robots ARE coming for our jobs

Automation, stupid.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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bringing manufacturing back …

Apple once manufactured in the USA.

Almost everything, in 2012, is now made overseas.

Steve Jobs famously told Obama, “Those jobs aren’t coming back.”

Even at that time, I thought Steve was wrong. Sooner or later the difference in wages will diminish enough to start bringing manufacturing plants back to the richest nations.

Trade embargoes could speed that up. But better would be using technology like Baxter …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

… Affordably priced ($22,000), versatile and safe enough to work shoulder-to-shoulder with people, Baxter robots redefine how small, mid-size and large domestic manufacturers use automation to compete with manufacturers in low-cost regions of the world.

Baxter can’t build an iPhone yet, but it won’t be long.

(via Mashable)

Daniel Suarez – Kill Decision

Daniel Suarez is an American information technology consultant turned author. …

His career as an author began with a pair of techno-thriller novels. The first one, Daemon, originally was self-published under his own company Verdugo Press in late 2006. …

His follow-up book FreedomTM was released on January 7, 2010. …

Daemon is superb. One of the best books I’ve read in recent years.

I feared his 3rd effort could not match up. But it is good. Especially the plot.

… What is a drone and why is it terrifying? It’s a flying robot that can kill with precision. Drones are currently being used across the world from Pakistan to Yemen to the Philippines, to continuously watch and kill people. Already, thousands of people are being killed by drones each year, and that number will rapidly grow beyond everyone’s expectations.

Why?

Moore’s law.

Drones are going to get very cheap and very smart much faster than anyone anticipates (in the same way cell phones and personal computers got cheap and powerful). That means they will be many, many more of them, used very often, in a plethora of places. …

John Robb review on Amazon

details on Amazon

related:

β€’ Aug 26th – CIA drones kill warlord’s family and Taliban chief


β€’ Are Drone Strikes Worth the Costs?

… many Pakistanis oppose drone strikes, and they have contributed to a rising anti-Americanism in the country. A recent Pew survey found that three-fourths of Pakistanis consider the United States an enemy. …

As a sport coach, I’d say the USA “lost” the wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Net result negative in all three.

day in the life of a warehouse robot

I, for one, welcome our new Robot overlords.

Kottke:

Amazon announced recently that they bought a company named Kiva for $775 million. In cash. Kiva makes robots for fulfillment warehouses, of which Amazon has many. When I heard this news, I was all, robots are cool, but $775 million? But this short video on how the Kiva robots work made me a believer:

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I NEED a ROBOT pet

I’m constantly advising my friends to send the dog to ‘the farm‘. (… and sell their children)

But since Sony discontinued their robot dog AIBO in 2006, what’s the best replacement?

Here’s cute and cuddly. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.


I want to choke that baby seal already.

Perhaps a baby dinosaur. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.


hmm … might have to keep the dog, for now.

(via Mashable – Can a Robot Ever Be Man’s Best Friend?)