved over time.” Interracial marriage, equality between husband and wife, and same-sex marriage were all excluded for long periods of time under our Constitution but now have been sanctioned and protected by the courts. While these changes have come slowly, and courts are unlikely to take the next step in...
  • 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,...
  • Robots will take many of our jobs – and that's good

    07/20/2015 4:57:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    OC Register ^ | 07/20/2015 | By PER L. BYLUND
    New technologies fascinate us – from the precision of robotic surgery to the potential of Amazon dropping packages on our doorsteps via drone. But at the same time, there is anxiety over robots and artificial intelligence making human labor unnecessary and, ultimately, replacing us. Fear of the changes innovation brings is nothing new, and the reality is that robots will eventually replace us in many or most of today’s jobs and that’s, in fact, a glorious thing. Yes, jobs will be destroyed by innovation, as they’ve always been, but it doesn’t mean we’ll run out of jobs. New ones will...
  • The Rise of the Machines

    06/16/2015 8:51:19 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/16/15 | By LtCol Forrest R. Lindsey USMC (ret), staff writer
    Hardly a day goes by without some new article describing the very rapid advance of automation in our lives. As it is right now, more and more manufacturing is done using computer-controlled machining and robots doing the assembling and even testing. We can’t call for customer assistance anymore without going through a battery of mechanical voices asking us which option we want while directing us away from any hope of human interaction. Machines are accurate, dependable and they never sleep. They don’t belong to unions and they never complain about working conditions and best of all for the Captains of...
  • 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...
  • South Koreans win DARPA robotics challenge

    06/07/2015 2:02:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | June 7, 2015 | Regan Morris
    The contest is a battle of robots on an obstacle course meant to simulate conditions similar to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. Team Kaist's DRC-Hubo humanoid robot defeated 22 others to win the top $2m prize from the US Department of Defense's Darpa research unit. The robots had an hour to complete a series of tasks, such as a driving a car and walking up steps. The challenge involved a series of tasks for the robots to complete, somewhat autonomously, with intermittent connectivity with their operators to simulate real disaster conditions. The challenge was the first where robots performed...
  • Intelligent Robots: The coming jobs massacre and a more violent world

    05/28/2015 7:46:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/27/2015 | John Lloyd
    The elephants in the room lumber about, undisturbed by politicians or people of vision. The hard issues of the economy are well known. Politicians, bureaucracies, CEOs and trade union leaders have dealt the the issues of productivity, unemployment, competition from east and west, the collapse of industries through the decades of the 20th, and now the 21st, centuries. Yet these are harder now. Intelligent systems, robotic manufacturing, driverless vehicles, online services, all carve deep into established trades. In the post-war decades, every time a new technology came along, the feared bonfire of jobs didn’t happen — or only briefly and...
  • Robots About to Take Away 18 Million German Jobs, 59 Percent of Germany's Work Force?

    05/05/2015 9:40:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/05/2015 | Mike Shedlock
    I have seen many grim predictions regarding robots taking away human jobs, but one of the most dire predictions comes from a study commissioned by ING-Diba. The study claims that 59 percent of Germany's work force could be replaced by machines and software in the coming decades. The Local asks Robots About to Take Away 18 Million Jobs? The results of the [ING-Diba] study paint an almost doomsday-esque scenario for Germany. Almost two thirds of its workforce will be unemployed. Of the 30.9 million people currently in full or part-time employment in Germany, 18 million will be made redundant...
  • Even Small Businesses Are Jumping on the Robot Bandwagon

    05/03/2015 7:52:03 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 85 replies
    NBC News ^ | Elaine Pofeldt
    Report: Robots replacing human workers at faster pace Robots aren't just for corporate Goliaths -- now even the little guy on Main Street is adopting them. The goal: to boost sales and productivity. But at what cost? Take Sam Kraus, a Hungarian immigrant who founded what became Skyline Windows in 1921. In the early days, the tinsmith traveled around with a small cart to do his roofing and waterproofing work by hand. Fast-forward to today, and the fourth-generation business based in New York City's South Bronx has left the pushcart era far behind. Skyline, which has evolved into a custom...
  • Honda says its cars won’t crash after 2040

    04/27/2015 2:54:52 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 33 replies
    driving.ca ^ | April 27, 2015 | Nick Tragianis
    Taking a page out of Volvo’s playbook, Honda has set a handful of lofty goals for the next 35 years – including eliminating the possibility of its cars crashing. Speaking to Car and Driver last week at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress, Honda Americas R&D president Frank Paluch dished detains on a new set of core goals the Japanese automaker hopes to achieve by 2040, but they won’t be happening all at once. The first step in Honda’s goal will come in 2020, where Paluch says Honda vehicles will be connected one another and to infrastructure, lending to...
  • Cheaper Robots, Fewer Workers (Video and Article)

