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The Robots Are Coming, And They Are Replacing Warehouse Workers And Fast Food Employees

Robot 2014There 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 get the same tasks done instead.  When you replace a human worker with a robot, you solve a whole bunch of problems.  Robots never take a day off, they never get tired, they never get sick, they never complain, they never show up late, they never waste time on the Internet and they always do what you tell them to do.  In addition, robotic technology has advanced to the point where it is actually cheaper to buy robots than it is to hire humans for a vast variety of different tasks.  From the standpoint of societal efficiency, this is a good thing.  But what happens when robots are able to do just about everything less expensively and more efficiently than humans can?  Where will our jobs come from?

And this is not something that is coming at some point in "the future".

This is already happening.

According to CNN, there will be 10,000 robots working to fulfill customer orders in Amazon.com warehouses by the end of 2014...

Amazon will be using 10,000 robots in its warehouses by the end of the year.

CEO Jeff Bezos told investors at a shareholder meeting Wednesday that he expects to significantly increase the number of robots used to fulfill customer orders.

Don't get me wrong - I absolutely love Amazon.  And if robots can get me my stuff faster and less expensively that sounds great.

But what if everyone starts using these kinds of robots?

What will that do to warehouse jobs?

PC World has just done a report on a new warehouse robot known as "UBR-1".  This robot is intended to perform tasks "normally done by human workers"...

The UBR-1 is a 4-foot tall, one-armed robot that could make warehouses and factories more efficient by performing tasks normally done by human workers.

Unlike the industrial robots widely used in manufacturing today—usually large machines isolated from people for safety reasons—this robot can work alongside humans or autonomously in a workspace filled with people.

This little robot costs $50,000, and it can work all day and all night.  It just needs a battery change every once in a while.  The creators of this robot envision it performing a vast array of different tasks...

“We see the robot as doing tasks, they could be dull, they could be dirty, they could be dangerous and doing them repetitively all day in a light manufacturing environment,” said Melonee Wise, Unbounded Robotics CEO and co-founder. Those tasks include stocking shelves, picking up objects and assembling parts.

The UBR-1 isn’t designed for small component assembly, but it can manipulate objects as small as dice or a Lego piece, Wise said. Unbounded Robotics is targeting companies that want some automation to speed up their manufacturing process, but can’t afford to fully automate their businesses.

To many people this may sound very exciting.

But what if a robot like that took your job?

Would it be exciting then?

Of course you can't outlaw robots.  And you can't force companies to hire human workers.

But we could potentially have major problems in our society as jobs at the low end of the wage scale quickly disappear.

According to CNN, restaurants all over the nation are going to automated service, and a recent University of Oxford study concluded that there is a 92 percent chance that most fast food jobs will be automated in the coming years...

Panera Bread is the latest chain to introduce automated service, announcing last month that it plans to bring self-service ordering kiosks as well as a mobile ordering option to all its locations within the next three years. The news follows moves from Chili's and Applebee's to place tablets on their tables, allowing diners to order and pay without interacting with human wait staff at all.

Panera, which spent $42 million developing its new system, claims it isn't planning any job cuts as a result of the technology, but some analysts see this kind of shift as unavoidable for the industry.

In a widely cited paper released last year, University of Oxford researchers estimated that there is a 92% chance that fast-food preparation and serving will be automated in the coming decades.

It is being projected that other types of jobs will soon be automated as well...

Delivery drivers could be replaced en masse by self-driving cars, which are likely to hit the market within a decade or two, or even drones. In food preparation, there are start-ups offering robots for bartending and gourmet hamburger preparation. A food processing company in Spain now uses robots to inspect heads of lettuce on a conveyor belt, throwing out those that don't meet company standards, the Oxford researchers report.

Could you imagine such a world?

When self-driving vehicles take over, what will happen to the 3.1 million Americans that drive trucks for a living?

Our planet is changing at a pace that is almost inconceivable.

Over the past decade, the big threat to our jobs has been workers on the other side of the globe that live in countries where it is legal to pay slave labor wages.

But now even those workers are having their jobs taken away by robots.  For example, just check out what is happening in China...

Foxconn has been planning to buy 1 million robots to replace human workers and it looks like that change, albeit gradual, is about to start.

The company is allegedly paying $25,000 per robot – about three times a worker’s average salary – and they will replace humans in assembly tasks. The plans have been in place for a while – I spoke to Foxconn reps about this a year ago – and it makes perfect sense. Humans are messy, they want more money, and having a half-a-million of them in one factory is a recipe for unrest. But what happens after the halls are clear of careful young men and women and instead full of whirring robots?

