This – I have observed entire teams and departments that have no reason to exist except to exist. I had a manager once go "But X is doing this manually. Why are you trying to make it run automatically in the codezzzz? Don’t do it." X was a 40 year old guy who’d been doing nothing but writing SQl Queries to manually process some Invoice data and write them into tables that were used to generate reports. I was told how to streamline the process but then they didn’t want to do it cos X would […]
Tucker Carlson opened the Thursday edition of his FOX News show by assailing CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta for his roundly mocked Twitter video that attempted to show how "tranquil" the border is without a border wall. Acosta filmed himself alongside a border barrier.
"This debate is over," Carlson sarcastically said. "We’re not getting a barrier along our southern border. We can’t. Not now, not ever. That possibility was permanently destroyed today by a fact-seeking missile of truth launched by one of our country’s premier cable news outlets. In a single devastating act of journalism, CNN killed the wall."
Once upon a time, around 30 years ago, the oil industry was at the forefront of technological innovation, pushing boundaries with creations borne out of necessity, such as digital well logs, electrical submersible pumps and 3D seismic imaging tools, which use sound waves to create a 3D image of geological formations. In years following, the focus shifted. As oil prices skyrocketed in 2011, the aim became maximizing production and, in relative terms, technology took a backseat . However, with oil prices currently at $72/barrel , the narrative has shifted again. The players in this tumultuous market have started looking […]
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer a buzzword for a distant future. It’s increasingly becoming part of just about every sector. Start-ups and established companies alike are charging ahead with AI patents all around the world, and it looks set to continue increasing.
Data at the start of 2018 showed that innovative disruptors intensified their efforts to gain IP rights for all kinds of technological developments, ranging from blockchain platforms to AI. In particular, the increase in patents awarded for machine learning technology increased dramatically, according to a survey by IFI Claims Patent Service s. Data shows the patent category […]
Hotel workers march in front of a Marriott hotel in San Francisco in October. When blue-collar workers go on strike, demands like wage increases and better hours are usually the objective. But when nearly 8,000 Marriott International employees marched outside hotels for two months in late 2018, one request stood out among the rest: protection against the automated technology that’s remaking the hotel industry.
Marriott employees are right to worry. Over the past few years, the service industry has started hacking worker schedules by outsourcing human duties to machines. Automated experiments include robots that take over bartending and salad-making duties […]
Humanity has made great strides in the technical world and, as of late, those strides have begun affecting the livelihood of people directly. Technology, (specifically A.I.) has seen vast advancements in recent years, so much so that for some industries the threat of redundancy is becoming ever more real.
According to original research from MoneySuperMarket, driverless vehicles are growing in capability and becoming more popular among firms that traditionally employ large numbers of drivers. Such a transition could trigger large-scale redundancies by as early as 2020. But, which jobs are in danger of being automated first?
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TORONTO – Much has been written about the “future of work,” and much of it makes for gloomy reading. Study after study predicts that automation will upend entire industries and leave millions unemployed. A 2013 paper by two Oxford professors even suggested that machines could replace 47 per cent of jobs in the United States within “a decade or two.” Conclusions like these sustain the narrative that the future will inevitably be jobless. And yet this view is favored primarily by the corporate sector and supported by negative trends in the so-called gig economy; workers and trade unions have […]
Automation does not mean that human work must disappear, only that it could become more productive. Photo: Bloomberg Much has been written about the “future of work,” and much of it makes for gloomy reading. Study after study predicts that automation will upend entire industries and leave millions unemployed. A 2013 paper by two Oxford professors even suggested that machines could replace 47 percent of jobs in the United States within “a decade or two.”
Conclusions like these sustain the narrative that the future will inevitably be jobless. And yet this view is favored primarily by the corporate sector and […]
Image Credit: Boston Consulting Group If you’ve been keeping up with articles about technology, you know that automation, robots, and artificial intelligence are the biggest threat to employment of humans in the United States. What will happen to our society if (as we can imagine) 50 percent or more of humans in our country were unemployed?
Employment is an important part of our lives. It is the mechanism by which we earn the access to goods and services in order to live. And our careers are important in making us feel useful. If wee didn’t have jobs, society would have […]
Cover design by Gina Stehl As the cover indicates, the February issue will include a focus on automation. In addition to Contributing Editor Kip Hanson’s cover story about automating CNC lathes, I wrote about the productivity gains Camcraft Inc. is realizing after installing a Makino Machining Complex (MMC2) flexible manufacturing system.
Whenever I write about companies with an FMS, which provides automated material handling via a rail-guided vehicle that transports a pallet of workpieces to a machine, I find that the companies realize growth in terms of sales, workforce and plant size. For example, Janusz Ksel, director of manufacturing for […]