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Robot Wars in China

Wumingren Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 12:03 PM
Back in the '60s, my dad presented plans for converting car haulers with hydraulic ramps on the trailer and a ramp over the cab, allowing them to load more cars per truck. The company didn't go for it, and continued dispatching trucks as usual. Then, on a trip out to Montana from Minnesota, his truck broke down and was awaiting parts. He handed the garage mechanic his drawings and before he returned to the home terminal, he had his truck modified. This ticked off the unions, because it meant more cars hauled with fewer dispatches, but the company nonetheless gave Dad all the longest routes in order to save money. It wasn't until the first Oil Crisis in 1973 that the company converted all of its trucks to save money.
Wumingren Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 12:06 PM
There are two morals to this story: (1) It is always easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission, and (2) it takes a strong push to get new technology online in the face of union opposition.

With increasing frequency I see articles on how robots are taking jobs once held by humans. Typically I batch a few of them up for comments, and I have a new set now.

Last week, on the manufacturing front I reported "Baxter" the Robot Out to Get Your Minimum-Wage, No Benefits, Part-Time Job, Because He's Still Much Cheaper; Fed Cannot Win a Fight Against Robots.

Alpha the Custom Burger Flipping Robot

Here is a similar story in the service industry...

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