Perhaps you think that your job could never be affected because you do something that requires a "human touch" like caring for the elderly.

Well, according to Reuters, robots are moving into that arena as well...

Imagine you're 85, and living alone. Your children are halfway across the country, and you're widowed. You have a live-in aide - but it's not human. Your personal robot reminds you to take your medicine, monitors your diet and exercise, plays games with you, and even helps you connect with family members on the Internet.

And robots are even threatening extremely skilled professions such as doctors.  For instance, just check out this excerpt from a Bloomberg article entitled "Doctor Robot Will See You Shortly"...

Johnson & Johnson proposes to replace anesthesiologists during simple procedures such as colonoscopies -- not with nurse practitioners, but with machines. Sedasys, which dispenses propofol and monitors a patient automatically, was recently approved for use in healthy adult patients who have no particular risk of complications. Johnson & Johnson will lease the machines to doctor’s offices for $150 per procedure -- cleverly set well below the $600 to $2,000 that anesthesiologists usually charge.

And this is just the beginning.  In a previous article, I discussed the groundbreaking study by Dr. Carl Frey and Dr. Michael Osborne of Oxford University which came to the conclusion that 47 percent of all U.S. jobs could be automated within the next 20 years.

47 percent?

That is crazy.

What will the middle class do as their jobs are taken away?

The world that we live in is becoming a radically different place than the one that we grew up in.

The robots are coming, and they are going to take millions of our jobs.

So what do you think of this robot invasion?  Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below...

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  • aghast

    Gay Veteran wants a gay robot.
    Imagine that.

    • Mondobeyondo

      A gay robot? Robots have no sexual orientation and cannot reproduce (although I’m sure someone’s working on that as well. Yikes!!)

      • aghast

        Our gay friends can’t reproduce either (although I’m sure someone’s working on that as well. Yikes!!)

        As for gay robots, it’s all in the programming. (You can be sure someone’s working on THAT. :-)

      • watchmanonthetower

        It’s simply a matter of re-programming the Input Ports, no?

        ~W

        • aghast

          And the outputs.

    • Gay Veteran

      and the bigot puts in his worthless 2 cents

      • aghast

        Not a bigot, not a phobe. I’ve had plenty of gay friends. They’re just not obnoxious like you. You take a lot of heat mainly for being an a-hole, not for being gay. If you get that straight, we’ll all be a lot happier. But it seems that when anyone tries to appeal to you, you might pause for a moment to reflect, then soon you’re right back into your old adversarial rut again.

        Wouldn’t it be nice to have a NICE gay veteran???

        • Gay Veteran

          “Not a bigot, not a phobe. I’ve had plenty of gay friends….”

          ROFLOL, sure you do

          • aghast

            It would be very painful for you to see how wrong you are, Snagglepuss.

          • Gay Veteran

            yeah man, bet you and your Klan buddies got lots of Black friends too

          • aghast

            Gay Vet Wuss Puss Snagglepuss Troll suffers from PTSD.
            Too much action in the barracks.

          • Gay Veteran

            jeez, now I’ve got a stalker troll after me.
            buzz off aghASSt

          • aghast

            GV = Brainless buffoon. Always busy sliming up the blog. Sorry to slow you down, troll.

          • Gay Veteran

            hey Einstein, you’re the one stalking me

          • aghast

            You still don’t get it. One of my very best friends is black. Two of my grandchildren are half-black. Two of my neices are black. My daughter in law is Hispanic. I’m white, and yup, we are a mixed bunch. And yes, I have had gay friends. They’re not heterophobes like you.

          • Gay Veteran

            suuuuuuuuure they are

            now go take your nap and maybe mommy will fix you some cookies

          • aghast

            If this is a slimefest, you win.

          • Gay Veteran

            your momma would win

          • aghast

            Now that is REALLY slimy.
            Do you have any conscience at all?

          • Gay Veteran

            odd question coming from a bigot

          • aghast

            Well you answered it. No conscience. Troll-hole.

          • Gay Veteran

            I need a can of Troll-B-Gone to get rid of aghASSt

          • aghast

            A troll calling another a troll. Cheap reverse-psychology. Everyone in this blog can see thru your ruse.

          • Gay Veteran

            Everyone in this blog can see you’re an a-hole bigot

          • aghast

            Can’t you come up with something original? Don’t you realize how stupid you sound? You don’t care anyway since you troll for Media Matters. But the real tragedy is that you don’t even care about your own soul.

