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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:52 pm    Post subject: [chip-in-head] Comfortably dumb work efficiency Reply with quote

Today's update on progress toward BK's chip-in-head future:

Work efficiency.

Perhaps you've read Manna?
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Depending on how you want to think about it, it was funny or inevitable or symbolic that the robotic takeover did not start at MIT, NASA, Microsoft or Ford. It started at a Burger-G restaurant in Cary, NC on May 17. It seemed like such a simple thing at the time, but May 17 marked a pivotal moment in human history.

[...]

To me, Manna was OK. The job at Burger-G was mindless, and Manna made it easy by telling you exactly what to do. You could even get Manna to play music through your headphones, in the background. Manna had a set of "stations" that you could choose from. That was a bonus. And Manna kept you busy the entire day. Every single minute, you had something that Manna was telling you to do. If you simply turned off your brain and went with the flow of Manna, the day went by very fast.


Well, it didn't exactly happen in fast food, but perhaps Walmart is close enough:
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The robots scan aisles for out-of-stock items, items put in the wrong place by customers, incorrect prices, and wrong or missing labels. They continuously go up and down the aisles of the store, alerting human employees of errors it sees. That makes employees more efficient at correcting errors and automates a task employees say they don’t like.


Perhaps the immediate future of robotics and AI most threaten management rather than the laborer. Of course, stocking shelves for bipeds is just a relic of yesteryear's distribution model.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:36 pm    Post subject: Re: [chip-in-head] Comfortably dumb work efficiency Reply with quote

pjp wrote:
Perhaps you've read Mana?

. . .


I hadn't until now. Makes me ill just thinking about that level of micromanaging! I'm even more ill that most people want it and thrive on it!

Is it fiction?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:49 pm    Post subject: Re: [chip-in-head] Comfortably dumb work efficiency Reply with quote

pjp wrote:
Today's update on progress toward BK's chip-in-head future:

Work efficiency.

Perhaps you've read Mana?
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Depending on how you want to think about it, it was funny or inevitable or symbolic that the robotic takeover did not start at MIT, NASA, Microsoft or Ford. It started at a Burger-G restaurant in Cary, NC on May 17. It seemed like such a simple thing at the time, but May 17 marked a pivotal moment in human history.

[...]

To me, Manna was OK. The job at Burger-G was mindless, and Manna made it easy by telling you exactly what to do. You could even get Manna to play music through your headphones, in the background. Manna had a set of "stations" that you could choose from. That was a bonus. And Manna kept you busy the entire day. Every single minute, you had something that Manna was telling you to do. If you simply turned off your brain and went with the flow of Manna, the day went by very fast.


That's awesome, thanks for that. When I'm done with my current round of exams I'll give this a good read.

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Well, it didn't exactly happen in fast food, but perhaps Walmart is close enough:
source wrote:
The robots scan aisles for out-of-stock items, items put in the wrong place by customers, incorrect prices, and wrong or missing labels. They continuously go up and down the aisles of the store, alerting human employees of errors it sees. That makes employees more efficient at correcting errors and automates a task employees say they don’t like.


Perhaps the immediate future of robotics and AI most threaten management rather than the laborer. Of course, stocking shelves for bipeds is just a relic of yesteryear's distribution model.


That's actually a very good point. People assume that robots will replace the army of low skilled workers because their tasks are simple. Actually they are very difficult to automate, lots of moving around and moving things, this makes for very expensive robots and the potential for expensive accidents. As well all know, it's much easier to automate information based tasks
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if x == true; then do y;
directing the low skilled workers is much easier, they are more likely to take orders and replacing higher paid managers with autobots is much more cost effective and good for public image that firing a whole load of low skilled people.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:02 pm    Post subject: Re: [chip-in-head] Comfortably dumb work efficiency Reply with quote

BonezTheGoon wrote:
pjp wrote:
Perhaps you've read Mana?

. . .


I hadn't until now. Makes me ill just thinking about that level of micromanaging! I'm even more ill that most people want it and thrive on it!

Is it fiction?
Depends on what you mean by fiction. Some of it has come true (an example, possible spoiler). Read on (it is multiple chapters).
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:07 pm    Post subject: Re: [chip-in-head] Comfortably dumb work efficiency Reply with quote

HungGarTiger wrote:
That's awesome, thanks for that. When I'm done with my current round of exams I'll give this a good read.
You're welcome. I thought it was a pretty good short story read.

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That's actually a very good point. People assume that robots will replace the army of low skilled workers because their tasks are simple. Actually they are very difficult to automate, lots of moving around and moving things, this makes for very expensive robots and the potential for expensive accidents. As well all know, it's much easier to automate information based tasks
Code:
if x == true; then do y;
directing the low skilled workers is much easier, they are more likely to take orders and replacing higher paid managers with autobots is much more cost effective and good for public image that firing a whole load of low skilled people.
Continuing with that thought line, robot "coordinated" human tasks might well be able to employ those who were previously considered the "least employable" people. Which would put further pressure on the middle class.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some time ago I'm pretty sure I read about IBM's Watson tackling the legal profession as well. Thought I posted it in a thread, but couldn't find it.