    04/24/2015 1:13:50 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4/24/15 | Jonah M. Kessel and Taige Jensen
    China faces rising labor costs and a shortage of workers. But a government project called “replacing humans with robots” is trying to change the face of the work force in Guangdong Province.
  • Robots Step Into New Planting, Harvesting Roles

    04/24/2015 7:28:14 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 77 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 23, 2015 | ILAN BRAT
    OXNARD, Calif.—A 14-arm, automated harvester recently wheeled through rows of strawberry plants here, illustrating an emerging solution to one of the produce industry’s most pressing problems: a shortfall of farmhands. Harnessing high-powered computing, color sensors and small metal baskets attached to the robotic arms, the machine gently plucked ripe strawberries from below deep-green leaves, while mostly ignoring unripe fruit nearby. Such tasks have long required the trained discernment and backbreaking effort of tens of thousands of relatively low-paid workers. But technological advances are making it possible for robots to handle the job, just as a shrinking supply of available fruit...
  • The robots are not threatening your job

    04/10/2015 4:34:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/10/2015 | By Catherine Rampell
    The Great Robot Freakout of 2015 has begun, and it looks a lot like the robot freakouts that came before it. In a new survey by CNBC, Americans were asked how concerned they were, if at all, that their jobs could be replaced by technology in the next five years. The level of automation angst was astonishing: About 1 in 8 workers indicated was worried about being displaced. Among those earning less than $30,000, it was a whopping 1 in 4. No doubt these workers have seen travel agents, bank tellers, typists, mid-skilled manufacturing workers and other occupations of yore...
  • The US Navy's 'ghost hunter' hits the water: Robo-boats set to track down silent enemy sub [tr]

    03/26/2015 6:48:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 26, 2015 | Mark Prigg
    The US Navy is set to unleash an army of 'ghost drones' to scour the coasts for enemy submarines. They hope to end the growing threat of quiet, diesel powered enemy submarines enters American waters undetected. The robot boats will go to sea for us to three months at a time.
  • Microsoft wants to put Windows 10 inside robots, ATMs and toasters

    03/16/2015 12:22:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 03/16/2015 | David Goldman
    Microsoft has already said that Windows 10 will work on a PC, tablet or phone. Now it wants to put Windows on every other gadget you might want to connect to the Internet. On Monday, Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 IoT (short for the idiotically named "Internet of Things"). It's essentially a tool to let your connected thermostat to talk to your connected car, or for a bank's connected ATM to talk to its network hub. And if all those things run Windows, they'll play nicely (in theory) with your Windows PC or phone. That means you should be able to...
  • Can We Adapt To the Rise of the Robot?

    03/16/2015 4:39:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    RCM ^ | 03/16/2015 | Robert Samuelson
    For some time, I've been collecting news stories about robots and jobs. By robots, I mean almost any automated process that substitutes machines for people. Here are some examples: â—Ź The restaurant chain Chili's installed 45,000 computer tablets in its U.S. locations, says The Post. The tablets enable customers to pay their bills, play games and place some orders. â—Ź One hotel is introducing a robot bellhop that delivers items to guests' rooms, reports the New York Times. The same story mentions automated golf caddies. Another Times story reports that the German firm Daimler has demonstrated a self-driving truck. â—Ź...
  • Why Robots Will Be The Biggest Job Creators In World History

    03/02/2015 4:49:50 AM PST · by expat_panama · 115 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3/01/2015 | John Tamny
    As robots increasingly adopt human qualities, including those that allow them to replace actual human labor, economists are starting to worry.  As the Wall Street Journal reported last week, some “wonder if automation technology is near a tipping point, when machines finally master traits that have kept human workers irreplaceable.”The fears of economists, politicians and workers themselves are way overdone.  They should embrace the rise of robots precisely because they love job creation.  As my upcoming book Popular Economics points out with regularity, abundant job creation is always and everywhere the happy result of technological advances that tautologically lead to job destruction.Robots...
  • Henn-na Hotel staffed by robots to open in Japan

    02/12/2015 10:38:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 09 February 2015 | Andrew Griffin
    A hotel staffed by ten multilingual robots is set to open later this year in Japan. When the Henn-na Hotel opens in July, it will be run by robots that can greet guests before carrying their luggage to their rooms. When guests leave, the robots will be able to clear their rooms, ready for the next human to come and stay. The robots are styled to look like a young Japanese woman. They can speak fluent Japanese, Chinese, Korean and English, and can respond to guest’s body language, eye contact and tone. …
  • Rise of the machines: Study sees robots cutting labor costs 16 pct. (truncated)

    02/10/2015 8:52:06 AM PST · by dware · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02.09.2015 | AP via Fox News
    WASHINGTON – Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing labor costs down 16 percent, a report Tuesday said. The Boston Consulting Group predicts that investment in industrial robots will grow 10 percent a year in the world's 25-biggest export nations through 2025, up from 2 percent to 3 percent a year now. The investment will pay off in lower costs and increased efficiency.
  • 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...
  • Foxconn Layoffs: Apple Supplier to Downsize Workforce [Desire to replace workers with robots]

    01/27/2015 10:49:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    InvestorPlace ^ | 01/27/2015 | By William White,
    Foxconn, a supplier for Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), has announced that it’s cutting its workforce. The exact number of employees that will be affected by the Foxconn layoffs hasn’t been announced. The company also hasn’t said when the layoffs will go into effect. The job cuts come as the company faces higher wages in China and less revenue growth, reports Reuters. The Foxconn layoffs are also likely affected by the company’s desire to replace workers with robots. The use of robotic arms in some parts of the company’s work will allow the company to replace workers that were performing simple tasks, Reuters...
  • Will you find work once the robot revolution hits?

