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 […]

Cisco survey outlines six dominant trends in workforce of the future

Cisco survey outlines six dominant trends in workforce of the future

DISRUPTIVE digital and related technologies are transforming the workforce in Thailand and other countries in an unprecedented way with workplace and workers’ expectations shifting to a new paradigm, according to a new survey of US-based Cisco Systems.

Citing the latest findings of Workforce Experience 2020, Michael Koons, senior vice president for global system engineering and technology, said in an interview that the survey shows six trends will likely dominate the workforce of the future.

Due to the disruptive technologies, today’s workers are increasingly mobile, contract-based and technology-savvy so companies have to re-manage their real estate and office space as […]

Employee’s safety is vital in a workplace

Employee’s safety is vital in a workplace

17:37 Today Taken from/By: FBC News Report by: Savaira Tabua Work related injuries, illnesses and deaths impose costs on employers, workers and community.

According to the International Labour Organization report there are 12 work related injuries every second and 325 work related deaths each day.

Employment Minister Jone Usamate while delivering his ministerial statement yesterday confirmed given these alarming statistics,it is important for organizations to consider the various ways they can make employee safety a priority . “Over a few decades there has been rapid uptake of automation /artificial intelligence and wide discussions on fears about its transformation of the […]

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 […]

Future Forum: There is a disconnect between technology experts and policymakers

Future Forum: There is a disconnect between technology experts and policymakers

The National Future Forum brought some of the world’s leading thinkers to Abu Dhabi to discuss the challenges of the future. Chris Whiteoak / The National Last week, I had the privilege and good fortune to attend the Future Forum , organised on the occasion of The National ’s 10-year anniversary.

The event brought together technologists and policymakers in an intimate setting to explore what the future has in store for us. I was blown away, to say the least.

Presentations focused on subjects as far-ranging as human brain enhancement to the future of money, cities, education and journalism, among a […]

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 […]

AUTOMATION, JOBS AND DEPRESSION

AUTOMATION, JOBS AND DEPRESSION

By Haddon Libby

When you hear government statistics touting the lowest unemployment rate in history at 3.9%, it should be remembered that this number includes only 63% of all working age adults. The other 37% are deemed to be not looking for work whether they are in fact looking or not if they have been out of work for more than 15 weeks (an arbitrary number used to make unemployment numbers look better). Termed the Labor Participation Rate, the United States is currently near its lowest levels of workforce participation in history. When you add back people who have been […]