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Monday, February 11, 2013

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 940-942

I love radio. Listen most of the day. Then HD radio came on line so I bought an HD radio and stopped listening to my regular radio. Don't need to buy regular radios any more.

Then I discovered Internet radio. I can listen to any station from anywhere in the world. Put the HD radio in the closet. Don't need to buy HD radios any more.

Then I discovered an app for my iPad that lets me use it as an Internet radio. Put the Internet radio in the closet. Don't need to buy Internet radios any more.

With a small software app, and using an iPad or other smart phone as a hardware platform, several generations of radio receivers are rendered obsolete about as soon as their batteries wear out. All the people that made them are out of a job.

The people that make the iPads will soon lose their jobs too as robots will replace them in a few years. All that will be left will be the designers and software engineers. Manufactures will be mostly staffed with a few creative types, a few hardware and lots of software engineers.

This is scary but it is reality. I don't know what people are supposed to do.
Bruce Rozenblit
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It’s P.Q. and C.Q. as Much as I.Q.
New York Times
Published: January 29, 2013

Chetan Dube, a former mathematics professor at New York University. He reckons that artificial intelligence can take over most of the routine information-technology and business-process tasks currently performed by workers in offshore locations. “The last decade was about replacing labour with cheaper labour,” says Mr Dube. “The coming decade will be about replacing cheaper labour with autonomics.”
Rise of the software machines
The attractions of employing robots
 Jan 19th 2013
(emphasis JS)

First, machines will consolidate their gains in already-automated industries. After robots finish replacing assembly line workers, they will replace the workers in warehouses. Speedy bots able to lift 150 pounds all day long will retrieve boxes, sort them, and load them onto trucks. Fruit and vegetable picking will continue to be robotized until no humans pick outside of specialty farms. Pharmacies will feature a single pill-dispensing robot in the back while the pharmacists focus on patient consulting. Next, the more dexterous chores of cleaning in offices and schools will be taken over by late-night robots, starting with easy-to-do floors and windows and eventually getting to toilets. The highway legs of long-haul trucking routes will be driven by robots embedded in truck cabs.

It doesn’t matter if you are a doctor, lawyer, architect, reporter, or even programmer: The robot takeover will be epic.

Let the robots take the jobs, and let them help us dream up new work that matters.
Better Than Human: Why Robots Will — And Must — Take Our Jobs
By Kevin Kelly

(emphasis JS)


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