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I D Shukhov

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Robot temp agency
« on: August 06, 2017, 09:00:13 AM »
This article https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/rise-of-the-machines/2017/08/05/631e20ba-76df-11e7-8f39-eeb7d3a2d304_story.html appeared in today's Washington Post.

It mentioned a company named Hirebotics  whose business model is to hire small robots on an hourly basis to manufacturers. 

A co-founder explains the model here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSH7kOdslyo

He gives manufacturing 5-10 years before robots are the new norm in manufacturing.

Another Hirebotics co-founder explains how their robots are remotely monitored:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yyznl7ki1F0

I didn't like the way the Post article portrayed the two human workers it profiled as borderline alcoholics who deserved to be replaced by robots.  It discounted working class humans as being too unfit to even have jobs. 

This TechRepublic article profiles Hirebotics in more detail:  http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-a-two-man-startup-in-nashville-is-running-the-worlds-first-robot-rental-company/

I noticed (but didn't read) this other industrial robot article pointed to in the TechRepublic article.  http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-robots-are-filling-worker-shortages-replacing-bad-jobs-and-making-work-more-rewarding/ 

I'd say almost all workers -- manufacturing and information -- are going to need to spend some time being aware of what could automate what they are now doing and plan on a career pivot accordingly.







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Re: Robot temp agency
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2017, 02:45:24 PM »
I didn't read the whole article, but larger companies have written off the human race when it comes to manufacturing.  On a large scale, like car companies, this has happened already, but small scale, maybe this is our new strawberry picker.

Its good and bad if you think about it.  What happens to the human workers that just want to make a living?  It seems to me that there isn't much thought given to that.

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Here's a very different way to look at AI
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2017, 08:20:07 PM »

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I think the purpose of artificial intelligence (AI) is to empower humans with machine intelligence.
As machines get smarter, we get smarter.

I call this “Humanistic AI”.

Creating a partnership between humans and intelligent machines to create super-human performance is humanistic AI.

Instead of asking how smart we can make your machines, we should ask how smart can machines make us.

I believe that AI will make personal memory enhancement a reality.  I can’t say when, but I think it’s inevitable.

A personal memory is a private memory.  We get to choose what is and is not recalled and retained.  It’s absolutely essential that this be kept very secure.

We have a choice in how we use this powerful technology. We can choose to use AI to automate and compete with us.  Or we can use AI to augment and collaborate with us.

https://www.ted.com/talks/tom_gruber_how_ai_can_enhance_our_memory_work_and_social_lives

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Re: Robot temp agency
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2017, 03:19:23 PM »
I like the idea of thinking about AI as an enhancement to human intelligence instead of a takeover.  I believe it really is true that these machines can make our lives better but fear that they're there to replace us.