artificial intelligence
There’s an Automation Crisis Underway Right Now, It’s Just Mostly Invisible

What actually happens to workers when a company deploys automation? The common assumption seems to be that the employee simply disappears wholesale, replaced one-for-one with an AI interface or an array of mechanised arms. Read More >>

technology
Why Fast Food Is the Ticking Time Bomb of Job Automation

Earlier this month, the automation-focused US presidential candidate Andrew Yang tweeted, “Fast food may be first.” He was commenting on a new CNBC report that reported annual employee turnover rates of 100 per cent at Panera Bread, an American cafe chain – a figure that is low for the fast food industry, which can see annual turnover of up to 150 per cent. Those figures may seem ridiculous, but they’re a reality: Fast food restaurants regularly see more than their entire workforce turn over every year. And that is why industry experts – and Andrew Yang – warn that it’s ripe for automation and may be the first field to become entirely automated. Read More >>

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Amazon Says It Will Retrain Workers It’s Automating Out of Jobs. But Does ‘Upskilling’ Even Work?

Amazon made waves when it announced earlier this month that it planned to spend $700 million (£558 million) to retrain one-third of its US workforce—100,000 employees—as part of its ‘Upskilling 2025’ initiative. The sizeable commitment, which the Wall Street Journal notes is “among the biggest corporate retraining initiatives” yet announced, will fund pilot programmes, classes, and tuition fees for employees. “The American workforce is changing,” Amazon’s announcement proclaims, and “there’s a greater need for technical skills in the workplace than ever before.” Translation: We will be automating your job soon, and if you want to keep a decent paying gig here, study up. Read More >>

automation
A New Government Scheme Will See Workers Who Have Lost Their Jobs to Robots Get Retrained

If you're afraid that robots might be coming for your job, don't fret too much as a new government scheme will have you you retrained and tossed back into the workplace in no time. Read More >>

automation
This Report Makes It Perfectly Clearly Who Automation Is Working For

If you want to get a sense of who, exactly, automation is working for right now, well, there’s a study for that. Spoiler – it’s the c-suite executives doing the automating. Read More >>

technology
Automated Call Menus Are the Epitome of Shitty Automation

Like self-checkout kiosks—perhaps even more so—automated phone menus are a prime example of shitty automation. They are exemplars of the kind of automated system that no user asked for, that are deployed solely in an effort to pad corporate bottom lines by cutting labour costs, and that ultimately make everyone who encounters them worse off. Read More >>

robots
The Robots Are Coming for Our Jobs, Seller of Automation Equipment Says

Sometimes the pitch-perfect example that just totally proves your argument falls directly into your lap approximately two days after you need it to. Read More >>

automation
Walmart’s Robots Don’t Appear to Be Going Over So Great With All of Its Workers

Retail giants are increasingly turning over jobs and tasks performed in the past by human workers to a growing workforce of robots. A new report on this automation of jobs by US retail overlords Walmart says it’s led to a greater sense of tedium and unease among some human employees, even as the company insists that its robots are meant to benefit them. Read More >>

automation
‘Robots’ Are Not ‘Coming for Your Job’—Management Is

Listen: ‘Robots’ are not coming for your jobs. I hope we can be very clear here—at this particular point in time, ‘robots’ are not sentient agents capable of seeking out and applying for your job and then landing the gig on its comparatively superior merits. ‘Robots’ are not currently algorithmically scanning LinkedIn and Monster.com with an intent to displace you with their artificial intelligence. Nor are ‘robots’ gathered in the back of a warehouse somewhere conspiring to take human jobs en masse. A robot is not ‘coming for’, or ‘stealing’ or ‘killing’ or ‘threatening’ to take away your job. Management is. Read More >>

Tesla
Of Course Someone Shot a Porn Video in a Tesla Driving on Autopilot

It was only a matter of time of course. There’s now a porn video of two people having sex in a Tesla while it was driving on Autopilot. Read More >>

Tesla
Tesla Autopilot Malfunction Caused Crash That Killed Apple Engineer, Lawsuit Alleges

Apple engineer Walter Huang was driving his 2017 Tesla Model X on US Highway 101 in Mountain View, in the US state of California, the morning of 23 March 2018, when the car steered left into a concrete median, killing Huang in the resulting crash. Read More >>

amazon
Fully Automated Warehouses Are a Decade Away, Amazon Says

Amazon recently came under fire when the Verge revealed it used a system that automatically determines the productivity levels of its warehouse workforce, and terminates laggards if they’re too slow to move packages. It was yet another sign that automation was taking over at the retail giant, and a particularly ominous one at that. Read More >>

automation
Applying for Your Next Job May Be an Automated Nightmare

If you think looking for a job is already daunting, anxiety-riddled, and unpleasant, just wait until the algorithms take over the hiring process. When they do, a newfangled “digital recruiter” like VCV, which just received $1.7 million in early investment, hopes it will look something like this: Read More >>

elon musk
Stuff Elon Musk Said About Tesla Autonomous Cars This Week, Ranked

On Monday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke at a company investor day focused on autonomy, relaying news that Tesla had switched to a self-driving computer designed by in-house engineers and dropping some big promises about what, exactly, the future of its Autopilot feature and autonomous driving will look like. Read More >>

robots
Boston Dynamics’ New Robot Is a Giant Segway Bird That Lives to Suck

Boston Dynamics has released a new video demonstrating one of its newest robots—a birdlike creation that gracefully moves boxes around a warehouse floor like only an avian-Segway-hybrid contraption can. Read More >>