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    Default Unions Battle Bots With Education, Retraining in Contracts

    This is one topic that just drives me crazy. I saw an article a few days ago where Japan I think it was had trained robots to hang drywall!! So as all these greedy, cheap companies replace us with robots, is our government going to take care of all the people pushed into the unemployment line? Just what is going to happen when fewer and fewer people have jobs to support their families, buy products to support all these companies that are replacing us in the first place? One thing I have learned as a member of this site and one of the biggest posters here is that greed and stupidity go hand in hand!!

    Transportation workers created a statewide coalition to fight driverless buses when Columbus, Ohio, debuted an automated shuttle in September.

    Automation was also among the concerns expressed by the tens of thousands of hospitality workers in Las Vegas who threatened a strike in June.

    And during Longshoremen contract talks in 2014, the main obstacle was the expansion of technology that at some ports was replacing up to half of the workers with robots.

    The message in all three cases was clear: Unionized workers donít want to be replaced by automation. And as technology enters the workplace with increasing speed, that message may grow louder.

    Unions are addressing this challenge by asking for contract clauses that provide job security and guarantee retraining should a bot take over their existing duties.
    https://www.bna.com/unions-battle-bots-n73014482951/

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    Default Re: Unions Battle Bots With Education, Retraining in Contracts

    Here is the drywall story. Just creepy. So they don't want humans who get tired and need breaks.


    Japan Created a Robot That Can Install Drywall
    If you're a construction worker you may already be concerned about robots that can build walls 24/7 without ever getting tired, but surely the more intricate tasks such as installing drywall will remain the domain of human workers, right? Not so, as Japan's robotic researchers are demonstrating.

    Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, more commonly known as AIST, is a Tokyo-based research facility focused on tackling socio-economic problems. This extends to building cool robots with which to solve them.
    The actions may be a little clumsy and slow, but the drywall looks to be positioned correctly and secured properly. Add to that its ability to work 24/7 without getting tired or needing breaks, and it surely won't be long before HRP-5P looks like a tempting investment for construction companies. That of course depends on how much it costs to buy and maintain such a robot.
    https://www.pcmag.com/news/364105/ja...nstall-drywall

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    Default Re: Unions Battle Bots With Education, Retraining in Contracts

    Read the above yesterday. The world is changing and modern technology is moving the entire world forward in advancements.
    Robotics have had a presence since 1959 at a General Motors assembly plant.
    As the robotics have become more prominent, the jobs to build them, maintain them, control them and install them have become available.
    Yes, we have lost jobs, but on the other end we gain jobs.

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    Default Re: Unions Battle Bots With Education, Retraining in Contracts

    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    Read the above yesterday. The world is changing and modern technology is moving the entire world forward in advancements.
    Robotics have had a presence since 1959 at a General Motors assembly plant.
    As the robotics have become more prominent, the jobs to build them, maintain them, control them and install them have become available.
    Yes, we have lost jobs, but on the other end we gain jobs.
    That is true but I think for the most part, the people the robots are replacing and the people who go to school to learn to design and maintain them are quite different.

 

 

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