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littleman

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Re Robots vs low skill Human jobs
« on: January 05, 2018, 01:32:35 AM »
I saw this going down the street today.

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Re: Re Robots vs low skill Human jobs
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2018, 06:55:47 PM »
This thing is a package delivery robot that was waiting at an intersection to cross the street.  It was in 'testing mode' and had two young guys walking with it.  It seemed vulnerable to abuse to me, so I think it will be some time before these things on the streets without escorts; however, they do seem like they would work well for large corporate campuses.  I imagine with time they'll start blending into the background, that and the cameras recording all the activity around them will probably make them less of a target for abuse.

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Re: Re Robots vs low skill Human jobs
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2018, 07:08:13 PM »
> seemed vulnerable to abuse to me

Same here.  The first roll-out of these coolerbots was in DC about a year ago (we have a thread somewhere). I expect they ended up in an alley up on cinder blocks.

http://www.fox5dc.com/news/local-news/fairfax-county-thieves-targeting-wheels-leaving-cars-on-blocks

And, like we discussed in yet another thread re drone pizza deliveries to a large apartment building, this doesn't scale.

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Re: Re Robots vs low skill Human jobs
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2018, 05:11:46 PM »
BUMP:

BBC > Unions call for four-day working week

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45463868?ns_source=facebook&ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ocid=socialflow_facebook

That's the big mystery of the modern world - why hasn't the 15-hour work week predicted by Keynes come to be? There are many reasons, but trading time for stuff, trading stuff for family, etc is a lot of it.

There are some pretty strong arguments for cutting the standard work week.

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Re: Re Robots vs low skill Human jobs
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2018, 05:22:14 PM »
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BBC > Unions call for four-day working week

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45463868?ns_source=facebook&ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ocid=socialflow_facebook

That's the big mystery of the modern world - why hasn't the 15-hour work week predicted by Keynes come to be? There are many reasons, but trading time for stuff, trading stuff for family, etc is a lot of it.

There are some pretty strong arguments for cutting the standard work week.
Financialization of the economy (healthcare, education, houses, cars, even pay by the month cell phone leases with perpetual trade ins) has allowed the FIRE (finance / insurance / real estate) industry to suck up over 100% of productivity gains.

The Great Recession was an opportunity to allow financial asset prices to reset lower & allow labor to gain leverage over capital, but central bankers swiftly stepped in to prevent the risk of anything approaching actual free markets.