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Is A Trap About To Be Sprung?

by John Rubino on April 16, 2015

 

New York artist Stephen Green’s latest painting, DemandedDislocation, combines current affairs irony with a deeply sad vision of the future. Check out the workers demanding higher wages in front of the discount robots store.

 

DemandedDislocation1.jpg

 

Green’s point is that two big trends are intersecting:

1) The push by workers for their fair share of record corporate profits, in the form of a higher minimum wage and better pay for jobs a rung or two up on the income ladder.

2) Breakthroughs in robotics that make it possible to automate a whole range of service and factory work. See The burger flipping robot that could put fast food workers out of a job and Meet the robots shipping your Amazon order.

 

A cynic might observe that trend number 2 appears to explain why trend number 1 is proceeding so smoothly. In the past year a growing number of cities and states have raised their minimum wage while corporations like McDonald’s and Wal-Mart have begun paying their people more. That they’re doing so without much of a fight would be suspicious if they didn’t have an angle. Now we see what it is:

Corporations seem be running the numbers on the latest generation of robots and finding that they don’t profitably replace $7-an-hour workers. But raise the prevailing wage to $10 or $15 and suddenly it becomes justifiable (actually mandatory from a profit-maximization standpoint) to replace millions of unpredictable, argumentative, messy humans with low-maintenance, tireless, ever-improving mechanical slaves. It’s a fantasy not out of industrial capitalism but of feudalism, with robots as serfs and human workers no longer part of the equation.

 

And automation isn’t stopping at repetitive service/factory work. Artificial intelligence has progressed to the point where a whole range of knowledge work can be handed off to algorithms. Money management, legal services, medical diagnostics and many, many other symbol manipulation jobs are now threatened with accelerating extinction. And forget about banking. A combination of crowdfunding and AI will vaporize most of that industry within a decade.

 

It’s hard to view this trend with anything other than mixed feelings. Robots, AI and their cousins are extremely cool, and most fans of science and/or science fiction (that’s everybody, right?) have been waiting for them since childhood. But combine a tidal wave of automation with the fact that most new US jobs are in vulnerable industries — food, drink, office temp, transactional stuff like banking, etc. — and it’s hard to see where tomorrow’s debt service payments will come from.

 

http://dollarcollapse.com/art-of-the-collapse/is-a-trap-about-to-be-sprung/

 

 

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Robotics and VR helps heal spinal cord injuries

August 11, 2016

 

 

"Scientists have used virtual reality headsets and brain-controlled robotic exoskeletons to help people paralysed by spinal cord injury to reactivate their nerves and regain some feeling and muscle control.

 
This clinical breakthrough, outlined in a US-Brazilian study published on Thursday, shows how new technology combined with intensive long-term training could help patients stimulate internal changes in their body to rehabilitate their nerves and muscles.
 
One of the patients in the study, who had been paralysed for 13 years, was able to move her legs on her own after 13 months of training.
 
“We couldn’t have predicted this surprising clinical outcome when we began the project,” said Miguel Nicolelis of Duke University, who led the research with the Walk Again Project in São Paulo. “Until now, nobody has seen recovery of these functions in a patient so many years after being diagnosed with complete paralysis.”
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The comments about the neural lace integration by Musk are very very REAL well worth the listen this one will spook Breezy when you follow them with the integration through nano particles into the blood stream

 

 

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you feel the effects of an alcoholic drink so quickly, because the alcohol goes through your mouth tissues and directly into your blood stream   black chemtrails, black goo, programmable matter, carbon dust, smart dust  that graphene collects together into smart dust clusters, nanobots, world wide web, hive mind......they don't have to implant anything, we are most likely drinking, eating, breathing it in, 24/7! and through body fluid exchange if you aren't contaminated already, on your own, you most likely will be through interaction with other living things, before long.  very clever....wonder if technology could be spread like a virus? brain is off and running, mind officially boggled  thanks phillipbbg!

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One thing, albeit weird, that is a concern for the human species is the inevitable relationships that will form between humans and lifelike robots with a super AI. At this point I see populations dwindling as people preferring relationships with robots. Why search for your perfect mate when you can have one made to order.

http://www.menshealth.com/sex-women/sex-robots

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