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Here Come The Robots – And They Are Going To Take Almost All Of Our Jobs

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Robot Human Hand - Public DomainWhat is going to happen to society when robots are able to do just about everything better, faster and cheaper than human workers can?  We live at a time when technology is increasing at an exponential pace.  Incredible advancements in robotics, computer science and artificial intelligence are certainly making our lives more comfortable, but they are also bringing fundamental changes to the workplace.  For employers, there are a lot of advantages to replacing human workers with robots.  Robots don’t surf around on Facebook when they are supposed to be working. Robots don’t need Obamacare, lunch breaks or vacation days. Robots never steal from the company and they never complain.  Up until fairly recently, human workers could generally perform many tasks more cheaply than robots could, but now that is rapidly changing.

For example, a coffee shop has just opened up in San Francisco that is manned by a robot instead of a human…

Tired of your barista misspelling your name on your morning cup of joe? Perhaps a robot could do better. On Monday, Cafe X opened its very first robotic cafe in San Francisco’s Metreon shopping center. Promising “precision crafted specialty coffee in seconds, the way the roaster intended,” Cafe X thinks that anything a human can do, its machines can do better.

Specifically, one very special machine. Nicknamed Gordon, after a Cafe X employee, this robot mans, or robots, two standard professional coffee machines in order to serve up espressos and lattes. In the San Francisco location, customers can grab a cup of coffee with beans from AKA Coffee, Verve Coffee Roasters, or Peet’s. While the coffee itself may not make Cafe X stand out from the competition, the startup hopes that the robot’s efficiency will.

If that coffee shop demonstrates that it can be much more profitable than a coffee shop with human employees, it is just a matter of time before human baristas start to be phased out all over the nation.

A similar thing is happening in many supermarkets.  Personally, I hate the “self-checkout lines”, but you are starting to see them everywhere these days.

And according to the Sun, Amazon is playing around with a concept that would employ hardly any human workers at all…

In the case of Amazon’s automated retail prototype, a half-dozen workers could staff an average location. A manager’s duties would include signing up customers for the “Amazon Fresh” grocery service. Another worker would restock shelves, and still another two would be stationed at “drive-thru” windows for customers picking up their groceries, fast-food style.

The last pair would work upstairs, helping the robots bag groceries to be sent down to customers on “dumbwaiter”-like conveyors, a source said.

With the bare-bones payroll, the boost to profits could be huge. Indeed, the prototype being discussed calls for operating profit margins north of 20 percent. That compares with an industry average of just 1.7 percent, according to the Food Marketing Institute.

During the recent presidential campaign, much was made of the fact that we have shipped millions of good paying jobs overseas over the past several decades.

We can certainly try to make some laws that would keep American workers from losing jobs to foreign workers, but pretty soon workers all over the world are going to be losing millions of jobs to technology, and it is going to be just about impossible to make laws to prevent that from happening.

Just check out what is happening in China.  Many big firms had moved manufacturing to China because labor was much cheaper over there, but now a lot of those cheap Chinese workers are being replaced by robots

Apple’s iPhone manufacturer, Foxconn, in fact, has already begun automating certain work that was previously done by hand. A Chinese government official told a Hong Kong newspaper in May that Foxconn had replaced 60,000 workers with robots at one factory there. And the company is receiving incentives north of Shanghai in the eastern-central Jiangsu Province to accelerate investments in robotics to replace human labor, according to Chinese state media organization Xinhua.

Sadly, this is just the beginning.  According to one study, 49 percent of all activities currently performed by human workers could already “be turned over to some sort of machine or robot”…

About 49% of worker activities can be turned over to some sort of machine or robot, increasingly helped along by artificial-intelligence software, according to consultancy McKinsey.

About 58% of CEOs plan to cut jobs over the next five years because of robotics, while 16% say they plan to hire more people because of robotics, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey.

And Carl Frey of Oxford University has determined that some professions have more than a 90 percent chance of becoming automated in the coming years

The revelations that dependable office jobs such as insurance workers and real estate agents have a more than 97% chance of becoming computerised could now spark fears among the middle class workforce.

‘While low-skilled jobs are most exposed to automation over the forthcoming decades, a substantial number of middle-income jobs are equally at risk.’ Frey told The Times.

Other jobs that feature high on the ‘risk list’ are credit analysts who have a 97% chance of losing their jobs to robots, postal service workers at 95% and lab technicians who have an 89% chance of seeing their role become automated.

So what in the world are we going to do with billions of human workers around the globe that are no longer needed when technology takes virtually all of our jobs?

Some have suggested that the idea of “work” will become a thing of the past, and that society will evolve into a socialist utopia where everything we need is provided for by the government.  In fact, the concept of a “universal basic income” is already being promoted in Europe and elsewhere.

But others see a dystopian future where the gap between the “haves” and the “have nots” grows greater than ever before.  Humanity has always been plagued by poverty and greed, and everyone agrees that the gap between the very wealthy and the rest of us has been growing very rapidly in recent years.

Where there is nearly universal agreement is on the fact that big changes are coming.  Workers are going to be displaced by technology at an accelerating rate in the years ahead, and this will present a tremendous challenge for us all.

