Category: Automation

#Uber suspends self driving car testing

After a fatal crash with a pedestrian, Uber has suspended road testing of its self driving cars in Arizona, Ontario, Pennsylvania and California. In the latter case, Uber is not even renewing its state permit to conduct on the road tests. Some think this suggests safe, general purpose, self driving cars may not be coming as soon as many were expecting. Source: Uber suspending testing of self-driving cars in California – Axios

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Miso scores $10 million to bring its hamburger-flipping robot to more restaurants

One of many companies working to automate the restaurant business and reduce labor and benefits costs: Pasadena-based hardware startup Miso Robotics just got a big vote of confidence from investors, in the form of a $10 million Series B. This latest windfall led by Acacia Research Corporation brings… Source: Miso scores $10 million to bring its hamburger-flipping robot to more restaurants | TechCrunch

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Autonomous self driving cars’ sensor arrays may be used for intensive public surveillance

Autonomous self-driving cars are continuously surveying their surroundings using an array of sensors and recording this to memory. In the event of an accident of malfunction, this data can be retrieved for analysis. However, this data could also be retrieved as surveillance data – even when the vehicle itself has not been in an crash. Consider, a bike versus human driven car crash at an intersection. Two other vehicles at the intersection are autonomous vehicles...

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Data mining is a questionable activity when databases are filled with crap

I need to replace an old toilet and had to order one at Lowe’s. It seems they only stock the “tall” version of toilets now days, rather than old fashioned regular height toilets. We go to a Point of Sale system where a staff member logs in to place the order. It looks like its running a VT100 emulator – like 1970s or 1980s technology. It’s apparently old Unix but looks like DOS, if you...

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Within 20 years, a majority of today’s jobs may be automated

Study finds that 2 in 3 jobs in Las Vegas may be automated by 2035. That’s just the headline. The real story is that 50% or more of jobs in most metro areas at a risk of automation by 2035. Areas in yellow, orange and red indicate where more than 50% of local jobs are at risk of being automated by 2035. Source: Future job automation to hit hardest in low wage metropolitan areas like...

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Major demographic change could lead to more robotics, automation because fewer workers available

This discussion by Charles Schwab & Co highlights that the ratio of workers to non-workers is dropping and may reach 1 to 1 in another 20 years in many parts of the world. When labor is abundant businesses make less investment in “productivity enhancing technology”. Presumably the opposite is true – as labor supply shrinks, businesses will invest in more automation. This comes at a time when the capabilities of automation are increasing rapidly while...

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