Android clone v human: will you be able to tell the difference at work?

Android clone v human: will you be able to tell the difference at work?

Robotics scientist Prof Hiroshi Ishiguro with ‘Geminoid’, a prototype of a doppelganger-type android modelled on himself. Photograph: Evertt Kennedy Brown/epa/Corbis Prof Hiroshi Ishiguro – director, Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University, Japan, and named one of the top 100 living geniuses by Synetics in 2007 – is a very busy man. So busy, he practically needs a clone to keep up with his work schedule, something many of us have wished for in our own lives.

But Ishiguro created one – a near-perfect mechanical likeness of silicon skin, actuators, electronics and his own hair – which he operates remotely via […]

Half the jobs are going

“The notion that Uber in London is a mosaic of 30,000 small businesses linked by a common “platform” is, to our minds, faintly ridiculous,” said one of the judges on the employment tribunal.

So the tribunal ruled that Uber’s 30,000 drivers in London were actually employees, and therefore entitled to be paid the minimum wage, to be given sick pay, even to have paid holidays.

Uber promptly appealed the ruling, because it would wreck its business model in the United Kingdom and, if the example spreads, worldwide.But it was only a temporary victory for workers’ rights, because just as the real […]

US factories still thriving, but robots mean fewer workers

US factories still thriving, but robots mean fewer workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump blames Mexico and China for stealing millions of jobs from the United States.

He might want to bash the robots instead.

Despite the Republican presidential nominee’s charge that "we don’t make anything anymore," manufacturing is still flourishing in America. Problem is, factories don’t need as many people as they used to because machines now do so much of the work.America has lost more than 7 million factory jobs since manufacturing employment peaked in 1979. Yet American factory production, minus raw materials and some other costs, more than doubled over the same span to $1.91 trillion last […]

Mexico taking U.S. factory jobs? Blame robots instead

Nov. 2, 2016 – Donald Trump blames Mexico and China for stealing millions of jobs from the United States. He might want to bash the robots instead.

Despite the Republican presidential nominee’s charge that “we don’t make anything anymore,” manufacturing is still flourishing in America. Problem is, factories don’t need as many people as they used to because machines now do so much of the work.

America has lost more than 7 million factory jobs since manufacturing employment peaked in 1979. Yet American factory production, minus raw materials and some other costs, more than doubled over the same span to $1.91 […]

Mexico stealing factory jobs? Blame automation instead

Mexico stealing factory jobs? Blame automation instead

Employees work on the assembly line at the Volkswagen auto factory in Puebla, Mexico. REUTERS/Imelda Medina WASHINGTON — Donald Trump blames Mexico and China for stealing millions of jobs from the United States.

He might want to bash the robots instead.

Despite the Republican presidential nominee’s charge that “we don’t make anything anymore,” manufacturing is still flourishing in America. Problem is, factories don’t need as many people as they used to because machines now do so much of the work . Play Video America has lost more than seven million factory jobs since manufacturing employment peaked in 1979. Yet American factory […]

Less Work And More Wealth And Leisure: We Will Have Only Automation To Thank For

Less Work And More Wealth And Leisure: We Will Have Only Automation To Thank For

The higher the productivity is, the higher are the wages. We have to work less in order to stand still, not harder nor longer.

The robots do the heavy work and the algorithms do the brain work: we’ll all go off and do something entirely different – including taking ever more of our greater wealth as leisure.

It was Giles Wilkes , now of the Financial Times , who said that the New Economics Foundation should stand for “Not Economics, Frankly”. And reading today’s Guardian , I could see what he meant.The paper carries an op-ed by Anna Coote , a […]

Mexico taking US factory jobs? Blame robots instead

Mexico taking US factory jobs? Blame robots instead

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump blames Mexico and China for stealing millions of jobs from the United States.

He might want to bash the robots instead.

Despite the Republican presidential nominee’s charge that "we don’t make anything anymore," manufacturing is still flourishing in America. Problem is, factories don’t need as many people as they used to because machines now do so much of the work.America has lost more than 7 million factory jobs since manufacturing employment peaked in 1979. Yet American factory production, minus raw materials and some other costs, more than doubled over the same span to $1.91 trillion last year, […]

Why import workers when robots will do the job?

Why import workers when robots will do the job?

The growth lobby often argues that Australia needs to run high levels of immigration in order to alleviate so-called skills shortages and to mitigate an ageing population.

This view has been debunked many times on this blog.

First, analysis from the Department of Employment shows that Australia’s skills shortage “remains low by historical standards” .Second, there are big question marks over whether immigration can alleviate skills shortages anyway?That is, if Australia imports a whole bunch of workers to alleviate, say, shortages in construction, these workers will inevitably increase demand in other areas (e.g. for various services), thus creating shortages there. Australia […]

Advance with technology

Advance with technology

0 As technology takes over most of the menial jobs, there is a need for the engineering graduates to be employable and trained in contemporary technologies like data analytics, big data, data science, robotics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, says Prakash Menon

Automation is reducing the need for people in many jobs. We are facing a future of stagnant income and worsening inequality,” opines Erik Brynjolfsson alarming about how technological advances are likely to replace human element in many jobs. The IT space is increasingly adopting technologies like artificial intelligence, be it IBM’s Watson or Wipro’s Holmes. And if […]

3 Ways to deal with job losses due to automation

3 Ways to deal with job losses due to automation

There has been a lot written about the potential job losses due to the advent of automation. Some of our previous blog posts covered this topic as well. We know that the landscape of professions is going to change : the number of workers required in our factories, warehouses, call centres, retail outlets, cash counters, bill desks, customer service desks, secretary desks is going down; a number of robots, chat bots, RFID tags, smart phones and apps are going to rule the roost. How should one deal with these changes?

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