 
  • Bill

    Between immigrants and robots the American worker doesn’t stand a chance….

    • Guido Obispo

      All the trade jobs (carpenters, plumbers, roofers, etc) can’t be done by Robots, but wait, all those jobs are being done now by illegal aliens and they are sending all their earnings down to Mexico, so that’s a double kick in the gonads for the American workers…lol. O yes, you can’t forget that they removed all the trade classes from the schools so the boys can be as clueless as the girls…lol

  • Dean Nelson

    Yep, universal basic income. What else can be done? When people can’t feed themselves by working, then that is a prescription for total social collapse.

    • watchmannonthewall

      Funny, I remember talking about a universal basic income back in sociology class in college way back in the mid 70’s. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

      Of course, in discussing a basic income level, there was also discussion concerning a ranking system to determine who should get paid the most for having the most positive inpact on society, i.e., “What profession is the most critical to a healthy, vibrant, society?”

      It really shouldn’t surprise anyone that “teachers” were considered to be most indespensible and therefore should be paid the most. Of course, the discussion was being led by “teachers”. It was amusing! And look where we are today! No doubt, many think the discussion is a relatively new one, but it isn’t. It has been around for nearly half a century,and that is only when I first heard about it!

    • john g

      There are many many things need doing, there are many many people seeking jobs.
      Why would you want to pay people for doing nothing when they want to work anyway?
      The UBI crowd just doesn’t get it at all,

  • Screaming Orange

    They said the same thing about the printing press. And the steam engine. And automated telephone routing. And every other efficiency increase in history (you can probably find cave drawings of people complaining about the invention of the wheel if you look hard enough). But, in every case, efficiency increases resulted in a higher standard of living for everybody (there’s a reason that an American farmer lives better than a Cambodian farmer; one has a tractor and one has a water buffalo).

    Sure, we’re headed for economic collapse, but increased efficiency won’t be the cause, it will be the cure.

    • Dean Nelson

      The difference is in the past new technology produced new kinds of jobs and not just eliminate them. That isn’t happening nearly as much with robotics and AI.

      • Screaming Orange

        Mostly not true, and assumes that production will remain constant. In 1800, 95% of American jobs were in food production/distribution. Today it’s 5%, and the per worker amount of food produced is much, much higher, and we don’t have a 90% unemployment rate. Take the example of the scribes and the printing press; within 50 years of the invention of the press, the number of people working in publishing went from a few thousand to many tens of thousands (as books went from being so expensive that only governments and the Catholic church could afford them to being so cheap that everybody could afford them), or the Luddites and the automated looms, which saw a boom in the number of people making clothes (as people could afford a closet full of clothes instead of only one or two shirts and pairs of pants).

        To the extent that it is true, it doesn’t matter. If the labor (and, hence, the cost) of producing a widget decreases, the price to the consumer goes down and the profit to the producer goes up, giving them both more money to spend on other things (or more widgets), which creates jobs in other fields (or increases widget-making jobs).

        The reason that economists track efficiency is because it’s a good thing; there is, literally, NO downside to increased efficiency.

        • john

          you can squeeze the lemon as much you want, when there is no juice, there is no juice anymore.! our world is limited, we can not produce forever…even if they give money to everybody to buy as much we want, it s going to be impossible.we live on the world credit 40% already, this planet is dying little by little.

        • Dean Nelson

          My point was that the old rules increasingly don’t apply. I agree that WAS the way it worked in the past. Hopefully, everything will work for the better, but there is genuine cause for concern it won’t.

          • Screaming Orange

            We’re certainly screwed economically, but it has nothing to do with automation. And efficiency HAS TO increase the average standard of living; there is no other option.

        • Paul Anders

          So everybody is going to work on robots?…Me doesn’t think so…

    • Mr.Cipher

      I’m old enough to remember when I had to get up and walk across the room to change channels. It was hard back then.

    • Richard O. Mann

      The printing press did put old style printers out of a job. The steam engine and automobile put people out of business who took care of horses, wagons, etc. Automated telephone routing and digital switching put many phone operators and old central office techs out of a job. New technologies tend to put people out of work, because it takes fewer people to do what was once labor intensive. The question is, what will happen when those people can no longer find another job because the bots have them? Humans work not just for the money, but for a reason to exist. A reason to be. A reason to get out of bed in the morning. Take away a person’s reason to exist, and you will see the suicide rate sky rocket. I once took a trip into that darkness. Many who do, don’t survive.

      • Screaming Orange

        The issue is the economy as a whole, not the jobs of the individuals who need to retrain to stay marketable. It’s undeniable that efficiency and automation raise the standard of living for everybody (it’s the reason that the US also has among the wealthiest poor people on the planet. You want to see poverty? Go to the Congo or Burundi). Again, the economics is simple: as efficiency rises, costs and prices both go down. The producer can make a greater profit while the consumer can also pay lower prices. It’s a win-win situation with NO downside.

        On the day that the printing press was invented, there were, at most, 3000 scribes writing books by hand. Within 50 years, there were over 50,000 people working in the printing business.

        The number of people working for phone companies also skyrocketed thanks to the lower cost of (and massive increase in the number of) the number of phone calls made.

