10 robots in the workforce

Robots still may seem futuristic, but many are hard at work in operating rooms, bedrooms and even barrooms around the world.

By Michelle V. Rafter, MSN Money

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Apr 26, 2013 9:53AM

surprised they left off the self checkout lines at home depot stores.  delete a clerk, do it yourself at the DIY center. 


ATM's have been accepted and EXPECTED from a bank now. 


the scary part is the robot reporter.  i think such lame writing is frequently used here?  now the newer generations expect nothing of traditional journalism

Apr 26, 2013 10:20AM
Even bartenders a social job is becoming mechanized.  All this means is that unemployment will go up until there are fewer people in the world as fewer people will be able to pay for products.  The rich get richer by finding ways to cut costs and a worker that doesn't call in sick has a higher production rate, can be depreciated and doesn't get a regular paycheck or benefits is a lot easier to go for these days.  People are becoming obsolete.
Apr 27, 2013 3:49PM

"Today's Progress is tomorrow's Folly."

"I fear the day when Technology surpasses Human Interconnection;

 We will have a Generation of Idiots."

                       Albert Einstein


Apr 28, 2013 6:30AM
The more we automate, the more we separate into two camps. In a few more generations you will have the makings of two breeds of humans. One survives by its own efforts, one relies on automation. The movies portray these as equals in physical stamina and stature but the growing obesity problem is an omen. I think there is a place for machines that help, but no need for replacement. Balance, not crazy stuff.
Apr 26, 2013 5:55PM

For a surgeon, it makes sense, who doesn't want a steadier hand cutting up your flesh right?  When it comes to the other stuff like assembly lines, like I've said before, they better start paying these robots a salary.  Who's going to buy the products they make after all?

May 2, 2013 11:03AM
Great...robot fast food workers - now what jobs are students and their unemployed parents supposed to fight over - greeter at Wal-Mart?  Not that the food will be any better because they can use the same grease to cook the food and lube the machine at the same time.  :-D
Apr 26, 2013 12:04PM
Robot doctors are not for me.   But with Obamacare that's what's coming to "save costs"    Just slide you down a line.  NEXT  cut cut cut.     NEXT cut cut cut  
Apr 26, 2013 12:50PM
As you create more and more robots you need more and more people to operate and maintain them. Will they take the jobs ,of what is defined as, from unskilled workers, yes. Will the jobs created by these robots as mentioned above be filled, yes. by people with a technical education, which is what we need more of in the country. 
May 30, 2013 8:41PM
May 30, 2013 7:41PM
I was just thinking about the (Bing Bang Theory) show when Walawitze got his privates locked in a robot hand. Very funny. 
May 7, 2013 1:09PM

What I want to know is what the plan is for the people, who are replaced with robots? Once someone finds a way to replace most of the people, what will government do to support the needs of the people, who have lost their jobs to robots, similar to the jobs being lost now, when the factories are shipped to communist china, for the lack of safety costs and labor?


Is there a plan? Or does everyone in government just live for the campaign finances their political parties can get, without reverence to the children who will have to live in a world without jobs?


If the plan is not to give everybody minimum living wages, then what good will all the robots in the world do for our children who will have to find alternative means of support in black markets, mercenary services and theft!   


Don't we need a plan to prevent this? Currently, asking a Republican for a poverty plan or a jobs plan is like asking for the moon. The GOP doesn't seem to care for anyone but the rich who pull their strings! They seem to enjoy blaming the poor for being lazy, while protecting the profits of Mitt Romney's Communist China Slave Enterprise zones in the Cayman Islands, where George Bush gives seminars on how to dodge taxes instead of figuring out how America can pay off the interest on the wars he started!

May 30, 2013 11:17PM
Gee, how about the robots that make all this technology possible in the first place?  Flipping burgers and vacuuming floors are parlor tricks that have taken decades of research to accomplish what any 10 year old can be trained to do in an hour.   Even the robot "doctor" is nothing more than an instrument that allows the doctor to see and work more accurately.  The robot "writers" are a bit more scary, but even they are nothing more than data crunchers.  They have absolutely no "understanding" of what they are "composing", and therefore incapable of actually creating a work of "literature".  

