Confronting a smoothie-making robot

Confronting a smoothie-making robot

(Melissa Holman/Getty) Face to face with a robot that could destroy millions of jobs, I pondered: Be this angelbot or devilbot?

The vision of the future changes from decade to decade, but some predictions have remained static for generations. Case in point: robots. Early 20th-century writers like L. Frank Baum and Ambrose Bierce predicted their rise, and they are still seen as an inevitable part of the future.

So when I received an invitation to view “the world’s first fully autonomous robotic [smoothie] station,” I cleared my schedule. I wanted to see — and taste — the future. The company […]

Robots, Employment And The Mis-Measurement Of Productivity

Robots, Employment And The Mis-Measurement Of Productivity

‘I am convinced that the substitution of machinery for human labour is often very injurious to the interests of the class of labourers’. While Marx, writing only a few decades later, envisaged a time when man would be enabled to: – ‘…to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticise after dinner… without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, herdsman or critic.’ As for Keynes essay on the, ‘Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren’, his optimism is laudable if laughable – 15-hour working week anyone?

The paranoia continues, nonetheless – The Economist – A study finds nearly […]

Real automation bias

Real automation bias

So I quickly read an email summary of a paper where researchers from Ball State and Villanova universities suggested that the fear of automation could be affecting workers’ physical and mental health .

Really? Maybe it’s because I’m a Purdue University graduate, but I think, if you just change the words “robot” and “automation” in the study to any one of about a thousand different things, you would get the same results. I’m biased, right?

It kind of reminds me of the fake emails many used to get that sounded real and appeared to be written by an important official, so […]

Artificial Intelligence Is Changing The Way We Work [Infographic]

Artificial Intelligence Is Changing The Way We Work [Infographic]

The nature of work is changing. From the introduction of industrial robots, to the growth of artificial intelligence, more jobs are disappearing or being taken over by technology. How will your business be affected?

Robotics have been slowly taking over jobs in industrial manufacturing for years. In the 1990s, there was less than one industrial robot for each one thousand workers. By the 2000s, there were more than two-and-a-half. It’s no surprise that robots are appealing to manufacturers, with 1 robot doing the work of nearly 6 people, robotics are a great way to cut operating costs.

Overtime, the value of […]

Are Low-skilled Jobs More Vulnerable to Automation?

Are Low-skilled Jobs More Vulnerable to Automation?

The following is an excerpt from GigaOm publisher Byron Reese’s new book, The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity . You can purchase the book here .

The Fourth Age explores the implications of automation and AI on humanity, and has been described by Ethernet inventor and 3Com founder Bob Metcalfe as framing “the deepest questions of our time in clear language that invites the reader to make their own choices. Using 100,000 years of human history as his guide, he explores the issues around artificial general intelligence, robots, consciousness, automation, the end of […]

Latest in robotics, technology gets the spotlight at TechCrunch Sessions

Latest in robotics, technology gets the spotlight at TechCrunch Sessions

The field of robotics is gaining more attention than ever before, especially when combined with artificial intelligence.

At the recent “TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics” event, technologists showcased the latest advancements.

CGTN’s Mark Niu reports. At the University of California, Berkeley, TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics 2018 gave us a glimpse of the future. Boston Dynamics’s showed how its dog-like robot called SpotMini, can map the world and climb objects like stairs. You might have the chance to own it soon. While there’s no price yet, the company plans to start selling it commercially next year.At the event, University of California Los Angeles researchers unveiled […]

Three-in-five young Australians in the dark about mining careers: survey

Three-in-five young Australians in the dark about mining careers: survey

Australian mining needs to be promoted as an attractive career. More than half of young Australians know nothing about a career in mining, according to research from youth agency, YouthInsight.

The agency, which represents 1061 senior high school students and first-year university students aged between 15 and 20, found that knowledge of mining careers was extremely low, with 59 per cent of those involved in the research knowing nothing.

Additionally, the research revealed that just 30 per cent of students were interested in a career in mining or the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sectors.Despite mining and METS providing 1.1 […]

Women are less likely to be replaced by robots and might even benefit from automation

Women are less likely to be replaced by robots and might even benefit from automation

Research shows women are better positioned than men to resist the automation of work and possibly even benefit from it.

Women are overrepresented in industries that require high levels of social skills and empathy (such as nursing, teaching and care work), where it would be difficult to replace a human worker with automation. Women in advanced economies also have, on average, higher levels of education and digital literacy, giving them a comparative advantage in a labour market that is continuously transformed by technological innovation.

Read more: Why we should start taxing the robots that are taking human jobs The fear […]

How to prepare for AI in the workplace

How to prepare for AI in the workplace

Tweet Artificial Intelligence

Mention artificial intelligence, and most people think one of two things – either “it’s science fiction” or “robots are going to steal our jobs”. Now it’s true that when it comes to the workplace, AI stands to significantly change the daily work environment, but that change is much more likely to mean increased efficiency and productivity, and not the doom and gloom that many claim. In fact, recent research suggests that robots create jobs – a study by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research […]

Millennials reveal they aren’t prepared for Industry 4.0 and the rise of automation

Millennials reveal they aren't prepared for Industry 4.0 and the rise of automation

BUSINESS Millennials reveal they aren’t prepared for Industry 4.0 and the rise of automation

A new global survey has revealed what millennials and Gen Z are actually afraid of. Photo / 123RF Millennials and Gen Z are worried their jobs will be replaced by robots.

And with the "gig economy" already becoming more popular as a viable alternative to full-time employment, more are likely to leave their current jobs anyway, new research shows.The 2018 Deloitte Millennial Survey reveals just how much of an impact Industry 4.0 is having on millennials and Gen Z.While these generations are "highly aware" of […]