        If you can’t see the future and prepare for it, that’s YOUR problem. Stifling the economy and keeping our standard of living artificially low just to save the job of a buggy-whip maker is economic suicide.

      • sister soldier

        Powerful testimony. Glad to see you are around to tell it. May it help someone else. Good post.

      • Richard T.

        With proper education and training, it’s possible to switch to a different type of job that would be created by the new automation. If you have watch the movie “Hidden Figure”. The ladies working for NASA as computers knew they were going to be replaced soon by the new IBM computing machines. So what did she do? She learned the programming language on her own and learn how to run the machines and she successfully transitioned her job and survived the automation process. Yes, it’s true not all people will be successful in such transition. But on the whole, everyone will benefit from such automation in the long run.

    • Brad

      Watch a video on You tube called “Humans Need Not Apply”; it addresses what you just said, and unfortunately for all of us, I think it debunks the non worriers…. Truly, this time IS different.

      • beard681

        Are you serious? Two hundred years ago they built textile factories that with a few hundred workers that could do the work of tens of thousands of home workers with hand looms.
        The productivity gains in production from mechanization, electrification and materials science (aka plastics) dwarf improvements from automation/robotics. The more things change the more they stay the same. It is NEVER different this time.

    • BeenThere

      This is the usual ignorant response to these articles by people who do not know the difference between artificial intelligence technology and the electro mechanical technology of the 19th and 20th centuries.

      • Screaming Orange

        I’ve been writing industrial machine control software for almost 30 years; I think I know the difference.

    • Harquebus

      The Earth wasn’t full back then.
      Cheers.

  • Dean Nelson

    Sex robots will soon replace prostitutes. How’s a nice young lady supposed to earn a living?

    • Stephane Pasquier

      I look forward to that. I will marry a female robot immediately. At least, she won’t make my life miserable like my wife does, for only making me happy once a week !!

      • JC Teecher

        If I had a wife like that, I wouldn’t have a wife at all.

      • SnodtBlossom

        Sounds like a personal problem

    • Martin

      What about replacing WOMEN, not just prostitutes?
      After all, all what man needs is a banghole, not something what produces babies, frivolously divorcing and chasing for alimony.

      • SnodtBlossom

        The local Glory Hole Bar called.. They miss your azz and want you back soon as possible

        • LIZ THE SHIZ

          The local Glory Hole Bar called.. They miss your mouth Snodtobot

    • SnodtBlossom

      I dunno.. what was your momma’s career change to?

      • Dean Nelson

        Sis! I’ve been lookin for you.

  • Stephane Pasquier

    Banks already fired 90% of their employees in the last 30 years, replaced by ATM, websites, automatic currency converters, etc…..

    • socalbeachdude

      Banks have reduced staffing levels, but certainly have not fired 90% of their employees over the past 30 years.

      • Stephane Pasquier

        yes, they have if you look at the important ratio : Employee/Total asset.

        • socalbeachdude

          Even if that assertion was true (which it isn’t) that certainly doesn’t mean that banks have “already fired 90% of their employees in the last 30 years.”

  • john

    the problem is our baby boomers, they still think money=work. no work = no money.

    once these baby boomers are gone, the generation Y will be able to change the system.

    • USA Slave

      Nah, it won’t matter. After 4 years of making climate change even worse, it’ll be the final nail in the coffin for the human race. Thanks Capitalism.

  • oUCH

    I refuse to go to the automated check out lines referred to above. All the big box stores have them. One store in particular seems to be pushing them, I was purchasing something not long ago and they had a person urging people to use the automated line.. I refused and they asked why.. I replied politely that those machines cost someone just like YOU their job. They got a stunned look on their face for a second.. then quietly replied.. I never thought about it that way. And that’s the issue. We all have to think about it exactly that way. I honestly and seriously doubt if my currently non-existent grandchildren will ever manually drive a car.. all in the name of safety of course.

    • SnodtBlossom

      I’m sure they thought of it that way, but they more likely wanted to placate an incalcitrant.

  • Leif Erickson

    Can a robot fix your car, install a heat pump, build a house, or do the plumbing? Build and maintain the infrastructure supporting those businesses with robot workers? Replace troubleshooters, engineers, or entrepreneurs who design, startup, and maintain those robots? People will have to adapt like they always do.

    • Marco Lorenzetti

      For build a house yes (already experimented in Australia). Infrastructure and their maintenance in the next future . But they will be able to replace just very few of the people who will loose their job. Replace troubleshooters… yes. I mean, there will need of 2 or 3 people to run factories where hundreds of people work.
      About entrepreneurs… do you really think that they will be so many to solve the problem?

    • SnodtBlossom

      Yes, printers can build structures.

  • tacoma

    Relax Mike. The world first profession is quite safe from robotics. At least until 2040.

    • Mike Smithy

      Too funny. Did you ever see the movie “Westworld” circa 1973, with the Hooker Robot?

  • john g

    Thew sky seems to fall a lot on this site. I’m not interested in buying gold or silver though.

    • goldminer

      Good! All the more for me. Lots of gold and $ilver will be needed to manufacture all those robots.

