Headline, February 17 2019/ '' ' ROBOTIC JOBS ROUNDUP ' '' : STUDENTS



IF THE ROBOTIC ADVANCE TOWARDS HUMAN JOBS WERE TO happen 50 years from now, there would be plenty of time for the educational system to catch up to the job market?............

''DISRUPTING CLASS'' : WHILE PROFESSOR CHRISTENSEN would go on to write a sequel and many more books on adjacent topics ripe for disruption, like education -

And healthcare [ ''innovator's Prescription in 2009]. it was his initial idea that was devastatingly insightful.
I use the term devastate because, though no fault of Professor Christensen's, disruptive innovation took a turn for the worst in technology.

Silicon Valley failed to marry disruption with a concept of corporate responsibility, and growth at all costs became its motto. The more measured approach that Professor Christensen taught was ignored.

Professors Clay Christensen's bracing ideas about management are more relevant than ever as the  tech industry seeks redemption.

And : ''In fact, how students allocate their own resources can make your life turn out to be exactly as you hope or very different from what you intended.''

And, most of all : ''Decide what you stand for and then stand for it all the time.''

Covariant engineers believe their robots will improve with practice. As a robot in one warehouse learns better ways for picking up certain items, the information feeds back to what is essentially a central brain run by Covariant that will operate machines.

Dirk Jandura, the managing director of Obeta, said companies like his were under extreme pressure to be more efficient.
''Automation is a key way to keep costs low''.

LIKE many warehouse operators, Obeta has trouble finding workers willing to do the monotonous work. Each picker handles about 170 orders an hour, or about three per minute, over an eight hour day.

In the summer, temperatures in the warehouse reach more than 100 degrees. It is hard to keep the employees for longer than six months.

For Obeta, the new robot is an ideal solution. A job that requires three humans is done by one tireless robot.

''It doesn't smoke, is always in good health, isn't chatting with its neighbors, no toilet breaks,'' Mr. Jandura said. ''It's more efficient.''

Knapp is also considering the design of warehouses staffed by robots rather than humans that would allow for packages to be more densely packed into spaces and retrieved by robots trained to perform the task.

''The new warehouses will be built A.I. robots and not humans,'' Mr. Puchwein said.

Knapp plans to make it hard for companies to say no to replacing humans workers with robots. Mr. Puchwein said they would charge a fee that was always lower than what a company would pay a human. If a company paid $40,000 per year to a worker. Knapp would charge about $30,000 he said.

''We just go lower,'' he said. ''That's basically the business model. For the customer, it's very hard to decide.''

Beth Gutelius, associate director of the center for Urban Economic Development at the University of Illinois Chicago, who has studied the impact of automation on work, said this kind of technology was unlikely to shift the job market any time soon.

The greater problem, she said, is that as humans work alongside robots, they will be judged in new ways. ''As we start to compare the speed and efficiency of humans to robots, there is a whole new set of health and safety issues that emerge, she said.

Piter Abbeel, a Berkeley professor who is a co-founder of Covariant as well as its president and chief scientist, said humans would continue to work alongside machines in these kind of warehouses.

But he acknowledged that the job market would significantly shift as machine learning improved.

''If this happens 50 years from now, there is plenty of time for the educational system to catch up to the job market,'' he said.

At the German warehouse, a woman in a baggy T-shirt diligently sorted through the boxes, occasionally looking up at the English-speaking visitors who were taking pictures of the robot and were marvelling at its effectiveness.

A Covariant engineer walked over to the group to share  that the robot had filled more than 200 orders in the last hour, enough to receive a bonus if it were a human.

Perhaps the tech industry does not deserve the kind of and good advice that Professor Christensen imparted., but it should take it anyway. That way, while he rests in peace, it could give the world and The World Students Society some, too

With respectful dedication to the Leaders, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world.

See Ya all prepare and register for Great Global Elections on The World Students Society : wssciw. blogspot.com and Twitter - !E-WOW! - The Ecosystem 2011.

''' Techs - Times '''

Good Night and God Bless

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