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Bill de Blasio wants to fight automation with a ‘robot tax,’ but he should look at the minimum wage instead

“De Blasio has been a major advocate of a $15 minimum wage, which has been associated with increasing automation” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Many of the largest minimum wage or near-minimum wage professions (such as the food service industry and grocery cashiers) are among the easiest to replace with automation.But if he’s really concerned about the trend, one thing he should take a look at is his support for a $15 minimum wage.In many cases, the trend would be happening regardless of minimum wage policies.A 2017/2018 paper by economists Grace Lordan and…

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The robots are coming for your job, too…

“The scare tactics are a little extreme,” she said in an interview, arguing that reports of tens of millions of American jobs lost by 2030 are probably overstated” writes Story Zachary B for cnn.com. In this way, robots would be taking jobs that humans might not want unless they had to do them, which they currently do.Yang is focused more on the immediate threat he says automation poses to American jobs.Almost everyone who has thought seriously about this has said that more automation is likely to lead to more inequality. Source:…

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Here’s what robots destroy when they compete with humans

“Cashiers scanning products next to automatic check-out devices is one example, and delivery robots scooting around with worker-operated forklifts is another, he said” writes Andrew Keshner for marketwatch.com. There are already many places where robots and humans work next to each other on jobs that are similar or the same, assistant professor Guy Hoffman of Cornell’s Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering noted.It’s possible there’s a link between a person’s poor health and their worries that robots would render them jobless, according to October findings from Ball State University…

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Facebook says Zero Hedge ban was a ‘mistake’ amid uproar over big tech censorship of conservative content

“Facebook said it made a “mistake” in banning content on its site from conservative, anti-establishment finance website Zero Hedge, after uproar from right-wing media figures claiming censorship” writes Callum Burroughs for businessinsider.com. In a statement, which Zero Hedge posted, Facebook said: “This was a mistake with our automation to detect spam and we worked to fix it yesterday.”.  Source: businessinsider.com

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German carmakers to invest 60 billion euros in electric cars and automation: VDA

“We will invest over 40 billion euros in electric mobility during the next three years, and another 18 billion euros will be invested in digitization and connected and automated driving,” VDA president Bernhard Mattes said in a statement on Saturday” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s car industry is to invest nearly 60 billion euros ($68 billion) over the next three years on electric cars and automated driving, the head of the VDA car industry association said ahead of the Geneva motor show.”The ramp-up of electric…

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U.S. companies put record number of robots to work in 2018

“Shipments to food and consumer goods companies surged 60 percent compared to the year before” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. He added that “food and beverage is one of the segments that really responds to tight labor markets.”. Many companies that are considering bringing work back from overseas in response to the Trump administration’s trade wars may find automation the best way to stay competitive, even with higher-cost U.S. workers. Source: 95kqds.com

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Robots are taking over China’s food service industry, and making it better

“Combined, they represent a standardization of Chinese food preparation, which can vary widely depending on the region as well as the chef” reports technode.com. But in China, kitchen-side automation has long been routine for some restaurants, fast food chains, and cafeterias.He believes that automation can bring much-needed changes to the “crowded” food and beverage industry, raising the quality of dishes and making restaurants easier to manage. Source: technode.com

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HP CTO Shane Wall interview — Megatrends, automating jobs, and fighting growing inequality

“The haves can be growing substantially around the world, but they grow at a different rate, and that creates inequality between them” writes Dean Takahashi for venturebeat.com. And that’s hard to do, since Wall said in an exclusive interview with VentureBeat that that change keeps accelerating in our world. Source: venturebeat.com

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