          • Gay Veteran

            boring troll

          • aghast

            “Everyone in this blog can see you’re an a-hole bigot.”

            Looks like I hit a nerve.

          • aghast

            Please keep talking. You undermine yourself far better than anyone else could.

          • aghast

            Now THAT was funny.
            Untrue, but funny.

          • aghast

            English Standard Version
            If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.

            New American Standard Bible
            When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.

            King James Bible
            If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

          • Gay Veteran

            thanks for admitting you’re a fool

          • aghast

            Is that all you got?
            You can to better than that.

          • aghast

            You’re full of it, and you know it.

          • Gay Veteran

            ewwwww, more troll drivel

          • heil hitler

            Hey vet – why are you fighting with this aghast dude so much? In fact, I notice you fighting with pretty much everyone here. Isn’t it time to be a vet and quit fighting the war?
            Peace.

          • Gay Veteran

            you should direct your question to aghast.
            or maybe you are aghast

          • heil hitler

            Nope. Aghast isn’t very bright. But you are both quite entertaining.

          • aghast

            A n d a f t e r b o r r o w i n g y o u r m o t h e r ‘s b e a u ti f u l w h i t e d r e s s, c o u l d n ‘t y o u a t l e a s t w a s h o u t t h e c u m s t a i n s ?

          • aghast

            I realize this will be a real challenge for you to read.
            Take a deep breath, focus, and read s-l-o-w-l-y.

          • Gay Veteran

            more projection from ashASSt

          • aghast

            aghast
            a day ago

            Gay Veteran’s PTSD Song:

            They’re coming to take me away, ha-haaa.
            They’re coming to take me away, ho-ho,hee-hee, ha-haaa. To the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time and I’ll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats and they’re coming to take me away, ha-haaa!!!
            To the happy home, with trees and flowers and chirping birds and basket weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes and they’re coming to take me away, ha-haa!!!To the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time.

            Hammerstrike
            4 hours ago

            He is probably eager to meet the Health Inspector.

            Keywee
            13 hours ago

            Please stop clogging up the comments section with your irrelevant,
            off-topic personal attacks. I visit this site frequently and usually
            enjoy reading the comments, there are people from many walks of life and generally they can discuss issues like adults.

            anon > Keywee
            an hour ago

            I like Gay Veteran’s PTSD Song. It’s funny and makes me smile, especially when put to the right tune. :))

            aghast > Keywee
            10 hours ago

            He is a troll.

            Keywee > aghast
            an hour ago

            And you are not? Usually I ignore trolls and just focus on engaging
            with people who have positive contributions to make. The situation we
            are in worldwide is desperate and we need to realize that we are all in this boat together. Infighting amongst those who are awakened is
            exactly what TBTB want, it takes focus away from the real issues..

            aghast > Keywee
            10 minutes ago

            No, I’m not a troll. If you read thru the blogs, you will see that what I’m saying is true. I have gone after one troll (GV) because he is really bad and treats everyone with extreme disdain. It’s not about the gay thing, if
            you happen to be.. you have no need to defend him.

            “Usually I ignore trolls and just focus on engaging with people who have positive contributions to make.”

            I totally agree with you. But this is EXACTLY what GV has been against all along. I guess I just got tired of it.
            Sorry about that.

            I’ve pretty much wrapped things up with him. I’d like to say “truce”, but
            he’s not capable of it. If you don’t believe what I’m saying, try having a
            rational conversation with him sometime.

            aghast
            9 hours ago

            “When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.”

            Mike Smithy > aghast
            6 hours ago

            You are right. The foolish and disingenuous man will never engage with a logical argument supported by facts and balanced with critical
            thinking skills.

            aghast > Mike Smithy
            6 hours ago

            Well said. But in this case it’s worse. We have an absolute troll on
            our hands, who calls others trolls. I know not all will appreciate it,
            but I’ve gone after him to leave you guys free to blog. He’s only here to argue, not learn, grow or exchange good ideas. He is here for the sole purpose of disrupting. Even his name is meant to provoke. But it’s really not about him being gay. That’s a sideshow. (Most folks don’t really care). It’s really about snide, inflammatory remarks, causing commotion and getting everyone off track. Notice – my quarrel is with him alone. His quarrel is with everyone.

            aghast
            9 hours ago

            I’m not the wise man, but some of you are, and you will all get your turn arguing with this troll.

