Self-Driving Cars Will Kill People. Who Decides Who Dies?

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To understand the trolley problem, first consider this scenario: You are standing on a bridge. Underneath you, a railroad track divides into a main route and an alternative. On the main route, 50 people are tied to the rails. A trolley rushes under the bridge on the main route, hurtling towards the captives. Fortunately, there’s… Read more »

Self-driving garbage trucks would cut wasted time

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Source: CNN Date: May 30th, 2017 Link to video: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/future/2017/05/18/self-driving-garbage-trucks-would-cut-wasted-time.cnnmoney/ Discussion 1) Garbage/trash trucks seem like a very logical move for self-driving automation:  they follow a set route at a slow speed and have a human outside the truck.  This is almost like the beginning of when cars first came out and each car had to have a… Read more »

From cowboys to robots: truckers eye uncertain future

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Kings of the road are by turns dismissive and wary of the technology revolution that might one day remove them from their cabs. Source: Toronto Star / Washington Post Date: May 30th, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2017/05/26/from-cowboys-to-robots-truckers-eye-uncertain-future.html Discussion 1) “Anything that’s run by a computer is going to get messed up,” Spell said. “They don’t have no bulletproof software.”   Do… Read more »

Sorry, But Amazon Isn’t Actually Annihilating Retail Jobs

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There is a problem with much of the current rhetoric claiming that the automation of industry is leading to the annihilation of jobs and/or the enslavement of humanity. Source: Wired Magazine Date: March 1st, 2017 Link: https://www.wired.com/2017/03/sorry-amazon-isnt-actually-annihilating-retail-jobs/ Discussion 1) “By 2016 e-commerce comprised just 8.3 percent ($102.7 billion) of the total retail market ($1.2 trillion). While that’s a big… Read more »

U.S. President-elect Trump’s Labor secretary is no stranger to debate over jobs and robots

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Donald Trump’s nominee for Labor secretary is well-acquainted with one of the hottest debates about work today: automation.  Andrew Puzder, the chief executive of CKE Restaurants, has extolled the benefits of automation, while also criticizing government for pushing businesses to use machines instead of humans. (CKE Restaurants is the parent company of Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s,… Read more »