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The robot revolution

http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/magazine/17-04/st_robotwarehouse

Soon we will see the robots reorganizing the warehouses in ways completely incomprehensible to humans.
Permalink Aaron 
April 27th, 2009 4:05pm
The robots aren't the problem.  These so called American jobs...well.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
April 27th, 2009 4:13pm
One by one, jobs will be replaced by machines.

As Agent Smith said, "It is inevitable."
Permalink Aaron 
April 27th, 2009 4:22pm
Some will eventually.

Robots in manufacturing is a no-brainer.  Cleaning jobs, service jobs are already starting to happen.

I walk into Publix (grocery store in Georgia) and go through the automatic checkout, most of the time.  That is essentially a robot.  If they add a bipedal robot to the mix, if they can pick up the groceries from the conveyor belt then you are starting to replace the grocery girl at the counter.

But, I don't know how you get rid of lawyer, politician, writer or even right now.  Engineer, software developer.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
April 27th, 2009 4:27pm
We got a Roomba a while ago, and after seeing how it works, I could imagine some friends getting one a dumping their housecleaner.  In our case, we usually move some furniture and kids toys around and leave it running when we go out, in their case, their house is so tidy they could just program it to run while they're out.

There's a container yard in Germany somewhere that's automated - instead of people driving the containers around the yard, there are automated trucks doing it.  I forget if the cranes are automated or not.
Permalink Send private email The Robots of Dawn 
April 27th, 2009 6:18pm
While you are getting over the flu a good robot read is Ken MacLeod's "The Night Sessions":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_MacLeod

Actually, it's better than good.
Permalink trollop 
April 27th, 2009 7:00pm
Kiva Systems was looking for some developers a year or so ago.  But it was enterprise Java, not .NET
:(

Pretty cool, watching the videos of them in action.
Permalink xampl 
April 27th, 2009 7:53pm
Robots are preferable to robotised humans...

http://www.marshallbrain.com/manna1.htm
Permalink Bill42x 
April 28th, 2009 7:23am
That's actually the story that came to mind when I posted the OP, but I couldn't remember it, thanks.

I like the story, but I don't particularly care for how it becomes an allegory for Christianity at the end.
Permalink Aaron 
April 28th, 2009 9:03am

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