This is not Watson.

The robot lawyers are here - and they’re winning wrote:
Both the humans and the AI were given the basic facts of hundreds of PPI (payment protection insurance) mis-selling cases and asked to predict whether the Financial Ombudsman would allow a claim.
In all, they submitted 775 predictions and the computer won hands down, with Case Cruncher getting an accuracy rate of 86.6%, compared with 66.3% for the lawyers.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New paper: A smart place to work? Big data systems, labour, control, and modern retail stores
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The modern retail store is a complex coded assemblage and data-intensive environment, its operations and management mediated by a number of interlinked big data systems. This paper draws on an ethnography of a superstore in Ireland to examine how these systems modulate the functioning of the store and working practices of employees. It was found that retail work involves a continual movement between a governance regime of control reliant on big data systems which seek to regulate and harnesses formal labour and automation into enterprise planning, and a disciplinary regime that deals with the symbolic, interactive labour that workers perform and acts as a reserve mode of governmentality if control fails. This continual movement is caused by new systems of control being open to vertical and horizontal fissures. While retail functions as a coded assemblage of control, systems are too brittle to sustain the code/space and governmentality desired.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

375 million jobs may be automated by 2030, study suggests wrote:
"The dire predictions that robots are taking our jobs are overblown," Lund said. "Yes, work will be automated, [but] there will be enough jobs for everyone in most areas."

The authors don't expect automation will displace jobs involving managing people, social interactions or applying expertise. Gardeners, plumbers, child and elder-care workers are among those facing less risk from automation.

The takeaway: If you want to breathe easily, keep your people skills sharp.
"In most areas." AKA, automation will replace jobs in some areas, and since they're spinning, that probably means a notable amount. Remember, it's a recession when your neighbor loses their job; it's a depression when you lose yours.

The authors would be wrong on the expectation of job displacement. AI and robots have already demonstrated the ability to replace some tasks associated with high-level jobs (such as law) as well as at least some basic supervisory capabilities (put that back on the shelf, go clean the bathroom). Kiosks are replacing some social interactions, and robots and/or AI are being trained to replace more (bank tellers, airport check-in).

Gardeners? These people have to be on crack.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Future of Work Is Uncertain, Schools Should Worry Now
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Automation and artificial intelligence are disrupting the labor market. What do K-12 educators and policymakers need to know?

Today's 6th graders will hit their prime working years in 2030.

By that time, the "robot apocalypse" could be fully upon us. Automation and artificial intelligence could have eliminated half the jobs in the United States economy.

Or, plenty of jobs could still exist, but today's students could be locked in a fierce competition for a few richly rewarded positions requiring advanced technical and interpersonal skills. Robots and algorithms would take care of what used to be solid working- and middle-class jobs. And the kids who didn't get that cutting-edge computer science course or life-changing middle school project? They'd be relegated to a series of dead-end positions, serving the elites who did.

Alternatively, maybe Bill Gates and Elon Musk and the other big names ringing the alarm are wrong. A decade from now, perhaps companies will still complain they can't find employees who can read an instruction manual and pass a drug test. Maybe workers will still be able to hold on to the American Dream, so long as they can adjust to incremental technological shifts in the workplace.

Which vision will prove correct?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ultimate conclusion is inevitable: humans are unnecessary and a superfluous waste of resources. This is why we need to make philosophy mandatory, so the robots have the right rules.
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Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs

The envisioned alternatives sound like a past we were glad to escape.
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We're all doomed. Doomed, I tell you.
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Amazon patents a wristband that can track workers' movement
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The US Patent and Trademark Office awarded Amazon two patents on Tuesday for a wristband that would track where its workers put their hands in relation to inventory bins and for a "haptic feedback system" to signal if they have the right bin to retrieve an item. The patent documents were first spotted by GeekWire.

The "ultrasonic bracelet," designed to be a time- and labor-saving device, would work by periodically emitting ultrasonic sound pulses to a receiver, tracking which bin a worker is reaching for and monitoring how efficiently they fulfill orders. The wristband would also send and receive radio transmissions, pinning a worker's location and giving a burst of "haptic feedback," a vibration similar to those found in phones or game controllers, which would tell the employee if they're reaching for the right bin.

The approach would eliminate the need for extra time-consuming acts, "such as pushing a button associated with the inventory bin or scanning a barcode associated with the inventory bin," one patent's description reads.

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The Real Future of Work
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[From 2005 to 2015], all net job growth in the American economy has been in contingent jobs.

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