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    L Tecolote
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    Humanoid robot starts work at Japanese department store

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/20/us-japan-robot-store-idUSKBN0NB1OZ20150420

    If the “plumbing” shutdowns didn’t make it clear — forget that Wal-Mart greeter job … probably clerk and shelf-stocker, as well. $15 an hour minimum wage? Try $2, in about two years. Of course by then, $15 will probably buy what $2 does now …. if we’re lucky.

    Cry, "Treason!"

    #40384
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    Robotics is a good field for young people to get into be it the engineering/programming side, manufacturing, or the support. My son worked on the construction & programming of a robot when he was in college and then did some programming support for them after he graduated, and this was at a tiny State College, not MIT or some such. He considered going into robotics as a career but didn’t want to live where the jobs were at the time.

    Most robots don’t look humanoid and have very specialized roles. A friend has a vacuum cleaner robot that works untended while she is at work. Other friends have robotic pool cleaners. It is only a matter of time that they start appearing in fast food places and in office settings. Where I worked we considered a robotic mail cart at one point.

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    L Tecolote
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    “Robotics is a good field for young people to get into be it the engineering/programming side, manufacturing, or the support.”

    Yeah, at least until the plans are drawn for robots to make/service robots. The designers’ careers will probably last longest … until they’re directed to design robots that can design robots. Once that’s done … ?

    Nothing wrong with machines to perform boring, strenuous, or dangerous jobs, to spare the humans. But whoever owns the robots will have a lot of leverage on his fellow humans, at least, until the robots decide to reverse the relationship. I’m told that, among others, such “foward-thinking” people as Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, even Bill Gates (who seems to have little regard for most humans) have expressed actual fear for the human race, at the development of autonomous (AI) robots.

    Cry, "Treason!"

    #40453
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    Without advancing in those fields we probably would not have some cool things, things that make our life easier, maybe healthier etc.
    But just like with any other progress there are bad sides too.
    In some future (probably not so close, but we never know what revolutionary thing can be achieved or discovered any day ) there gonna be moment where we could find our selves stupid and weak in front of the AI, and then who knows what can happen.

    #40460
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    Welcome is right. Technological advances are always a double edged sword.

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