Machine World – Phase One

As the new year dawned, I read a report about  consideration of human-like rights for robots, and discussion of requirements for insurance on robots and the inclusion of a “kill switch” in the European Parliament, and as the year has progressed, discussion of the role robots, artificial intelligence, digitization, and automation play in technological unemployment […]

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A Robot Walked Into A Bar…

Why – Why Are WE …  Here? In the TV series, Battlestar Galactica, Cylon, Sharon, turns the existential human question of WHY around while talking with Admiral Adama about the assumption of human survival when she said, “… you said something that sounded like it wasn’t the speech you had prepared. You said, ‘Man never […]

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‘End of Work’ – Machine World Part 2

– We should have known that we were in trouble when one of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers announced a plan to deploy a million robots (Taiwan’s Foxconn – Hon Hai Precision Industry Co with facilities in Taiwan, China, Brazil and the US). – We should have paid more attention to Martin Ford’s warnings in […]

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Over The Horizon – Machine World – Part 1

Since 60 Minutes (CBS) popularized the idea of the ‘Rise of the Machines’, articles and posts appear frequently about robots competing for jobs, the end of work, or what’s come to be known as technological unemployment. Robert Solow had an article published by the Huffington Post (. Paul Krugman has been talking about automation and […]

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