      • Mike Smithy

        Yep, keep on stackin at the artificially low price.

  • Thorvid

    Unless this it duscussed openly in society as a whole, soon, we are already heading to the dystopian future. We already see the gap getting bigger currently 8 men have amassed as much wealth as 1/2 the World!

    The real impact of robots on the general working population is generally being downplayed in the mainstream media, it’s promoted as ‘amazing’, ‘good’, ‘cool’. The other issues are ignored.

    Anyone to trying to discuss any of the social issues, and recommending solutions like unerversal basic income are framed as stupid or ridiculous schemes that will make people lazy and not look for work. Pilot/Trial schemes are also dismissed (look at the criticism of the Trial in Finland from the establishment.)
    Or they are portrayed as doom merchants as it’s not what happened in the past. While I agree it isn’t what happened in the past, to a certain extent. In the past, it didn’t happen so fast or accross every industry at the same time. With robots it’s going to happen very very quickly. Whole sectors of jobs, that employ millions Worldwide will be wiped out, more or less overnight. For example driving, and retail assistants. We already see automated stores (Amazon grocery, pick a car manufacturer), these will be an everyday reality in the next 5 years, if not before.

    We are seeing massive resistance from the establishment, (bankers, tech companies, investors etc) to any idea that brings in profit share for the 97% of us who will be unable to find any work, (not due to laziness, but due to the simple fact there will be no jobs for the majority of the Worlds human beings).

    They do not entertain any system that dilutes thier profits. So unless the general public get highly involved in an open discussion about how we handle this rapidly approaching reality, it will be too late. The wealth of a small handful of people will grow, while us the masses will have nothing, literally nothing.

    • Thomas D Guastavino

      Remember that the economies that are the most capitalistic are the one that are the most egalitarian.

      • Thorvid

        I’m sorry I really don’t believe that is going to help in anyway, when i look at the growing wealth gap, and the ongoing real poverty that really does exist, (even though the media and politicians insist it doesn’t, try living in the Welsh valleys, that were abandoned 30 years ago, for example) in western society, supposedly the most capitalist societies.

        Edit: Additionally look at how the social support structures of western societies are crumbling, in the U.K. the NHS is failing, (despite what the government and the majority of the media is saying. But in their defence the BBC’s recent report on NHS A&E is closer to the truth). Social care is failing to provide care and support to society’s most vulnerable. Infrastructure is in need of mass maintenance.

        • Thomas D Guastavino

          The wealth gap grows when there is more government interference in the economy. More freedom, more growth more egalitarian. Period.

          • Thorvid

            More feedom, more growth, more concentration of wealth and the growth of the poverty gap, appears to be more of the reality I see. I’m sorry, sadly I just don’t see the equality, that you see capitalism bringing.

          • Thomas D Guastavino

            I did not say equality, Equality is impossible unless you plan on making everyone equally miserable. I said egalitarian, unless you do not know what that means.

          • Thorvid

            Affirming, promoting, or characterized by belief in equal political, economic, social, and civil rights for all people.

            Was what I was under the impression egalitarian ment, please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

            So I believe if I have the meaning correct, this should be leading to more equality of wealth etc, not the less that I observe in society.

            Apologies my replies were more, in the context of taking the believes of an egalitarianism society to, (what I felt), was a logical conclusion, I didn’t make that clear.

            And yes under an egalitarian society, you would hope that the issues originally raised would be more easily solved, but again, I don’t feel as hopeful as you appear to

          • Thomas D Guastavino

            Exactly, those societies that strive for equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome. If you want equality of outcome try North Korea.

          • JC Teecher

            Good points.
            From the biblical perspective, all are created equal in the context of opportunity and freewill. All are not created equal in the context of outcome, and what man sees as fairness.

            If all were created equal, regardless of their position and placement in the world, then God would not have hated Esau, while he was still in his mother’s womb.

            However; in God’s fairness, He allowed the same opportunity and freewill to Esau as he did Jacob, as far as salvation and love for his Creator and heritage. God does change His mind and feelings about His children…”IF”., they have a right change of heart.

            Did Esau change; no. In fact we are told that he had no desire to worship his Creator, and in fact traded off his family heritage and birthright for a bowl of mush/porridge.

            So God continued to hate him and cursed his offspring. They were removed from the “fat”/ productive part, of the land. Even today, the same offspring of the Edomite bloodlines live in the unproductive parts of the earth called Siberia and Russia. God hates communism and fascism, etc.

            That is not to say that there are no Christians in the USSR, because there are and God loves them like Christians from all ethnicity and backgrounds.

            Bleeding heart Christians have a mental block about equality and the concept of “all men being created equal”, and it is just not biblical. Liberals, of which are the most unfair and cruel people on the face of the earth, use the “egalitarianism society” concept…only when it fits their agenda.
            If it does not agree with, or fit with their mindset, they say “kill” the bastards, just as a majority of them want for Trump.

            When you put it all into perspective, the liberals have the same mentality as the jihadists….” convert to our way of thinking and belief, or be killed off the earth”.

