May 13, 2019 – James Thorne – GeekWire
For the first time, some of the apples sold in the U.S. will be picked by a robot rather than human hands. That’s thanks to agricultural automation startup Abundant Robotics, the maker of apple harvesting machines.
May 13, 2019 – Charlotte Jee – MIT Technology Review
“Amazon is considering introducing them to “dozens” of its warehouses, leading to the loss of 24 jobs for each location. The aim is to increase safety, speed up delivery times, and, of course, save money. “
April 10, 2019 – Steve LeVine – Axios
While prior technological cycles have killed a lot of jobs, businesses and government have taken other actions that have counter-balanced the loss. Primarily, towering new technologies have spawned a lot of new industries and jobs.
May 1, 2019 – Nathan King – Scientific American
According to the United Nations, 400,000 new people enter the middle class every day. To accommodate this growing population, it is estimated that the construction industry will need to build an average of 13,000 buildings every day through 2050.
May 1, 2019 – José García and Madeline Janis – The Agenda
Even the most carefully modeled forecasts cannot determine the future of work and workers. And we believe that local, state and federal policymakers can have a substantial influence over how these technologies develop in the coming years.
April 8, 2019 – John Seabrook – The New Yorker
In recent years, seasonal labor has become much more scarce, and more expensive—making it difficult for growers of apples, citrus, berries, lettuce, melons, and other handpicked produce-aisle items to harvest their crops. The solution, Gary Wishnatzki believes, is to make a robot that can pick strawberries.
April 9, 2019 – Dennis Green and Áine Cain – Business Insider
The retail giant said it was unleashing a number of technological innovations, including autonomous floor cleaners, shelf scanners, conveyor belts, and “pickup towers,” on stores across the US.
April 2, 2019 – McKay, Pollack, Fitzpayne – The Aspen Institute
Automation is an important ingredient driving economic growth and progress. But without adequate policies and institutions, automation can also have negative effects on individuals and communities.