            Mondobeyondo > aghast
            21 hours ago

            Love that song!!
            (Napoleon XiV, 1966. Banned in several countries for its content)

            aghast > Mondobeyondo
            9 hours ago

            Gay Vet Snagglepuss Troll should be banned from Michael’s blogs. Notice he conflicts with everyone?

            Malcolm Reynolds > aghast
            9 hours ago

            LMAO! Love the song.
            True, he’s a troll and he and I conflict OFTEN, but I, for one, prefer it that way. You cant honestly tell me that you read those long conflicts and you don’t come away (at least sometimes) with a point you hadn’t considered or a better understanding of just how serious the cognitive dissonance is with those clowns. Let the left be the fascists.

          • aghast

            Are you playing the victim Gay card? You’re better than that.

          • Gay Veteran

            you forgot to say one of your VERY best friends is Jewish

          • aghast

            Your depravity and bad taste knows no bounds.

          • Gay Veteran

            your skills at projection are amazing

  • Mondobeyondo

    Some benefits of having robots perform human jobs:
    - They could care less about wages
    - They never sleep, eat or go to the restroom
    - They never take breaks
    - They never get sick (although they do break down)
    - Repetitive tasks? No problem!
    - Your boss… is whoever programmed you.

    Now, about us humans…
    I won’t jump the gun and say that we’re all doomed…

  • Zenithon

    Don’t worry Michael, in the future people will probably voluntarily implant themselves with so many computerized/robotic parts that they will hardly be able to distinguish themselves from their robotic brethren.

  • davidmpark

    What I’m reading from the article and from people posting here is very disturbing, and not in the way many are thinking.

    These assembly droids have been around for decades. My ex-father worked for a local company called Eaton-Kenway that built these robotic assembly and warehouse lines. The last time I was in his office was back in 1985. That’s how old this technology is. I also got to see how to machines were built and how they were centrally and semi-autonomously controlled.

    I really want to address some aspects of this technology: it’s an improvement, but it’s still flawed and will never reach total autonomy. I’ve argued this before and I stand by my original statements. The more complex a droid becomes, the more humans are needed to keep it going. Parts wear out, programming gets junked, and surges fry circuits – we cannot overcome that.

    Now, this doesn’t mean people will be out of work: people need to be what’s makes us all awesome – we need to be flexible and retrain. Flipping burgers for a living is lousy anyway, why not become the technician for the robotic McDonald’s? The more they cut costs and bring in customers, the more profit made, the more expansion must take place. And if their products flop, then they fail – the technician can work somewhere else. That’s the nature of our lives.

    And for those who are complaining about population control and killing off people; shut it! We are experiencing a worldwide population decrease. In a developed, industrial nation a replacement birthrate of 2.1 children per man/woman is needed to keep up the status quo. In nations with higher mortality rates, socialists, high poverty, and dictators need a replacement of 3.5 children per man/woman to keep up the population. Right now, Japan’s birthrate per 1000 people is 8.3 children born. Russia per 1000 people is 12.6 children born. The US per 1000 people is 12.7 children born. This is pathetic! We have an aging population that cannot be supported. And what of the children; can they come into their own in time to support you? We’re facing total collapse – this is not the time to stop having children, but to lift those rules, regulations, and attitudes that punish breeding.

    We have no choice but to go with droids for labor as there’s not enough people in the foreseeable future to handle running a civilization! But, there may not be enough children to replace us right now to keep the robots working…

    • Zenithon

      What you are saying is true for now, but you are assuming that there will never be a robot that can repair other robots.

      As far as the depopulation argument, we live in an age where body parts are quickly becoming replaceable and genetic research could very well find a way to end or dramaticaly slow aging, so what happens if the average lifespan doubles or triples?

      I’m not saying that this necessarily leads to doomsday. Our technology may very well lead to the most incredible time in human history, but when we live in an age with technological weaponry that can kill millions upon millions at a time, the chances are far greater than at any other time in history that it all could end very badly. Those that are worried or cautious about the possibility of a technalogical doomsday scenario taking place may be our only hope of it not happening.

      • davidmpark

        No, I won’t be assuming robots will be repairing other robots someday. The more complicated the robot, the more people it takes to repair it. They are tools that can only think mathematically. Do you work with robotics? Seriously, it’s fun. And working with them will give you a better understanding of their nature.

        As for cloning; I’m not going to trust it for a loooong time. We are still working out what in the human body does what. I’ve often spoken of my wife’s TBI, and what she’s facing. Doctor’s and Specialist’s right now cannot repair the brain – they’re still trying to figure out how it even works. When we can repair all parts of the human body, then I will think mankind ready to clone. As for body parts, that technology is in it’s infancy. It’s good stuff, but only a few parts can be done right now. It’s not going to be good enough to keep the elderly in the workforce unfortunately. We needed those children.

        I’ve heard of this “Singularity” for a while, but I don’t believe it’s possible. Far too many variables and we don’t have the funding nor the maturity to pull it off. But I do think we’re going to collapse and not do what’s right to fix it now.

    • rentslave

      The problem is this equation:Roe v Wade+AFDC=Feral population.

      • Gezzer50

        That’s a pretty broad statement, do you have any data to back that up? As well do you understand what feral means? It means an animal that was tame, but has reverted back to a wild state and therefore because of previously being tame has no fear of humans. I feel there’s a lot more to it than what you suggest.

  • Mondobeyondo

    !. This hurts. It cuts to the core…
    2. Please get it over with. Now. NOW.

    How does it feel to have your world rocked?
    By unemployment, or something similar?

    Well….
    Fun for a while. After about 6-8 months it’s hell.

  • Jay Sprueill

    Another scam story to take your mind off the real world issues. The puppet masters are preparing to depopulate the world so who gives a ripp how many robots they build, we are all robots in the eyes of the powers at hand. THE SKY IS FALLING. Seriously, we are living in the end times.

  • watchmanonthetower

    According to Siemens, there’s no beer robot being planned. I must say, this is disappointing. As a fan of Science Fiction for more than 40 years, I was really looking forward to it. Guess we’ll have to accept beer drones.

    Oh, well; resistance is futile, I hear.

    ~Watchman

  • Barn Cat

    I don’t believe it at all. The “robots” of today are either robot simulators, toys, or programmable arms. We’re much further away from real robots than the average person realises.

    • danbax

      so all the videos of big dog robot, asimo, packbot the army uses, are all fake?

  • Jose Chavez

    How can you sell anything if half the stuff your selling people can’t buy because they have no jobs…

    • Undecider

      They have a solution for that too. It’s called eugenics and depopulation. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, along with the Rockefeller, Hewlett Foundation and Packard Foundation (among others) are hard at work making that dream a reality.

  • GSOB

    Robots don’t need to breath

  • asdasdasdsdirsāā

    Most of the jobs are already replaced by robotics.. This should be banned, else huge crisis ahead.

  • Cadros

    For those unfamiliar with the concept; post-scarcity economies are an idea of an advanced society where money is no longer necessary. 99.9% of the workforce in such an economy would be entirely roboticized. Artificial Intelligence would run our societies infrastructure, better and more efficient than any human could. Advertising wouldn’t be necessary either. If one has unlimited scarcity, you don’t have to compete for resources.

    The idea of what it means to be a human in a society would be turned on its head. Many of us define who we are by what we make of ourselves in terms of a career, and if working is voluntary (or even counterproductive to a machine), new ways of defining a person’s would have to be considered. Natural intelligence, artistry, creativity – especially design, knowledge accumulation, or whatever. I hope it happens!

  • tfusco2

    If this happens WHO WILL BUY THE PRODUCTS the little robots make?

    • Zzzz

      Guys on welfare… Well it would be called “guaranteed minimum income”.

      So no biggie!

  • Phil Faxio

    The author states that he “absolutely loves Amazon.” How ironic that he disparages robots that soon will kill jobs but praises Amazon who did the same by killing the local bookstores like Borders.
    I stand proud that I have never used Amazon and always buy my consumer goods from local merchants. So many people talk about the importance of locally sourced food or groceries, but that same is true of just about anything you buy.
    Not only will Amazon automate their warehouses, they will also follow the lead of the car companies and outsource those warehouses from America to the cheapest locations on Earth. Oh, look honey, we saved 2 dollars on this new cookbook and helped the job sector in Bangladesh at the same time!!

  • Luther

    The losers of society can be recycled as food. More adaptable species such as cockroaches and flies will thrive.

  • mikeb666

    If your going to make babies, you better make sure that that they can be educated to a level of education hwere they won’t be useless or redundant. Stop being selfish and making babies because, of cultural or family pressure, or worse because you want someone to take care ot you when your old. You better wake up people, there is a harsh new world coming. Humans are in the same position that horses were in at the end of the 19th century.

    • Gezzer50

      Actually the birth rates here in Canada have been failing for years, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that was true of most of the developed nations.

  • Gezzer50

    I have a number of misgivings on this subject. I know it’s inevitable, so we need to get used to the idea, and plan accordingly, but there’s one question in all this that no one asks. One of the human race’s best traits is our adaptability.

    We have an innate sense in identifying a problem and taking corrective steps, even if these steps are a totally new method never thought of before. On the other hand computers, and by extension robots, while they can appear adaptable, aren’t really. If who ever does the programming doesn’t account for something a robot will be stuck when it’s encountered, unable to proceed or worse proceeding when they shouldn’t. That’s kind of bad.

    But take it a step further and it could be very scary. For example would a robot flipping burgers recognize that the meat or lettuce was off? How? And what happens if it makes a 100, or a 1000 burgers before someone notices that there’s flies walking all over the meat? Or it has a rancid smell that is gone after cooking? Or what happens if the robot anesthesiologist encounters something outside it’s programming?

    Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that humans are infallible and robots are not. But humans can quickly adapt when something out of the ordinary happens and robots can’t. So do we really want to take the chance where some really major human health issues are concerned, or will there be human overseers monitoring the robots? I’d suggest at first there will be, but after a point even their wages will look like an unneeded expense, and then the potential for a major disaster is very real IMHO.

  • Sandbagger

    “But what if a robot like that took your job?”

    Good question. If you’re a parent of a child still to decide upon their future employment, you may want to direct them to Spacely Sprockets.

    (Not kidding.)

    The technology is here and won’t go away. It’s up to us to adapt.

    • Sandbagger

      YouTube: Working for Mr. Spacely

      DS just told me he doesn’t want everyone to become fat because robots take over like they did in the movie WALL-E. :)

  • Brother Tim

    To this all comes from inflation. everyone needs more and more money to survive. The money lords and their dealers are pushing all this fake money all around the world and we are getting the effects of inflation. They can rise minimum wages to 20 dollars an hour but soon that wont be enough. inflation is destroying every thing we enjoy because its cost so much money. That is why they want those robots and cheep cheep labor. We seen even in China cheep labor will be taken over by robots. What did that President say if you give them control of the money they steal the cloths off your backs. I think something like that. That is whats happening folks. Unless we remove these central banks and start to take control of our life again things will continue to get worst.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Bought and sold to you by the very people who told you “technology will make your lives easier!” some 30-35 years ago. And we all lapped it up, like kittens that just discovered a milk fountain.

    Robots won’t make our lives easier. More complicated, yes. Easier?

    Automation has been in existence ever since Henry Ford established his assembly line means of production. No doubt whatsoever that his idea made for faster produced cars, etc.

    In the end, is it good for us, Mr. and Mrs. John Doe? Don’t know.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Has anyone ever thought of programming robots to kill terrorists?

    (reason why not: One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. Or vice versa. Or.. who knows? This world is so upside down)

    • Undecider

      Who dictates who the terrorists are? The government that creates the terrorists?

  • Snagglepusbucket

    “Of course you can’t outlaw robots. And you can’t force companies to hire human workers.”

    You most damn-certainly *can*, if the consequence is that “we could potentially have major problems in our society as jobs at the low end of the wage scale quickly disappear.”

    All that’s needed is political will that’s tied to the well-being of the populace rather than the profits of the corporations. Duh.

  • Mondobeyondo

    We’re all going to be robots someday. At least, that’s how the “master plan” of those in charge goes. Obey or die.That is what they want.

    Don’t think it can happen here? The land of the free, home of the brave? Look up “Georgia Guidestones” on your favorite search engine.

    Hey Alice, how are you enjoying your trip through Horrorland?

  • Steve

    Having been in the accounting industry for over 25 years, I can tell you that the move today is to the cloud. Companies that provide IAAS, PAAS and SAAS are taking the infastructure out of the work place and integrating applications with accounting software that will replace the A/P clerk and other clerical jobs once preformed by mid-level workers. The objective is persistant data. Accounting information that flows without much human intervention to the books and integrates the information into the accounting system. Remember the IT people who used to work at your company? Gone. Infastructure As A Service. IAAS. Remember having to update your software and keep you computer up to date with Virus protection? Software AS A Service. Your program is hosted remotely, maintained and protected by someone else. No IT people, no worry about updating software or purchasing or protecting it. Something to think about.

    • Anonymous

      Imagine…..Accountants, Mathematicians, and Scientists that are easily swapped for machines. Many STEM people that I have met have been void of any human emotion, compassion, or empathy and have let everyone else in the room know how superior they were to us humans, even going as far to laugh at those of us that felt something when we admired art or literature. So, robots won’t be much of a change, in my opinion.

