Robots in demand in China as labour costs climb.

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  • #90899
    alanjjohnstone
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    Another bit of info for those interested in the topic http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150712000106&cid=1102China remained the world's largest market for robots in 2014, as it absorbed 56,000 units or 24.9% of total global sales. South Korea came in as the No. 2 robot consumer with 39,000 units in 2014, followed by Japan, the US and Germany, with the top five markets together taking 75% of global robot sales.

    #90900
    Ozymandias
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    "Technology has created more jobs in the last 144 years than it has destroyed, Deloitte study finds."Is this true? I don't know enough about it.http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/technology-creates-more-jobs-than-it-destroys-10460880.html      

    #90901
    alanjjohnstone
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    As the report goes on to say

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    “Fears that automation is keeping companies from hiring new workers and exacerbating income inequality are overblown, in part because the oft-repeated productivity gains from information technology are often illusory in the first place.”

    my emphasis

    #90902

    The point of worry, though, is when robots are amply able to do the job of the service industry, where do the displaced workers go then?  Also, since this report covers the period of the extensive growth of employmenti t's naturally going to find growth of employment despite evlopment of machinery, since there was more amchinery being used. (though this report does admirably illustrate how we could all work a lot less if we just did productive jobs and then looked after ourselves in abundant free time). 

    #90903

    Anyway, this is stunning news:http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/aug/18/first-almost-fully-formed-human-brain-grown-in-lab-researchers-claim

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    An almost fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab for the first time, claim scientists from Ohio State University. The team behind the feat hope the brain could transform our understanding of neurological disease.

    As someone in the wee small hours on the radio suggested, aside from the medicinal benefits, could we see such less-than-consciouss brains being linked up to computers to create thinking and learning machines?

    #90904

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33998697Carbon gained from air[/quote] we can grow carbon with a little bit of sunlight, we've become plants!  As the article says, I think that it would be a ridiculous effort to use this *directly* to combat AGW, but if the process to gain carbon for industrial uses becomes widespread, it will induce greenhouse reduction over =d decades the same way we have emitted CO2, and we'd have loads of nanotubes…

    #90905
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    An interview worth taking the time to readhttp://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33082-more-leisure-less-capitalism-thanks-to-tech

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    You think capitalism is going to end?Yes. Which doesn't mean that I think exploitative, hierarchical, social structures are going to end. I just think that what we have thought of as capitalism, based primarily on the exploitation of wage labor to make profit, is going to turn into something else.

    I'm not convinced

    #90906

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34066941

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    Type your job title into the search box below to find out the likelihood that it could be automated within the next two decades.

    So, a 52% chance my job could be qutomated away, they reckon, in the next 20 years….lovely.

    #90907
    alanjjohnstone
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    You may find this of interesthttp://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/10/12/robots-are-coming-your-job-might-not-be-bad-newsWhich i have clumsily adapted and re-edited for our blog here http://socialismoryourmoneyback.blogspot.com/2015/10/do-androids-dream-of-three-day-week.html

    #90908
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    Robotics – the two futureshttps://www.rt.com/uk/319078-robots-fix-street-lights/https://www.rt.com/news/319082-russia-military-artificial-intelligence/

    #90909
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    Have strayed from the original theme but i read 

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    “You’re going to see them being used in domestic policing, border patrol, riot control, not just armed conflict,” Steve Goose, director of Human Rights Watch’s arms division, told the Guardian. “The physical platforms already exist. It’s not science fiction, it’s a completely new way of fighting that revolutionizes all of this.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/oct/20/campaign-to-stop-killer-robots-warning-united-nations

    #90910
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    Maybe this thread should be renamed just roboticsI found this articlehttp://netdugout.com/2015/10/global-agricultural-robot-market-size-exceed-to-reach-16-3-billion-by-2020/The application of robots in farming and the potential they offer and the anti-pollution possibilities in pesticide and fertilising. 

    #90911
    Anonymous
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    alanjjohnstone wrote:
    Maybe this thread should be renamed just robotics

     Ah well that brings up the subject of  'Espee' . Isn't it time we set up a sub committee to look into this https://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/forum/world-socialist-movement/first-socialist-robot

    #90912
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Well you may laugh but the tories already have their robot 

    #90913
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/nov/05/robot-revolution-rise-machines-could-displace-third-of-uk-jobsAnother report on the guesstimates of how many jobs will disappear because of robotics.35% of all workers in the UK, and 47% of those in the US, at risk of being displaced by technology over the next 20 years, according to Oxford University research cited in the report, with job losses likely to be concentrated at the bottom of the income scale.At present, there are on average 66 robots per 10,000 workers worldwide, the report finds; but in the highly automated Japanese car sector there are 1,520.“We are in danger, for the first time in history, of creating a large number of people who are not needed,” he said. “The question should be, what sort of economy do you want, and to meet what human needs?”

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