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Re: Techno Job-Killers
« Reply #30 on: January 31, 2017, 07:12:53 PM »
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Starbucks, with more than 25,000 stores, has no plans for robotic baristas. It stresses a person-to-person connection between its service partners (reps) and customers, according to company policy.
yeah yeah... for how long I wonder.

They're stuck. They want to be personalized, but they are a commodity. Now those places I keep hearing about that are selling gourmet toast for $12? They are all about the human experience and the toast is largely irrelevant. You can't automate that.

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Re: Techno Job-Killers
« Reply #31 on: January 31, 2017, 07:24:56 PM »
Here's a robot with a soft, vegetable-handling touch being developed for supermarkets.  Won't be long before they'll be in the fields in an array across the drag-bar, Gnidone. If they can plant/tend/cut cabbage it'll put a zillion field workers out of a job here in NC alone.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/31/ocado-is-developing-robot-hands-that-wont-bruise-bananas/

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Re: Techno Job-Killers
« Reply #32 on: January 31, 2017, 09:23:32 PM »
Amazon will build a $1.4 billion hub in Kentucky for its 30-minute drone delivery

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Amazon Prime Air promises to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. The service completed its first successful delivery via drone just last month near Cambridge, England.

The drones travel fully autonomously below 400 feet using a GPS system to carry packages up to 5 pounds.

http://mashable.com/2017/01/31/amazon-prime-air-drone-cincinnati/

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Re: Techno Job-Killers
« Reply #33 on: February 02, 2017, 10:35:57 PM »
So long tax preparers....

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IBM Gives Watson a New Challenge: Your Tax Return

“This is not magic,” Mr. Cobb said the Watson team told him. “You have to teach Watson over time.”

Watson proved to be a quick learner. Its core skill is its ability to digest and classify vast amounts of text, using what is known as natural language processing. So, among other things, it was fed the 74,000 pages of the federal tax code and thousands of tax-related questions culled from H&R Block’s data, accumulated over six decades of preparing tax returns.

Then, H&R Block tax professionals were brought in to “train” Watson. They approved when Watson suggested a smart question for a particular tax filer and corrected it when a proposed question was off base.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/01/technology/ibm-watson-tax-return.html?_r=0

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Re: Techno Job-Killers
« Reply #34 on: February 02, 2017, 11:24:12 PM »
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Here's a robot with a soft, vegetable-handling touch being developed for supermarkets.  Won't be long before they'll be in the fields in an array across the drag-bar, Gnidone. If they can plant/tend/cut cabbage it'll put a zillion field workers out of a job here in NC alone.

I'd think it'd be harder to make a robot that works in the field because the produce isn't always in the same place.  Sometimes the tomato is at the top of the plant, sometimes at the bottom and sometimes inside the bushy part of the plant.  And, it's difficult to tell by robotic eye if the tomato is ripe or not, given there are many shades of tomatoes.  

There are milking robots for cows, and even there, the udder is in roughly the same place on each cow:  the bottom towards the back end.  There is no need to determine if the cow is "ripe" or not, and basically, no-touch car wash technology can be used to guide the washers and milker things to the proper spot.

I do hope to see harvesting technology come of age though...theres a lot of people who break their backs so we can eat!
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Re: Techno Job-Killers
« Reply #35 on: February 02, 2017, 11:45:47 PM »
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difficult to tell by robotic eye if the tomato is ripe

Ultimately, though, the robotic eye will be able to see into the IR and UV spectrum and maybe millimeter wave microwave and be much more accurate than a human.

Touch can probably be quantified. But a cantelope or a mango isn't ripe until it smells right, and a machine that can do that is a ways off, but modern ag doesn't pick at that state of ripeness anyway

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Re: Techno Job-Killers
« Reply #36 on: February 03, 2017, 02:36:35 AM »
>Ultimately, though, the robotic eye will be able to see into the IR and UV spectrum and maybe millimeter wave microwave and be much more accurate than a human.

Now, that's something I hadn't thought of...You're probably right, maybe the color issue isn't that big of deal.

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Re: Techno Job-Killers
« Reply #37 on: February 05, 2017, 10:44:45 AM »
here is an interesting planter for the home:
https://farmbot.io/
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Re: Techno Job-Killers
« Reply #38 on: February 05, 2017, 09:55:34 PM »
here is an interesting planter for the home:
https://farmbot.io/

Amazing potential for people who want to garden, but who also want/need to travel.

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Re: Techno Job-Killers
« Reply #39 on: February 06, 2017, 01:55:06 PM »
Inside Amazon’s robot-run supermarket that needs just 3 human workers...

http://nypost.com/2017/02/05/inside-amazons-robot-run-supermarket-that-needs-just-3-human-workers/
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Re: Techno Job-Killers
« Reply #40 on: February 28, 2017, 06:09:39 PM »
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At JPMorgan Chase & Co., a learning machine is parsing financial deals that once kept legal teams busy for thousands of hours.

The program, called COIN, for Contract Intelligence, does the mind-numbing job of interpreting commercial-loan agreements that, until the project went online in June, consumed 360,000 hours of work each year by lawyers and loan officers. The software reviews documents in seconds, is less error-prone and never asks for vacation.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-28/jpmorgan-marshals-an-army-of-developers-to-automate-high-finance


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Re: Techno Job-Killers
« Reply #42 on: March 09, 2017, 02:19:30 PM »
How about the recent UK budget?

That's a flipping job-killer for some.

The tax allowance for dividends up to 5K is now capped at 2K, class 2 national insurance is being abolished but class 4 will be rising at 1% a year for at least the next three years.

The abolishment of class 2 NI may affect entitlement to state pensions and the like.

It's as if they don't want small businesses any more ...
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Re: Techno Job-Killers
« Reply #43 on: March 09, 2017, 03:27:09 PM »
How about the recent UK budget?

That's a flipping job-killer for some.

The tax allowance for dividends up to 5K is now capped at 2K, class 2 national insurance is being abolished but class 4 will be rising at 1% a year for at least the next three years.

The abolishment of class 2 NI may affect entitlement to state pensions and the like.

It's as if they don't want small businesses any more ...

<shakes fist in anger>

And this is from a conservative government who are traditionally pro businesses
I've only just got over the changes in dividends last year
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Re: Techno Job-Killers
« Reply #44 on: March 11, 2017, 12:33:54 PM »

<shakes fist in anger>

And this is from a conservative government who are traditionally pro businesses
I've only just got over the changes in dividends last year

Yes it's really surprising! They will probably backtrack though, and we still have the November budget to come.

They usually try and see what they can get away with by bait and switch, greedy gits!
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