Another Labour crisis averted

Good news: another crisis declared by Labour, and the reason they created Robbo’s “Future of Work Commission”, is not as bad as first thought.

The robots aren’t coming to take your jobs.

Worried about being replaced by a robot? According to some recent forecasts many workers should be. There are gloomy predictions that even high-wage, knowledge jobs in finance, law and medicine won’t be spared amid the relentless rise of smart machines.

A striking 2013 study by Oxford University academics Carl Frey and Michael Osborne said 47 per cent of all employment in America is “at risk” of being replaced by computers and algorithms in the next 10 to 20 years. Earlier this year a CSIRO report put the proportion of Australian jobs vulnerable to automation at a worrying 44 per cent.

But now there’s some good news – a forensic study for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development suggests the angst about job-killing robots may be overstated.  

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Problems with the workers? No worries, just install robots, stupid people no longer need apply


Union bosses are yet to see this coming, but the more they agitate the more employers will consider replacing them with robots that don’t whine, don’t stop and don’t get tired.

Automation is stalking the workforce and ironically in high risk industries like forestry where OSH laws are becoming tiresome along with union lobbying.

In China the first zero-labour factory is now being built…this will herald the beginning of the end of unions and their workers.

A manufacturing hub in South China’s Guangdong province has begun constructing the city’s first zero-labor factory, a signal that the local authorities are bringing into effect its”robot assembling line” strategy.

Dongguan-based private company Everwin Precision Technology Ltd is pushing toward putting 1,000 robots in use in its first phase of the zero-labor project, China NationalRadio reported. It said the company has already put first 100 robots on the assembly line.   Read more »


If only they’d do the work

Winston Peters wants to get the unemployed to help with the building of homes in struggling regions.

I can’t wait for the unions to dump all over that policy, and I can’t wait for Labour to try and nix the solution.

NZ First leader Winston Peters wants to use unemployed people to fix up dilapidated houses in struggling regions.

In a speech in Rotorua today, Mr Peters said his party had long had a community wage policy to get unemployed people into work.

“It is based on a combination of the unemployment benefit and the minimum wage, and amounts to a subsidy for paid work in any region,” he said.

Mr Peters said when full-time jobs did not exist local community leaders could name projects that would be started if money was made available.

Under the policy, an individual or a group of people could be working for a number of employers doing specific jobs.

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Can I use this to skip work?


Hmmm… too close to home for my liking…

IDIOTS from BLR_VFX on Vimeo.

Beaten by a Lego computer:


First Air Hockey, and then the world!


Unions: the Robots are killing them

Yesterday I blogged about the demise of unskilled and boring work to robots and looked at why we should embrace this.

Then late last night I was sent a link to a video clip via the tipline that shows how the new Silver Ferns Farms chain works, where they have put in robotics at the Finegand Plant – apparently with the support of the unions – because it is difficult to fill these repetitive roles in outlying parts of NZ eg Balclutha. It frees the skilled staff to do more interesting work.

So good to see the unions getting with the programme.

Not sure if this is the actual plant or just an example. But it interesting in any case.

The comment stream is hilarious especially the alien invasion scenario and how the machine could be used on pedos and criminals.

The end of the unions is nigh and it will be robots that kill them

Wired has an excellent article about robot jobs, and robots replacing humans that will Darien Fenton and Clare Curran the colly-wobbles:

To understand how robot replacement will happen, it’s useful to break down our relationship with robots into four categories, as summed up in this chart:

The rows indicate whether robots will take over existing jobs or make new ones, and the columns indicate whether these jobs seem (at first) like jobs for humans or for machines.

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Evolution of Dance


This robot can dance: