First new all-electric mine dumps diesel; cuts costs, pollution

A worker walks underground at Goldcorp Inc’s Borden all-electric gold mine near Chapleau, Ontario, Canada, June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Watt By Susan Taylor and Barbara Lewis

CHAPLEAU, Ontario/LONDON (Reuters) – Hundreds of feet below thick boreal forest blanketing the Canadian Shield, a squad of near-silent, battery-powered machines are tunneling toward gold in a multimillion-dollar mining experiment to ditch diesel.

Goldcorp Inc is building the world’s first new all-electric mine, a high-stakes gambit to replace noisy, fume-belching equipment being closely watched by a diesel-dependent industry.A rough-hewn tunnel, some 800 feet underground, seems an incongruous setting for revolutionary technology, but front-line workers call […]

The future world of work is changing

The future world of work is changing

‘How can the learners and students of today ensure that they are prepared for future work roles that can’t yet even be clearly defined?’ asks the writer (John McCann) For most people, the year 2028 seems like the very distant future. But when you consider that 18 years have already passed since the prospect of a new millennium had the world in a panic over what would happen to their computers and data, the next 10 years are sure to fly by at a similarly eye-watering pace.

Although the number of days a year is never going to change, the […]

Voice – The Interface Between Supply Chain Tech and Humans

Voice – The Interface Between Supply Chain Tech and Humans

It’s the era of the new consumer.

We must adapt supply chains rapidly to meet customer expectations. Trends like reverse logistics, same-day-delivery and mobility result in new business models, stressed logistics systems and deconsolidating networks. We’re also in the midst of a shrinking talent pool. Competing with rising wages and attractive employment alternatives for this generation is pivotal in landing the top talent.

How do we handle this? By evolving our operations with the tools and technologies of the automated and connected supply chain of the future. This means meeting the demands of the next-generation consumer and the tech-savvy worker with […]

Fear Not, Truckers: Robot Replacements Are Decades Away

Fear Not, Truckers: Robot Replacements Are Decades Away

The truck drivers who stand to lose their jobs to automated-driving technology? Many of them haven’t been born yet.

For all of today’s fretting over the potential for massive unemployment associated with the deployment of self-driving vehicles, a report issued last week by a transportation-policy think tank says the first ripples from automation won’t reach the labor market until the mid-2030s. Widespread impact won’t occur for more than a quarter of a century.

Even then, the report, published by Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), suggests job impacts will be minimal rather than a catalyst for broad economic turmoil. The SAFE think […]

Covering Workers in a Robust Economy

Covering Workers in a Robust Economy

The rise of automation and the gig-economy are still no threat when it comes to traditional work. (Photo credit: Pixaabay, user skeeze) The rise of automation, coupled with the gig-economy, has left many fearing an automated apocalypse with robots displacing human. The truth is, well, we’re not quite there yet.

Yes, in certain jobs humans are being replaced by automated computers, but in the U.S. workers are still needed to perform jobs and fill positions. Human capital is still a valuable investment for companies across the country.

While the economy is growing, there are untold stories behind employment numbers that can […]

To Re-Skill For AI, Put Your Imagination To Work

To Re-Skill For AI, Put Your Imagination To Work

A recent survey of 1,200 executives across the financial services industry by Accenture finds 74% of executives see artificial intelligence reshaping their industry. The report’s authors, lead by Ellyn Shook, estimate that between 2018 and 2022, banks that invest in AI and human-machine collaboration at the same rate as top-performing businesses could boost their revenue by an average of 34 percent and their employment levels by 14 percent. But it takes investment in people – AI is taking over many tasks, but skilled people are needed to either create or train these systems, or to augment them. Tellingly, there […]

Making a case for artificial intelligence in the legal profession

Making a case for artificial intelligence in the legal profession

Automation can help – not hinder – a sector which still needs the human touch

“In the past year or so we’ve seen the legal market’s understanding of the strengths as well as limitations of AI mature in a very constructive way.” Did you hear the one about the affordable yet efficient human lawyer and its robot counterpart? One is complete myth and will never happen while the other might be just around the corner thanks to artificial intelligence (AI).

I couldn’t help myself. Everybody loves a silly lawyer joke but the joke may be on us because the lawyer […]

Public overwhelmingly rejecting robots, finds UK Robotics Week report

Public overwhelmingly rejecting robots, finds UK Robotics Week report

With UK Robotics Week upon us, UK-RAS has released a survey trumpeting public support for the technology. However, the results reveal the exact reverse, says Chris Middleton.

A fifth of UK adults believe we are co-existing in harmony with robots, according to a new survey, while nearly one-quarter (24 percent) believe that there is much more scope for robots to be included in everyday society.

Over one-third of people (35 percent) would feel comfortable with having robots around the house, it says.The research, commissioned and given a positive spin by UK-RAS – the umbrella organisation for UK robotics and autonomous […]

Auto to See More Robots

Auto to See More Robots

Kristin Dziczek is vice president of the Industry, Labor, & Economics group of the Center for Automotive Research Automotive is one of the most highly-automated industries in the world, and it has been a leading force in expanding the use of industrial automation for decades. In fact, the first industrial robot in production was a Unimation UNIMATE that GM installed on a die-casting line in New Jersey in 1962.

Developments such as the Stanford Arm and MIT’s Silver Arm that were initially deployed in automotive led to widespread proliferation of industrial automation in the US auto industry throughout the 1970s […]

Elon Musk: Universal income will be necessary over time if AI takes over most human jobs

Elon Musk: Universal income will be necessary over time if AI takes over most human jobs

In a true visionary style, Elon Musk, the technology titan, tweeted that
universal basic income (UBI), or cash handed out to people regardless of their employment status, will be necessary, in the future, if Artificial Intelligence (AI) takes over most human jobs.
Universal income will be necessary over time if AI takes over most human jobs
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 15, 2018 Last week, a Twitter user had asked Musk if he supported universal basic
income, to which he replied, ‘Universal income will be necessary over time if AI takes over most human jobs.’ In November 2016, in […]