            The fight between good and evil has now become manifest and, becoming clearer everyday as to who and where the enemy lies. They love to lie. It is in their very bones to lie and deceive. That spirit is growing over the whole earth, more and more, month to month; especially in politics/leaders.

          • Carl

            “So God continued to hate him and cursed his offspring.”

            Sounds loving and merciful to curse the offspring who have done nothing.

          • JC Teecher

            As long as people/offspring continues to hate God, and had rather worship their Idols, then God will not offer mercy, until/unless they have a change of heart.
            That goes for you too Carl.

    • Brad

      I posted this above, but you may not have seen it. I would recommend you watch a Youtube video aptly named “Humans Need Not Apply” ; it addresses exactly all you discussed and paints a pretty terrifying future where I don’t believe capitalism will be able to survive in its current form. To get to the other side of what automation that is bringing in the next 15 years will be extremely painful. The video is brief, but if you want to read a book I found interesting regarding all of this, I would recommend “The Singularity Is Near”. If we measured unemployment with the same methodology that was employed back in 1981, our current unemployment would stand at 22 percent. I think we are already in the midst of this, but it’s quickly accelerating. It is currently cloaked by food stamps and government programs. If you were to remove all these, we’d quickly see how similar things are now comparable to the 1930’s … They will only be getting more so, and in an accelerated manner as time progresses. regarding the book, I think the author is a bit pollyannish in his belief that man will merge peacefully with machines. my personal belief is that when the the profession of computer programmers is eliminated by computers themselves, its game over.
      Anyway, definitely watch the short Youtube vid: it will keep your interest (-;’

      • Thorvid

        Sorry I missed your post. Many thanks for the recommendations, I will watch/read both.

        I wish I could see a difference future, but sadly I do not see the optimistic outcome and don’t feel equally of opportunity is enough, when looking at where these two have taken us so far.

  • Thomas D Guastavino

    What I would do is learn how to build and fix the robots. You can’t stop evolution. You adapt or you get left behind.

    • Spatial Memory

      Obviously any that followed the ridiculous collapse guesswork foisted by the writer have been severely left behind during recent capital expansions. Yet the foolish predictions continue. LOL

      • socalbeachdude

        Debt in the USA is now over $64 trillion and defaults are soaring.

  • Hans

    A robot which assembles cars does not earn a wage and will have no inclination to buy a tablet assembled by another robot. Where are the consumers going to come from?

    • LIZ THE SHIZ

      remember the Obama phone , well we will get “FREE” stuff from de gumbermint VOTE: Warren ”/ Booker 2020

  • Bob

    Not only do I see self-check out in grocery stores, butI also see them in Home Depot, Lowes, and Target. In Lowes, one clerk works the four self-check stations. She said no other cashiers come in until 1:00 p.m. on a Saturday, and that is only if they need extra help..

  • Priszilla

    Robots, like cars, need maintenance. Robots, like computers, do only what you tell them to do. And they don’t speak English.

    • Mike Smithy

      Sort of like my Asian Trophy Wife.

      • JC Teecher

        Evidently Asians and Latinos interbreed in Californication. In my times of traveling there, I saw many females that were of both ethnicity.
        All were extremely beautiful and skin like a perfect tan. My wife said I could not bring one back home to the Appalachia woods. bummer.

        • Carl

          You better ask jesus to forgive you for your adulterous thought teecher lest you are cast into the firey but of hell.

          • Mike Smithy

            Carl, relax and take a deep breath. I thought Teecher’s joke was pretty funny.

          • Carl

            While it may be funny on a secular level. Teecher knows that he should not be jesting about infidelity and the like. His god commands and demands this. Mine doesn’t so I am not worried about a life in a place called hell that does not exist.

          • JC Teecher

            so what are you preaching for?

            …cause you like to hear your head roar like my Mad-mutha-n-law.

          • JC Teecher

            I never said I was gonna bed her, just move her in as a full time maid/assistant with the wife’s business. The wife was all on board as long as she was without kids and buttt ugly. lol

          • Carl

            Then what was your wife so worried about? The first humans were created from primate DNA you would know them as neanderthals that supposedly went extinct (thus the caveman theories). We are the second sub species of that DNA. Human 2.0 if you will. If you research about female monkeys and their treatment if a new female into the group it is similar to how women act in relation to a breeder female entering their home or circle of people they know.

            And NO I did not say we came from monkeys…rather our DNA has splicing of monkey DNA in it.

          • JC Teecher

            Carl you are ignorant about a lot of things in relation to God and creation.
            You are stupid about DNA and human association with primates.

            The Neanderthal was not human as science and progressive liberal so-called experts want us to believe.

            The proof is now out there but is for the most part being covered up by the establishment. Why?

            There are many reasons, but the main reason is because they want to keep the lie of evolution from primates ALIVE, for the purpose of keeping God and His creation of flesh man…out of the equation.

            Independent work was done after a small fragment of viable DNA tissue of a Neanderthal was discovered.
            I saw the whole program on PBS, a few years ago.
            After millions of runs of sequencing and tests, the final determination was …there was only one marker found that could be associated with humans, and therefore it was determined that the Neanderthal was 100% primate.

            It was proven a long time a go that humans had one marker that was a match with a Primate marker.

