The Coffee Shop – Robotica: Building the Autonomous Machine

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From The New York Times:  “Navy robotics engineers are working to develop autonomous tools that can integrate with other technologies. But in field tests, the autonomous future still seems far away.”


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3 Responses to The Coffee Shop – Robotica: Building the Autonomous Machine

  1. wordcloud9 says:

    All the stuff we do without thinking – amazing how many steps are really involved!

  2. bigfatmike says:

    Closer to home we have conflicting reports that robots will not cost any jobs at McDonald’s and that $35,000 robots will be cheaper than employees making $15/hour – with the implications of significant job loss.

    Others point out that historically, increases in productivity have been good for workers. But that observation depends critically on two points: 1) the change in technology leads to new kinds of jobs to replace the jobs eliminated, 2) the gains from productivity are shared back with workers.

    The interesting question is whether we are at the beginning of an era in which technology can replace most workers. What happens when the new jobs created by technological change are far fewer than the jobs eliminated?

    Undoubtedly, we are decades from that problem. Yet, few seem willing to venture beyond the platitude that technological change is good for workers.

  3. Lots of great questions, Mike. Perhaps we’ll dis-connect needing to work from having at least a basic standard of living covering food, shelter, education, health care, etc., thereby allowing “work” to be whatever makes our hearts sing. Surely that will require a fundamental shift away from our culture of exalting “young, scrappy, and hungry” ….

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