8 thoughts on “12 Jobs Robots Are Taking Over The Fastest

  1. Roomba says:

    A Former Clickhole Writer Made a ‘Content Bot’ That Will Probably Become My Boss
    It’s already won a comedy competition and is currently applying to be Poet Laureate for the city of Redmond, Washington. https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/wjxmzx/former-clickhole-writer-content-botnik-jamie-brew-bob-mankoff-ai-robot-take-my-job Bob Mankoff, Botnik’s co-founder, is the current humor editor at Esquire and former cartoon editor of The New Yorker. And you may recognize Brew as the former head writer of Clickhole, the Onion’s clickbait parody website. Botnik is part of the Amazon Accelerator Program, which offered grants to startups whose technology can ultimately improve Amazon’s smart speaker assistant, Alexa.

  2. Lumpyproletariat says:

    Amazon uses more than 100,000 robots to pick and carry products around its vast warehouses but the man in charge of technology at the company’s robotics division describes the machines’ limitations in terms of “common sense”, as illustrated by an incident involving popcorn butter. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/amazon-robots-butter-spillage-confusion-automation-jeff-bezos-a8389271.html
    In April, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said that advancements in artificial intelligence and robotics pose similar problems to those experienced during the Industrial Revolution and could lead to a rise of Marxism. He said: “The benefits, from a worker’s perspective, from the first industrial revolution, which began in the latter half of the 18th century, were not felt fully in productivity and wages until the latter half of the 19th century. “If you substitute platforms for textile mills, machine learning for steam engines, Twitter for the telegraph, you have exactly the same dynamics as existed 150 years ago – when Karl Marx was scribbling the Communist Manifesto.”

  3. To Serve Man says:

    Wall Street Journal (4/9/19): “Walmart Inc. is expanding its use of robots in stores to help monitor inventory, clean floors and unload trucks, part of the retail giant’s efforts to control labor costs as it spends more to raise wages and offer new services like online grocery delivery.” https://www.wsj.com/articles/walmart-is-rolling-out-the-robots-11554782460?mod=e2tw&ns=prod/accounts-wsj&ns=prod/accounts-wsj
    “‘I Could Scrub Rings Around It’: Walmart Employee Slams Grocery Store Robots” (also claims the machines have a design flaw that makes them “dangerous.”) https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2019/04/11/cleaning-robots-grocery-stores-walmart
    Andrew McAfee, co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy: “We need to keep in mind that innovation is not one-stop shopping, and the fact that the floor scrubber is not working well at all right now, according to Mark, and he’s babysitting it instead of doing his job — that doesn’t mean that will always be the case,” McAfee said.
    “Walmart’s Future Workforce: Robots and Freelancers : Walmart is raising wages, but its plans to use more gig labor and automation put workers at a disadvantage.” https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/04/walmarts-future-workforce-robots-and-freelancers/557063/
    Electro the Smoking Robot at the 1939 New York World’s Fair https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuyTRbj8QSA See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elektro and mechanism https://web.archive.org/web/20060223051258im_/http://www.maser.org/k8rt/File0003s.jpg

    • eideard says:

      Wonder if there’s video available of their shelf-space inventory runner? You’ve never seen such a fast robot in action. They need an empty aisle – which it does one side at a time in 3-4 seconds. There is at least one video around somewhere of it being tested before employees are even in the building.

      • Not yet says:

        “Across the country, surgeons are learning to use more than just scalpels and forceps. In the past decade, a growing number of medical institutions have invested in the da Vinci robot, the most common device used to perform robot-assisted, or robotic, surgery.” (NPR 6/23/19) https://www.npr.org/2019/06/23/735216904/doctors-learn-the-nuts-and-bolts-of-robotic-surgery “…the robot has become common practice in some specialties, such as urology and gynecology, and that growth is expected to continue, which means more surgeons are learning to use the device.
        “It’s not necessarily, ‘Is robot better?’ ” says Dr. Kenneth Kim, director of the robotic training program at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. “Robot is just another tool that they need to master just like any other surgical tool.”
        The da Vinci robot is not self-operating, at least not yet. Instead, it works almost like a big video game. The surgeon sits at a console station and uses hand and feet controls to manipulate a separate surgical part attached to the patient.
        See also “How To Make AI The Best Thing To Happen To Us” (2017) https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/10/08/555044340/how-to-make-ai-the-best-thing-to-happen-to-us

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