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Hardhat bots take over construction sites

RobotLabNYC’s third installment will be on June 13, in New York City with Howard Morgan (FirstRound Capital) and Tom Ryden (MassRobotics); together, we will be “Exploring The Autonomous Future...
02 May 2017, by

The robot industry is hiring. Do you have the skills?

A new white paper by the Robotics Industries Association (RIA) says that as many as 2 million US manufacturing jobs will go unfilled in the next ten years due to a lack of skilled workers. According t...
10 April 2017, by

The Robot Economy: Interview with MEP Mady Delvaux

In our final interview in The Robot Economy series, we speak with Mady Delvaux, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and Chair of the Working Group on robotics. Mady has written an extensive draft ...
08 October 2016, by

The Robot Economy: Interview with Alan Manning

In today’s interview, we sat down with Alan Manning, Professor of Labour Economics at the London School of Economics. He is a leading author in his field, particularly in understanding the imperfect...
27 September 2016, by

The Robot Economy: Interview with Alan Winfield

Robots and their impact on the economy is on the forefront of everyone’s mind. Will robots increase productivity and jobs, improve society, and will wealth be shared? To address this question, we’...
24 August 2016, by

What coachmen from the 1920s can tell us about robots and jobs

To many workers, the words “digital technologies” may evoke one simple, dismaying image: a human-like robot sitting at their desk, doing the work that they used to do! This anxiety is not differen...
16 August 2016, by


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‘Rise of the Robots’ receives Business Book of the Year award

One of our choices for your summer reading -- Martin Ford's 'Rise of the Robots' -- won the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year award at a ceremony held last week in New York. ...
23 November 2015, by

6 predictions, 9 stocks, a revolution, an apocalypse, and killer robots – oh my!

A new 300-page research report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Robot Revolution – Global Robot & AI Primer, and to a lesser extent BSG's report: Man and Machine in Industry 4.0, make for in...
11 November 2015, by

Video describes accelerating robot deployment in China

In response to rising labor costs combined with a shortage of workers, China has begun to provide incentives to encourage businesses to utilize robots to replace factory workers....
27 April 2015, by

The future of work: Robots, unions and globalization

Last week Bloomberg News asked the question: What's destroying middle-class wages? and suggested three hypotheses: robots, unions and China. This week SingularityHUB launched a series exploring th...
08 April 2015, by

‘Robots or jobs’ is key focus of #ERF2015

The importance of allaying public fears that robots will create mass unemployment was the theme of the opening session at the 2015 European Robotics Forum (ERF), which kicked off in Vienna on Tuesday....
12 March 2015, by

Maybe we need an automation tax

Imagine that a large company decides to significantly increase the level of automation at one of its facilities. A facility that currently employs a substantial number of men and women doing relativel...
18 February 2015, by

Obama connects robots to jobs in State of the Union address

US President Barack Obama linked robots and jobs in his sixth State of the Union address this Tuesday. The State of the Union Address is usually delivered annually by the President in a joint sessio...
22 January 2015, by

Robots are not here to take your jobs | USA Today

Robots are not here to steal our jobs, nor are we at risk of any other en masse robotic movement reliant upon self-determined mechanized cognizance. In fact, nearly 100% of contemporary robotic tec...
15 October 2014, by

What does the second machine age mean for our jobs? | Erik Brynjolfsson via World Economic Forum Blog

http://youtu.be/7UmGl-FDJ3s If the first industrial revolution was about creating more effective power systems, such as the steam engine, then this time around the focus is on mental tasks, says Prof...
08 September 2014, by

Reader poll: Will autonomous cars create more jobs than they displace?

One of the most popular questions when it comes to discussing robotics is the jobs question. Will robots create more jobs, or replace them? Recently, we’ve seen a lot of discussions on the topic o...
03 September 2014, by

The cyborg workforce | GE Reports

A 2014 study from RobotEnomics suggests that implementing industrial robotics can increase a firm’s number of human employees. The EU recently invested €2.8bn in robotics research. The goal: boost...
25 August 2014, by

In the future, will only robots celebrate Labor Day? | Forbes

What is different about the virtual robot revolution is not that jobs will be displaced in the short term, but that the robots (or algorithms) will do something different.  They will amplify and not ...
25 August 2014, by

Finally somebody debunks the Pew Research Center’s “AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs” report

  Kudos to Erik Sofge, Boston-based reporter for Popular Science Magazine. His recent story, "Sex Bots, Robo-Maids, and other Sci-Fi Myths of the Coming Robot Economy," cleverly pokes holes wh...
25 August 2014, by

Experts have no idea if robots will steal your job | Harvard Business Review

Experts disagree about the future. That might seem unextraordinary, but it’s the conclusion of a new survey on robots from Pew, and it’s more significant than it sounds. For all the talk of “ro...
18 August 2014, by

Four recent videos about robots and jobs

Are robots coming for your job, or are they going to make your job easier? We've been following this issue since we ran our Robots and Jobs focus series, and there is no doubt that it's a topic that'...
14 August 2014, by

AI, robotics, and the future of jobs | Pew Research Center

This report covers experts’ views about advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, and their impact on jobs and employment. The vast majority of respondents to the 2014 Future of the ...
11 August 2014, by

Should we let robots take our jobs? | DNews

“In a recent interview, the co-founder of Google discussed how he thinks people shouldn't work so much, and we start having robots do most of the work! Should robots be taking our jobs? Laci dis...
13 July 2014, by

Keeping jobs in-country | NY Times

    One of robotics' most colorful proponents is Drew Greenblatt, President of Marlin Steel. In a recent NY Times article he vividly describes how he has used robots to automate ...
01 July 2014, by

Migration from Mexico to U.S. is tapering off. How does this impact farmers?

A recent newsletter from Harvest Automation, the start-up company that produces robots that move potted plants at nurseries and greenhouses, cites two very revealing trends regarding migrant workers....
26 June 2014, by

Taxes pay for robots, but robots don’t pay taxes | The Globe and Mail

It used to be that governments could justify auto industry handouts on the basis of the steady stream of tax revenues they would pocket from all those workers hired to assemble cars. But labour is a s...
14 April 2014, by

Automation, not domination: How robots will take over our world

The first question people tend to ask when they find out you are a roboticist is, “When are robots going to take over the world and become our masters?” The answer to this question is a big “Ne...
12 February 2014, by , and

The fate of jobs in relation to robotics is confusing

Will a robot take your job? Will a higher minimum wage cause job destruction? Or is it all media hype? What's the truth?...
10 February 2014, by

Xconomy Forum’s final word about robots and jobs

At the Xconomy Forum held in Palo Alto earlier this week, the focal topic was "Robots Remake the Workplace." It was expected that the jobs issue would permeate the event. Do robots take away jobs? Ins...
12 April 2013, by

Robots on TV

Verizon and GE have produced television advertisements that include robots. The ads are playing frequently and nationally. They are good, they're being talked about and tweeted, audiences like them, a...
04 February 2013, by







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