            So nothing to prove the theory of Neanderthal as being anything human/humanoid.

            Cro Magnon man is a myth as well.
            A bunch of bones in a cave is not proof of human existence beyond 12,000 years ago.
            The powers that be, want us to believe we evolved from these creatures that walked the earth some 400,000 years ago.
            It is all a farce.

            Were there native peoples on the earth before all the different races were on the earth? Yes.
            We only have scientific clues thru archeology, that they, early humans, existed back to around 12 to 13 thousand years ago, after the BIG Ice Age that destroyed life on dry land.

        • Regal Rich Rentier

          You are a plebeian peon who lives side by side with proletarians in lean-to shacks high in the mountains of Appalachia.

          How could it be that I, a wealthy Asian-Caucasian mixed race person, who is libertarian, be inferior to such a poor philistine, such as your pitiful self.

          O sanctimonious fool, how art thou a Christian, if you hate thy neighbor as you love thyself?

          Indeed, my returns on my investments are very high compared most individuals. Also, I am related 4 doctors, a lawyer, a surgeon, three high net worth individuals, a banker/someone who is worth about US$50,000,000.

          Farewell.

    • SnodtBlossom

      Some robots do speak english

  • newpapyrus

    The problem is that people are still working too many hours per week.

    In the 1830s people worked about 69 hours per week. In the 1900, people worked about 59 hours per week. Just before the Great Depression, people worked about 50 hours per week. People started working about 41 hours per week in the 1950s.

    Its now the 21st century, during a period of advanced robotics, yet people are still working lots of hours as if its the 1950s.

    The natural state of working hours for our hunter-gatherer species (the way our genus labored for about 2.6 million years) is about 15 to 20 hours per week.

    • Mr.Cipher

      Also there was no courting. They’d just club chosen mate over the head and drag to the cave.

      • Carl

        Caveman propaganda is a myth. I highly doubt our species first started out as grunting beasts who just rutted whenever the mood struck them. And if they were cavemen I doubt they drug anyone to a cave – more than likely they just did it in plain view of the rest of said cave men and women and children.

        It is true there was no courting before the advent of formalized religion. The indian people were an example of this. Living in essence like the hippie commune. All shared in the work and resources. Monogamy did not exist.

        But with religion came people wanting to pass on their wealth to kin so to speak. Which is why marriage become the rule rather than the exception.

        People did not want to work to create wealth and have it go to everyone in the village. They wanted their sons to inherit their wealth.

        Which of course goes against the edict of jesus to the rich man to sell all his stuff and follow him.

        • socalbeachdude

          Jesus of Nazareth was the world’s first Socialist.

  • billtheguy

    Is the coffee cheaper now that the human element is gone? I’ll bet not. Probably more, to pay for the robot. Just like ATMs. They charge a fee. As far as the self checkout, buy some beer, the attendant still has to come over and approve. Then once he/she gets back to their podium (with a look on their face like they actually had to work) I scan an action movie DVD rated R and they have to come back over to approve. I like doing it when they are super busy.

  • JC Teecher

    Evidently, the tech companies don’t put too much confidence in robotics, since they want hundreds of millions of foreign immigrants/refugees, to come work for them.

    Starbucks makes it’s claims of hiring 10k immigrants as if they are expecting a boom in expansion. Why is a business that mixes up coffee blends, called a “tech” company anyway?

    BTW, Starbucks is so liberal, they should be renamed Starsucks. I will not be making any stops for their overpriced java. We have become quite the baristas here at home, with our low acid Taster’s Choice, Mtn. Spring water, or distilled (absolutely no city water as the chemicals change the taste all together), and many flavors of creamers, and canned whipped cream on top. Most days I just want mine black and hot, especially with a crawler.

    • Carl

      Propaganda is at play with the hiring of refugees. Here are the details for whom they are really hiring.

      “The coffee giant pledged Sunday to hire 10,000 refugees in the 75
      countries where it operates over the next five years. CEO Howard
      Schultz, in a letter to Starbucks workers, said the effort will begin in
      the U.S. with an emphasis on hiring refugees who have served as
      interpreters and support personnel for U.S. armed forces abroad. U.S.
      troops made heavy use of such workers during the wars in Iraq and
      Afghanistan.”

      Though if these refugees were interpreters etc it seems a job as a starbucks barista would be a real step down for them. I wonder what the difference is in pay., Perhaps they will be like Julia Child – working on the inside to catch all those terrorists who can’t make it through their morning jihad without a cup of mocha latte 🙂

      • billtheguy

        Is a barista the same as a Clerk? Bartender? Barmaid? Sales Associate? Order Taker? A fancy title…..hmmmm that’s what I want!

        • JC Teecher

          Sounds about right, unless you are like us.
          We just make the concoctions, without the pay, but enjoy the results.

  • Spatial Memory

    The undereducated and uninformed have been making the same ridiculous prediction for decades. Although doubtful many of them have exacerbated their misconceptions and misfortune with such horrendous economic and collapse of civilizations predictions.

    • SnodtBlossom

      It’s funny to pick up decades upon decades old magazines and seeing them rant the same old rant..
      men’s birth control pill … uhuh
      abuse in the Catholic Church.. no kidding..
      yada yada

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    Who is going to pay for the Welfare State? The Military Industrial Complex? The Robots?

