Will robots take your job — or bump you into a new one?

Will robots take your job — or bump you into a new one?

Will robots take your job — or bump you into a new one?

By DEREK ROBERTSON

12/07/2022 04:45 PM ESTPresented by Ericsson Listen to the third episode of POLITICO Tech’s multi-part podcast series on cybercrime below, and find the whole series here . BALTIMORE — A robotic ballet plays out around the clock every day in a vast building on the outskirts of Baltimore, a city with a long history as a logistics hub in its own right.Inside the complex, technically known as Amazon’s BWI2 Robotics Fulfillment Center, yellow, tower-like robots on wheels deliver everything from Pringles cans […]

Industrial robots in China push people out of jobs, slash wages

Industrial robots in China push people out of jobs, slash wages

Exposure to industrial robots in the workplace leads to less participation in the labor force, less employment, and less pay, according to economics researchers.

Workplace automation also appears to increase family debt and reduce – by only a small amount – the number of children born to affected families, while adding to the time and money that families invest in existing children.

In a paper titled "How do Workers and Households Adjust to Robots? Evidence from China," distributed by the National Bureau of Economics Research, co-authors Osea Giuntella (University of Pittsburgh), Yi Lu (Tsinghua University), and Tianyi Wang (University of Toronto) […]

Robotization and Employment: An Ethical Analysis Essay

Robotization and Employment: An Ethical Analysis Essay

Technological progress was and remained one of the moving forces of economic development throughout history. Robotization and automation are some of the most notable contemporary developments in this respect. The sheer magnitude of technological advances in the late 20th and early 21st centuries and the prospects of workplace automation may raise concerns about the employment perspectives for humans.

At the same time, there are also grounds for optimism allowing the proponents of robotization to argue that its benefits will most certainly outweigh its potential downsides. A utilitarian approach to the problem requires analyzing whether robotization will promote the greatest […]

In 2023, mechanical engineering education will take a new turn as automation and robotics combine

In 2023, mechanical engineering education will take a new turn as automation and robotics combine

in 2023, mechanical engineering education will take a new turn as automation and robotics combine 1 In 2023, mechanical engineering education will take a new turn as automation and robotics combine

The field of mechanical engineering became more established as a means of creating, managing, and maintaining equipment throughout the first two industrial revolutions. In general, its core field of knowledge expanded to encompass manufacturing, materials, mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and machine design. It is both the forerunner and the recipient of other engineering forms. They will keep enriching it by coming up with, designing, constructing, and operating […]

America’s Critical Challenges Pose Serious Risks to Its Future

America’s Critical Challenges Pose Serious Risks to Its Future

Creative american flag with forex chart on blurry background. USA economy and dollar concept. Double exposure © Golden Dayz / shutterstock.com Today’s most critical challenges are impacting every American. These include the direction of globalization and Chinese relations, shifting demographics and labor shortages, and rising inequality and threats to American capitalism. Understanding these challenges, the risks they pose, and how to adapt will be necessary to survive and thrive in the years ahead.

Like falling dominoes, many of these challenges impact each other. For example, the key to America’s vibrant system of free-market capitalism lies in our ability to innovate […]

Study: Slowing Down Automation May Have Economic Benefits

Study: Slowing Down Automation May Have Economic Benefits

Nathan Zorzi, assistant professor of economics. (Photo by Julia Levine ’23) Robots, artificial intelligence, and other automation technologies enable companies to produce more. They also displace workers from their jobs, wreaking havoc on those who have no other training and are financially vulnerable.

Research by Dartmouth and Massachusetts Institute of Technology economists featured in this week’s National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Working Papers says the speed of automation is excessive and should be cut in half.

“Firms do not necessarily take into account the consequences that automation has for their workers. Instead, they tend to focus on the value that […]

Study: Slowing Automation Can Have Economic Benefits

Study: Slowing Automation Can Have Economic Benefits

Robots, artificial intelligence and other automation technologies allow companies to produce more. They also displace workers from their jobs, wreaking havoc on those who have no other training and are financially vulnerable.

Research from Dartmouth and Massachusetts Institute of Technology economists featured in this week’s edition National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Working Papers claims that the speed of automation is excessive and should be cut in half.

“Companies do not necessarily take into account the consequences of automation on their workers. Instead, they tend to focus on the value automation will bring to the company and its shareholders,” says co-author […]

The Problem with Blaming Robots For Taking Our Jobs

The Problem with Blaming Robots For Taking Our Jobs

In the late nineteen-forties, Delmar Harder, a vice-president at Ford, popularized the term “automation”—a “nickname,” he said, for the increased mechanization at the company’s Detroit factory. Harder was mostly talking about the automatic transfer of car parts between machines, but the concept soon grew legs—and sometimes a robotic arm—to encompass a range of practices and possibilities.

From the immediate postwar years to the late nineteen-sixties, America underwent what we might call an automation boom, not only in the automotive sector but in most heavy-manufacturing industries. As new technology made factory work more efficient, it also rendered factory workers redundant, often […]

The Problem with Blaming Robots For Taking Our Jobs

The Problem with Blaming Robots For Taking Our Jobs

In the late nineteen-forties, Delmar Harder, a vice-president at Ford, popularized the term “automation”—a “nickname,” he said, for the increased mechanization at the company’s Detroit factory. Harder was mostly talking about the automatic transfer of car parts between machines, but the concept soon grew legs—and sometimes a robotic arm—to encompass a range of practices and possibilities.

From the immediate postwar years to the late nineteen-sixties, America underwent what we might call an automation boom, not only in the automotive sector but in most heavy-manufacturing industries. As new technology made factory work more efficient, it also rendered factory workers redundant, often […]

Automation and Offshoring in Durable Goods Manufacturing: An Indiana Case Study

The loss of manufacturing jobs is largely attributed to either offshoring or automation. Using state-level data from the Annual Survey of Manufactures and unit record administrative data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, we determine the drivers of durable goods manufacturing employment losses in Indiana. We test a simple model that explains changes in industry production employment by changes in output, wages, intermediate input consumption, productivity, capital-to-labor ratios, or a proxy related to these explanatory variables. Using the unit record data, the authors assess the consequences of large layoff events on the wages of those who remain employed […]