    01/07/2015 11:47:10 PM PST · by dennisw · 35 replies
    marketwatch ^ | Published: Jan 6, 2015 8:54 a.m. ET | NourielRoubini
    Technology innovators and CEOs seem positively giddy nowadays about what the future will bring. New manufacturing technologies have generated feverish excitement about what some see as a Third Industrial Revolution. In the years ahead, technological improvements in robotics and automation will boost productivity and efficiency, implying significant economic gains for companies. But, unless the proper policies to nurture job growth are put in place, it remains uncertain whether demand for labor will continue to grow as technology marches forward. Recent technological advances have three biases: They tend to be capital-intensive (thus favoring those who already have financial resources); skill-intensive (thus...
  • Feds Creating Robots for Old People

    12/13/2014 12:04:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is financing the creation of robots that can assist the elderly and make sure they are eating healthily.A nearly $800,000 project from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is pairing the University of Pennsylvania with a robot company to create the machines, which will be able to deliver glasses of water to senior citizens.The government said that the project is necessary due to a demographic crisis in America where soon there will not be enough young people to take care of their elders.“This Partnership For Innovation project develops and tests the use of service robots to monitor and...
  • 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...
  • Proof that The End of Moore’s Law is Not The End of The Singularity

    12/06/2014 1:48:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Lifeboat News - Safeguarding Humanity The Blog ^ | December 5, 2014 | Eric Klien
    During the last few years, the semiconductor industry has been having a harder and harder time miniaturizing transistors with the latest problem being Intel’s delayed roll-out of its new 14 nm process. The best way to confirm this slowdown in progress of computing power is to try to run your current programs on a 6-year-old computer. You will likely have few problems since computers have not sped up greatly during the past 6 years. If you had tried this experiment a decade ago you would have found a 6-year-old computer to be close to useless as Intel and others were...
  • Amazon Reveals the Robots at the Heart of Its Epic Cyber Monday Operation

    12/01/2014 11:56:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 30, 2014 | Andrea Chang
    This holiday season, Amazon's little helper is an orange, 320-pound robot called Kiva. The robots -- more than 15,000 of them companywide -- are part of Amazon's high-tech effort to get orders to customers faster. By lifting shelves of Amazon products off the ground and speedily delivering them to employee stations, the robots dramatically reduce the time it takes for workers to find items and put them into boxes for shipment.
  • Priestly Celibacy and the Demise of Marriage

    11/28/2014 11:21:03 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 28, 2014 | JOE BISSONNETTE
    Fr. Richard John Neuhaus used to call it “the parish paper,” a gentle barb at the pretensions of the self-described “paper of record,” but also, I think, a subtle pastoral hand extended to those who think they get all the advice they need when they look in the mirror.Yes, I’m talking about the New York Times, which just ran a discussion group on dropping the celibacy requirement for Catholic clergy. It was a “usual suspects” sort of panel, with the balance one would expect. Of 7 panelists 4 were in favor of married priests, one argued both for and...
  • Are Jobs Really Vanishing Because of Robots?

    11/15/2014 12:05:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Are businesses are moving too quickly to robots? Is any job safe? Patrick Thibodeau at Computer World discusses the idea things are moving "too fast" with a review of Nicholas Carr's new book, The Glass Cage, Automation and Us. Please consider Automation Could Take Your Skills -- and Your Job by Patrick Thibodeau. The Glass Cage examines the possibility that businesses are moving too quickly to automate white collar jobs, sophisticated tasks and mental work, and are increasingly reliant on automated decision-making and predictive analytics. It warns of the potential de-skilling of the workforce, including software developers, as larger shares...
  • Newest Workers for Lowe’s: Robots

    10/29/2014 8:39:39 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 28, 2014 | Rachel King
    Lowe’s LOW -0.45% Cos. is introducing robotic shopping assistants at an Orchard Supply Hardware store in San Jose, Calif., in late November. Lowe’s, which acquired Orchard Supply last year, says this is the first retail robot of its kind in the U.S. The OSHbot will greet customers, ask if they need help and guide them through the store to the product. Besides natural-language-processing technology, the 5-foot tall white robot houses two large rectangular screens—front and back—for video conferences with a store expert and to display in-store specials. The head features a 3-D scanner to help customers identify items. OSHbot speaks...
  • 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...