Covid-19 Could Accelerate the Robot Takeover of Human Jobs

 – Re-Blogged From MIT Technology

Machines were supposed to take over tasks too dangerous for humans. Now humans are the danger, and robots might be the solution.

Inside a Schnucks grocery store in St. Louis, Missouri, the toilet paper and baking ingredients are mostly cleared out. A rolling robot turns a corner and heads down an aisle stocked with salsa and taco shells. It comes up against a masked customer wearing shorts and sneakers; he’s pushing a shopping cart carrying bread.

The robot looks something like a tower speaker on top of an autonomous home vacuum cleaner—tall and thin, with orb-like screen eyes halfway up that shift left and right. A red sign on its long head makes the introductions. “Hi, I’m Tally! I check shelf inventory!” A moment of uncertainty ensues. Tally freezes, sensing the human, and the customer pauses, seeming unsure of what to do next. Should he maneuver around the robot? Or wait for it to move along on its own? After a few seconds, the customer chooses to divert, and heads down another aisle.

Franziska Barczyk

DOL vs the US Economy

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro
The US Government is bloated. Who knew?
Most spending either is duplicative of what already is available in the private, productive sector of the Economy, is actually harmful to the US Economy, or just uses up capital for unneeded programs – capital which would be better spent on the investment which would make all Americans richer. Who knew?
The Department of Labor is just one example of this waste. It pays people to NOT work, so many people don't look for work as hard as they could. It prohibits unskilled workers from getting the jobs which might teach them skills, through the Minimum Wage.
Here is an introductory video from the CATO Institute on D.O.L. and its waste.

We need to get government back under control, and the Department of Labor is a good place to start.