  • yhwhzson

    After reading the tasks that the UBR-1 does or is capable of doing. One should ask this question. Are robots replacing us, or were we being made robots out of until these electrical dummies came online. To put it more embarrassingly blunt. Were we the meantime dummies until the ultimate dummies were brought online.

    I did notice that on the list of problem-less perks that the so called majestic workers of the future would bring to the industry they fail to mention the most important. Revenue!
    Robots don’t buy anything. And with the mere mortal worker not having work, therefore a paycheck, who will purchase the products these electrical dummies will produce?

    It reminds me of the Initiator of the Nobel Peace Prize Alfred Nobel. Father of bomb making. His philosophy behind the prize was to in some way contribute to the elimination of the need of bombs (my take).

    And yet with all of the awardings of this prize named after him the world has built bigger bombs. The atom bomb was worked on ironically by Nobel Peace Prize winners.

    My point. Another case just like the robots replacing people of a process full of thought to be genius coming full circle and reflecting utter stupidity.

    The children of Israel traveled for 40 years in the wilderness until all the generation of fools died out. Robotic workers is the equivalent of the same in the wilderness of economy!

  • frank1569

    Date night; You grab cash from the bank-bot, use the ‘self checkout’ cashier-bot to purchase a frozen pizza (made by factory-bots) at the grocery, pick up a movie from the red DVD-bot.

    The robots aren’t coming – they’re here, and we love em.

  • Thomas

    At the risk of stating the obvious; Your employees are my customers and my employees are your customers. So when all the employees are gone, so are all the customers. The government may have to step in because employees pay taxes but robots are on a depreciation schedule.

  • JI

    My dream is robots that will pick crops. On those are invented, hen maybe the Republicans won’t support more Democrat-voting immigrants.

  • RedPillPlease

    What immediately came to mind reading this particular subject is the Georgia Guidestones (and there is much information written about them). Now before jumping to any conclusions, this was a multimillion dollar project, under the designs by a character using the phony name of R. C. Christian who said he represented a group who wished to remain anonymous. That in itself should raise some questions, but this “monument” is made of solid granite, astronomically aligned with the north star and the noon passing of the sun. It is more than obvious that quite some time was invested in just the design structure. But the main vertical slabs themselves reveal a sort of twisted 10 Commandments in eight different languages with the first one reading: “Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.”

    Another tablet states: “Let these be guidestones to an age of reason,” a clear reference to American outcast Thomas Paine, who received large condemnation from his work; “The Age of Reason”. BTW, it was Benjamin Franklin who offered stern advice to Paine, in that his book never be published, realizing the backlash it could bring upon him … which did occur. In fact, after Paine’s death, there was not a single church who would offer a burial plot on their grounds. He ended up by being buried on his own small farm with just a few people attending, having lived the rest of his days in poverty and suffering from alcholism.

    I’ll just stop here and allow you to make your own conclusions, with consideration to the global state of affairs, including our own.

  • Lfc88

    How is anyone going to pay for stuff if they don’t work. all well and good reducing your costs but if nobody can afford to pay for anything then you have no business it’s when the robots start building themselves or doing there own repair work then worry because the elite will then kill everybody.

  • Undecider

    Pure fantasy! Let’s just get government out of the way so we can determine our own futures. I don’t need technologists and futurists telling me how to live my life. The robots can be driven straight to the shredders.

  • ForrestByers

    I am not aware that the Lord Jesus Christ is or ever was a Marxist socialist redistributionist, but taught about the salvation of individual souls. The example being the “Good Samaritan” being essentially an individual laying on the side of the road is bypassed by several, including a Levite (a tribe who had responsibilities to the overseeing of religious practices having to do with the Temple Or House of the Lord, while a man of social outcast (a Samaritan) not only shows compassion, tending and caring, but takes the man up, delivers him to an innkeeper, gives provision for his care. When he must go away, he bids the innkeeper to care for the wayward stranger until his return so he might give just recompense for the man’s care. This is the compassion of an individual heart as well as a ensample and similitude of the sacrifice as well as the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, for the sins of the world, including yours and mine.
    As for my character, all I can say is neither one of us knows the other, except by whatever little rhetorical light is shown by our verbal examples. As for my compassion and charity towards others… I will leave that for the Lord and I to know and you, my good friend, to wonder about!