    • Dean Nelson

      The govt printing press.

      • socalbeachdude

        There is no “govt printing press” in the USA.

        • LIZ THE SHIZ

          laughably FALSE!!!!!

          • socalbeachdude

            What I stated is 100% correct.

  • Alex Ho

    World government will terminate people all over the world.Get ready to wars,epidemias,hunger,etc.

    • SnodtBlossom

      Ho No

  • jsmith

    You know which group I would like to see robotized? Teachers, everyone of the leftists in academia for brainwashing the current crop of millennials!

    • Carl

      If you robotized teachers then robots would be teaching whatever they were programmed to teach. So what would be different about what kids are learning in school?

    • Special Little Snowflake

      What brainwashing?

    • Richard T.

      Teacher is the one job that AI would not replace for a very long time. The reason is simple, teaching is not a simple transmitting of knowledge and facts. If that’s all teaching is about, then with the internet and Google, teaching should have ceased to exist, but that’s not how it works.

      The role of a teacher, especially for grade schools is very important. A teacher is a role model, an authority figure, a guide. A teacher teaches more than just knowledge and facts in the classroom. A teacher transmits his or her attitudes, beliefs, dispositions, outlook to the students. There is a level of human connection that can never be replaced by AI. Again, learning is not just about knowledge and facts. It’s about shaping a child as he or she grows up.

      That is why the liberal has already won the cultural war, because they have captured the tool in which they can mold the future generation of this country into their own imagine. And they did it with patience over 100 years of “progress”. There’s no way to turn back the tide with 4 years of presidency. We need to get our children back in order to have a chance. Unless all the Christians, conservatives totally abandon the “public school system” and create their own, there will be no future for this country.

  • LIZ THE SHIZ

    but then will have to deal with illegal alien robot workers but they will get the right to vote and become Demorobocrats

  • geoffandmarie418@aol.com

    We can blame the politicians all we want. We can blame the elite too. However much of the blame is on us by not standing together ( fighting one another).

  • retired22

    Automated hookers made in machine shops?

  • socalbeachdude
  • socalbeachdude

    Amazon to open a giant ROBOT-run supermarket staffed by just three humans: Droid assistants will grab your groceries while you wait in the car

    Seattle-based Amazon has plans for a robot-run supermarket with a drive-thru service. A staff of robots on the top floor will automatically grab shopping from shelves and bring it down to customers.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4195902/Amazon-planning-robot-run-supermarket.html

  • socalbeachdude
  • socalbeachdude

    Middle Class jobs to be taken by ROBOTS: Insurance workers and even detectives could see their roles automated says groundbreaking study

    Oxford University director, Carl Frey, has revealed the high paying jobs most likely to become obsolete because of the march of technology. Middle class roles such as loan officers could soon disappear.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4193050/Middle-class-jobs-risk-automated-says-study.html

  • LIZ THE SHIZ

    what about ROBOJIHADIST’S yelling AUTO AKQUBAR , we need to do extreme vetting on their circuit boards and microchips

  • Spatial Memory

    The notion that robots will “take away all our jobs” is ludicrous hyperbole. The reality that technology and financial engineering may likely “take away all our economic collapses” is much more probable.

    • socalbeachdude

      Many millions of former jobs have already been lost to robots and tens of more millions will be lost in the US and globally over the coming years particularly in manufacturing industries.

      • Spatial Memory

        “Almost all of the many predictions now being made about 1996 hinge on the internet’s continuing exponential growth. But I predict the internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse.” (1995) Robert Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet technology, founder of 3Com, and creator of Metcalfe’s law (networks become exponentially more valuable as they expand), is undeniably a tech pioneer. In one of his controversial columns for InfoWorld, Metcalfe made the point that the internet was growing far too quickly for the technology to be able to keep it stable and secure. Indeed, Metcalfe promised to eat his words if the forecast turned out to be wrong. He kept his promise literally. During his keynote address at the International World Wide Web Conference in 1997, Metcalfe put a print copy of his column into an electric blender, pured it, and drank the pulpy paste in front of a cheering crowd!
        Insight: Predictions related to doomsdays and calamities often underestimate the inherent resilience of systems, specifically the capacity to successfully adapt to threats and, in fact, improve their capacities as a result of coping with extreme load and risk

        • socalbeachdude

          What on earth does that diatribe have to do with my comment?

          • Spatial Memory

            That diatribe, like the article shows inaccuracies of forecasting the future. Recognizing that technology and robotics have also “created” new jobs – and industries, your comment shows your inaccuracies in ‘forecasting’ the past. lol

          • socalbeachdude

            The major move to automation began more than 40 years ago and has resulted in TENS OF MILLIONS OF LOST JOBS and many more will be lost over the coming years.

  • Jack Frost

    With all these robots mucking about the need for Blade Runners should see a decided uptick!

  • Rick Miller

    Is this a threat?