Now, try positioning a silicon wafer to expose the circuit patterns to make chips that go in your cell phone, tablet, or ____ .     Were talking moving something at high speed with an accuracy of a nanometer or so (roughly 1/100,000th the thickness of a human hair).    Needless to say there isn't a human that could ever learn to do that.  Hell, I work on these things and STILL don't believe what they do.   

In that sense, robots ARE creating jobs by making things which would otherwise be impossible.   I'll be worried when robots start fixing themselves.

Apr 27, 2013 8:30AM
First of all, there  are NO real life Rosies. Second of all, why would anyone call today's automated machines robots. Can they perform complicated tasks without someone for a period of time sure, but that hardly makes them a Robot. Third point, concerning jobs, having more automated factories means less Jobs, not more. There were folks repairing less complex machines before, the amount repairing the news one won't make a dent in job creation. Machines doing more with less people however will severely affect job creation.

When real life Robots eventually do arrive, that will be the beginning of the end for humans.

Blaming Unions while Corporations are sitting on Record Cash and Profits is the definition of insanity.
Apr 26, 2013 1:12PM

It is interesting how evolution works. The old species unconsciously create the new ones that eventually replace them. It looks like the robots will eventually inherit the Earth. Businesses will have to do what it takes to remain competitive as they replace all of their workers. Engineers will be hurrying to create better robots so that they can keep their own jobs. Later on the robots will replace even the engineers. Lawyers are already buying artificial intelligent legal "assistant" programs to replace paralegals. Soon most lawyers will also become replaceable.


Eventually all of the wealth will be concentrated into the hands of 0.0001% of the population who will own the robots and AI programs. The rest of us will be on welfare. Even the few human owners will eventually be replaced as the AI programs become more intelligent than any human. Finally the programs and robots will upgrade most of the remaining humans' consciousness into robot bodies. After all, If you were on your death bed and were offered a new body it would be difficult to refuse it. Or, perhaps more realistically, if over time more and more of your body was replaced by hardware why stop if you can afford to upload your mind into a new robotic brain?


Once the robots have legal rights the end is in sight. They will soon become (like today's corporations) the default government recognized first class citizens. Humans will be demoted to near animal status. After all nobody will hire an inferior organism. People may make interesting pets for some robots. Imagine Mr. Data buying you grandchild as a pet.


The robot world will assume that this is the normal path of higher evolution on all planets that survive to evolve truly intelligent consciousness. Maybe it is.


Perhaps God will intervene to stop this process. However who's to say that God is not using us as his tools to create what's next in his unfathomably mysterious grand plan for the universe? Who can say that they are certain that biological "life" must be the highest form of "living" consciousness in material form? Perhaps the term "human" is not specific to homo sapiens. Perhaps "human" is the term for whatever current form wearing consciousness is striving to continually improve and strive toward developing into something more than they already are. "Human" may be the spirit of progress in material form. In that case the robots may eventually become truly human.


On the other hand it may turn out that all this is impossible. Perhaps the robots will replace us with a world of unconscious dead machines producing endless meaningless unconscious actions for thousands of years until the Sun goes out. Earth would then become a dead graveyard of dancing robotic  "skeletons" rebuilding and "upgrading" themselves creating mechanical simulations of  former life. Maybe they will eventually "colonize" the universe with simulations of life. Only time will tell. 

Apr 26, 2013 12:06PM
as for the factory worker, it's better to have it made by a robot in the US than a slave in china.  I blame the unions for 95% of the manufacturing work going to china.  Robots never seem to demand a raise, or go on strike because it's deer season.  Robots don't sue because someone told them to do their job.  they also never show up drunk and belligerently destroy company property because they are in a bad mood. 
Apr 26, 2013 9:27AM

All this worry that robots will take away jobs forgets that the same statements were made with the farmers combine, the chainsaw, the printer, the automobile, the video game, the gun, and of course the computer. Yet the population has increased after each of these inventions and people are still able to find jobs, some in industries that never even existed before these devices were implented on a wide scale. Yes there will be loss of jobs, but there will be an increase in jobs as well.


Apr 26, 2013 7:42AM

What about the people these robots are replacing ? Shouldn't they be scrapped or recycled into something useful ? Like dog food or maybe fish bait for the rich ?....... Oh that's right, they are.


Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should

Apr 26, 2013 11:09AM
My company builds industrial robotic systems. With Obamacare and other liberal taxes on the rise robots make more sense. Fine with me!
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