  • ThinkingHurtsAndImTired

    with my low iq of 145, my poverty level i was born with
    and of course im still in poverty,
    cause of all the made up you owe me everything laws
    no breaks no family no help
    but of course i am happy to support, the super rich welfare class. who are struggling with things they need like there own self created problem of the day.
    And who’s sole purpose seems to be to make everyone miserable and build a system were no one realizes they are being f^^^kd monitarily
    into supporting a few on system based on bs and illusions.
    But its ok cause
    im happy with my fellow poor suckers
    who worry about things like
    drugs celebrity’s and doing the right thing
    such as becoming the people who are f**kn them ect…

    Hey hand me that knife … thanks.
    ya you can go ahead you can turn around,
    me na im not salty. honest i can relate
    “i was a god in my own mind once too”
    sides im totally indoctrinated completely fooled
    would never research whats up.
    “hey hand me that fork” …
    thanks … “bites food” …listens…
    um humm
    you wanna change the world that’s why people need to suffer … um humm
    not enough.. food air land stuff… um humm
    “good food”
    and kill the poor, robots, laws, depopulate umm humm
    and not be affected yourself ….
    “that was a good steak”
    well…

    it all sounds good to me

    but i have a better idea why not just do everyone together
    …places fork softly on table… “Ahhhh all done”

  • dbtunr

    So learn the skills necessary to build the robots, program the robots, power the robots, or maintain the robots. Electrical Engineer, Software Eng, Mechanical Eng come to mind

  • Stephanie S

    Where will the robots live? Excuse me, be housed. Tax each company per robot and for any extra facility that houses them. All maintenance for robots is taxable also. Each new robot incurs an “installation” tax while each robot taken out of service is taxed at the redundancy rate. Robot disposal facilities must be licensed and pay taxes. Robot Inspectors must be employed by state and Federal govt. to monitor robot use and taxation. Seeeee… it’s all good.

  • Dude

    Learn how to write code, get a math or engineering degree and you can be a robot master

  • DerpDerp

    That’s a foolish statement to make. “People will end up boycotting places that have no human service”.
    Walmart pays its staff poorly. Everyone knows that. Yet millions of Americans still shop there because the prices are the cheapest around.
    China makes cheap junk, made by poorly paid workers with little to no protections. Yet millions of Americans still buy the junk because the prices are the cheapest around.
    What makes you think that Americans will boycott a store that can offer cheaper products/services because of robots?
    Again, I say, your statement is foolish and unrealistic. People are greedy and will sacrifice much to save a few pennies.

  • KDanagger

    All of this fear and hatred of robots is coming about as a result of people becoming increasingly lazy and unwilling to invest the time in themselves to become a tool-maker, rather than a “tool”.
    The scientists and engineers who create better and more efficient ways of producing things (including robots) ARE the people who have brought us out of the dark ages of repetitive, boring, and often dangerous human labor.
    It is absolute insanity to continue to waste human capital in those type of jobs when humans have to capacity to do much more than that.
    The key is to embrace the future, not fear it. Technology is not the enemy. Technology is nothing more than an collection of man-made tools of ever increasing complexity.

    One final fact – it is not necessary to spend hundreds or even tens of thousands of dollars (which you may not have) to attend a university to learn engineering. All of the information that you need to learn and succeed is available on the screen you are currently looking at.

    All you need is drive, ambition, and the courage to make the decision to better yourself, and invest in your own human capital.

  • matthewcornellthomas@gmail.com

    good with a robot slave I can program to do everything from weed the garden to do brain surgery on me I don’t need a job or money. if I need money I will put a stock market chip , really nothing changes if you are rich you get a robot at birth that will succeed for you. if you are poor then you can go learn from a public robot. plus I scratch off the serial number and program it to forage with extreme prejudice. whoever has the best robot rules the world. all praise unit 2200 the one that does the math and decides to cut back on the population of useless resource draining humans. at least the new and improved supercomputer God will reply to our email prayers.as humans we have always invented Gods to petition . when a robot takes care of all your needs who needs a God. I can’t wait I’m getting mine with the optional revolution chip. it will be fun and I say these thing in the name of the most high creator, father, and perfectly fair and just unit 2200.ok gotta go cops love to harass the homeleas. I wonder if cop robots will be programed to hate the poor like real cops

  • k-b

    Companies should be required to pay payroll taxes on these robots of at least minimum wage of the amount of human workers they replaced: social security, Medicare, l & I, unemployment insurance and new taxes to support technologically long term unemployed humans.

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