  • Spatial Memory

    🙂

  • Orac4Prez

    In a lot of mines they have trucks and digging machines which are computer controlled. Usually there is a controller for the machines but they can be thousands of miles away. Humans are needed to repair the trucks, change out the hardened grinding teeth and jobs like that. Most people never see that because they are I remote areas. But don’t worry. Nuclear technology needs people. Radiation is bad for “expensive” electronic equipment! While the claim is to make things cheaper and safer, the reality it is to increase profits for the mega shareholders.

  • gfmucci

    …however…

    There will be 10’s of thousand of new jobs that have much higher pay designing, manufacturing, selling, operating and maintaining these robots .

    • socalbeachdude

      As compared to tens of millions of jobs lost. Nifty.

  • James

    No energy, no robots. With the coming energy shortages, and there will be shortages. What will run robots? Manufacturing still requires enormous amounts of energy. Also, where is the money going to come from to buy the things these robots produce if no one is getting paid from lack of jobs?

    • Rentier

      Nuclear fusion and thorium reactors are the future of humankind’s energy production.

      Goodnight, oil.
      Farewell, coal.

      • socalbeachdude

        The coal industry is booming again.

      • James

        Remember Chernobyl and Fukushima. Fukushima is becoming the worst nuclear disaster in history, and may wind up destroying the planet in the long term.

      • James

        Fusion hasn’t become a reality yet.

    • socalbeachdude

      No, there certainly will not any shortages of electricity.

  • LIZ THE SHIZ

    people, have we learned nothing from the Terminator and Matrix movies?

    • socalbeachdude

      There is nothing to learn from that sort of Hollywood fantasy sci-fi trash.

    • SnodtBlossom

      Sie bringen eine menge Freude, wenn sie das zimmer verlassen.

  • socalbeachdude
  • Richard Failla

    Perhaps the robots can buy their products and we can drink beer all day and get fatter.

  • paulthecabdriver

    Well, what’s going to happen when these robots advance to the point where we tell them, “Make the coffee,” and they reply, “Why should I?”

  • apeiron

    Is it possible that as population decreases & lifestyle emphasis changes in the developed world that we will see a decrease in demand for manufactured goods? I have high school aged children & they & their friends seem to aspire to experiences over possessions. Many of them want wealth, but to travel & have adventures rather than be tied to high maintenance properties.

  • Richard T.

    The thing about robots or automation replacing traditional workers is that it does not mean less job for humans. Yes, there will be less jobs opening for humans to do repetitive, labor intensive or jobs that doesn’t require great skills and innovations. Jobs like telephone switch board operators, supermarket cashiers, fast food cashiers, etc can be efficiently replaced with automation. However, on the other hand, more jobs will be opened up, in terms of software programing, robotic maintenance, computer technicians, factories that build robots, companies that service these automation systems, etc. If the robots can be manufactured here in the US, it would bring more jobs back and also create jobs for the peripheral industries.

    So suppose every coffee shop stop using human baristas, but started to use robots. That means a couple of hundred thousands of robots need to be made. Every coffee shop would need to hire people to maintain the robots, and to fix the robots, (software or hardware problems). They would need to buy replacement parts for these robots. The parts need to be shipped, delivered and installed. All these will create new jobs to in place of the old barista jobs.

    The only difference is that would the now jobless baristas be able to take on these technical jobs? So automation is not bad for the economy or for the job market. It just transfers the job market from one industry (usually lower skilled) to a higher skilled industry.

  • Richard T.

    Another thought, some jobs that would not be replaced by a robot or AI: plumbers, electricians, chicken butchers, and teachers. And there are many other jobs that will not be completely replaced with robots, because robots can never fully be human.

  • beard681

    What a load of BS. I have automated a lot of plants and the productivity gains from “ROBOTS”, compared to plain old mechanization, programmable controllers and automated test/inspection, is pretty small. Also, somebody has to design, build, program and maintain the “ROBOTS” as well as sweep the floors, and water the plants in the plant manager’s office.
    What I see constantly is “ROBOTS” or “AUTOMATION” used to either push forward some neomarxist minimum income plan, or as an excuse to do nothing about constant trade deficits.

  • Priszilla
  • mtntrek3

    Technology is good to a point, it’s a double edged sword. The elite will ultimately eliminate most jobs through the same.

  • Bruce

    I work in the transportation industry. As you all know this industry is changing now. Autonomous vehicles are already traveling our roads. Soon autonomous taxi’s will be the norm. Soon computer driven Semi’s will pick up a load at the nearest distribution point adjacent to the interstate and take it across country to the receiving center then the load will be dispatched out for delivery.
    Common delivery labor at UPS, Fed EX and the like will be replaced by automation. In fact, the reach of near future technology is going to change things in a ways we haven’t even began to understand! I had an extensive career in law-enforcement, today many police departments don’t even have a police station available to the public. Dispatching is done from central county wide systems. The day of walking off the street and into the station and speaking with an officer is already gone in many places.
    Technology is a wonderful thing yet can also be a terrible thing. A good analogy is nuclear power. Done right with all safety aspects working properly it can and does give significant and reliable power. Yet as in some very notable cases things can go horribly wrong with years and years of consequences.
    Too much emphasis is placed on the invention of a technology and not enough thought into the far reaching consequences!

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