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Jan 11, 2020

Zume Pizza closes down, cuts 172 jobs in Mountain View

Posted by in categories: business, employment, robotics/AI

Zume Pizza, the Mountain View company that used robots to make its pizzas, has made its last delivery.

In filings with the state Employment Development Department, Zume said it is cutting 172 jobs in Mountain View, and eliminating another 80 jobs at its facility in San Francisco. Zume Chief Executive Alex Garden made the annoucement about Zume in an email to company employees on Wednesday.

“With admiration and sadness, we are closing Zume Pizza today,” Garden said in his email “Over the last four years this business has been our invention test bed and has been our inspiration for many of the growth businesses we have at Zume today.”

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Jan 10, 2020

Brookhaven Lab chosen as site for multibillion-dollar collider

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, particle physics

A multibillion-dollar high-speed atom smasher — an electron-ion collider that is capable of dissecting the mysterious subatomic material that forms the basis of everything in the universe — will be built at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, federal authorities announced Thursday.

The collider will be the first of its kind in the United States. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said it would create about 4,000 construction jobs, retain 1,000 existing jobs at the lab and generate billions of dollars in economic activity for Long Island.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Energy said construction of the federally funded collider — which would be 2.4 miles in circumference, or 60% larger than the 1.5-mile Belmont Park horse race track, and one story underground — would cost $1.6 billion to $2.6 billion and take about a decade.

Jan 2, 2020

Beethoven’s unfinished tenth symphony to be completed by artificial intelligence

Posted by in categories: employment, media & arts, robotics/AI

Interesting. And, for those who swear AI will never take the creative jobs.


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Dec 27, 2019

Sorry Truckers, Volvo’s Autonomous Vehicles Can Handle it From Here

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI, transportation

To start, Volvo’s Vera will ferry goods from a logistics center to a port in Gothenburg, Sweden. But more Veras will eventually mean fewer trucking jobs.

Dec 11, 2019

How robots are transforming Amazon warehouse jobs — for better and worse

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

Today, Amazon has more than 200,000 mobile robots working inside its warehouse network, alongside hundreds of thousands of human workers. This robot army has helped the company fulfill its ever-increasing promises of speedy deliveries to Amazon Prime customers.

“They defined the expectations for the modern consumer,” said Scott Gravelle, the founder and CEO of Attabotics, a warehouse automation startup.

And those expectations of fast, free delivery driven by Amazon have led to a boom in the retail warehouse industry, with entrepreneurs like Gravelle and startups like Attabotics attempting to build smarter and cheaper robotic solutions to help both traditional retailers and younger e-commerce operations keep up with a behemoth like Amazon.

Dec 9, 2019

Futurist Predicts “The End of the World as We Know It”

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, robotics/AI

As jobs are automated out of existence, the division between the very wealthy and the very poor will grow — and any notion of a comfortable middle class will vanish.

That’s according to Roey Tzezana, a future studies researcher at Israel’s Tel Aviv University, according to Haaretz. That stands in contrast to the common argument that new jobs will emerge as others vanish, painting a grim picture for the workforce and global economy.

Nov 23, 2019

These Are the Jobs Artificial Intelligence Will Obliterate By 2030

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

Forrester projects that artificial intelligence will severely impact jobs like cubicle workers, location-based workers, and loan processors.

Nov 22, 2019

Ray Kurzweil (USA) at Ci2019 — The Future of Intelligence, Artificial and Natural

Posted by in categories: employment, engineering, ethics, media & arts, Ray Kurzweil, robotics/AI, singularity

The Future of Intelligence, Artificial and Natural
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Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions. Called “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes magazine, he was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.” PBS selected him as one of the “sixteen revolutionaries who made America.”

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Nov 14, 2019

‘Tis the Season for Surge Robots as Holiday Hiring Finds Automation

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The holiday hiring frenzy is under way and robots are joining the rush to seasonal jobs.

Retailers and logistics operators facing a tight labor market are ramping up automation at warehouses for the holidays, when online order volumes can surge tenfold as consumers load up digital shopping carts in the weeks around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

To cope, some businesses are ordering up extra fleets of collaborative robots, or “cobots,” that use cameras, lasers and sensors to navigate warehouse aisles and lead workers to the right shelves or to shuttle bins full of products between workstations. Many are available for lease.

Nov 13, 2019

The High-Tech Vertical Farmer

Posted by in categories: employment, food, robotics/AI, sustainability

In the kale-filled facility at vertical farm startup Bowery Farming, it’s a piece of proprietary software that makes most of the critical decisions — like when to harvest and how much to water each plant. But it still takes humans to carry out many tasks around the farm. Katie Morich, 25, loves the work. But as roboticists make gains, will her employer need her forever? This is the fourth episode of Next Jobs, a series about careers of the future hosted by Bloomberg Technology’s Aki Ito.

Host, Producer: Aki Ito
Camera: Alan Jeffries, Brian Schildhorn
Co-Producer: David Nicholson
Editor: Victoria Daniell
Writers: Aki Ito and Victoria Daniell.

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