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Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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12/2/2014 | 5:09:35 AM
Re: Smart way to approach robotics
Michelle, 

I have a totally opposed vision and expections to the one you have. :) I can't wait to the time when people can spend more time on interesting tasks to make the most of their time on this life leaving all the boring, repetitive tasks at all levels to robots. 

Life is too short to spend too much time performing tasks than even necessary they are not really rewarding. It's just stuff that has to be done. 

Robots like Baxter, and many other AIs, can work together with humans and help by doing the boring and repetitive stuff, which I doubt anyone enjoys.

Workers who perform repetitive tasks in production lines do it because they didn't have the chance to get a better education to get a better job, or maybe not getting a better education was their choice.

Online education is going to help there bringing more affordable, or free education closer to those who want to get further in life.

I can't imagine that someone would say they love to screw caps onto toothpaste tubes eight hours a day. How can that affect the brain? After a while it's practically impossible to focus and you naturally slow down. 

Robots can go on and on at the same speed. And the workers who did the boring stuff before can be in charge of the robots' maintenance, programming, etc. 

"There is value in working through the really boring stuff to get to the interesting bits."

What could be the best example of that? 

-Susan

 
Susan Fourtané
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12/2/2014 | 2:35:31 AM
Re: Smart way to approach robotics
Brian,

"Robotics along with 3D printing and drones are developing at a fast pace."

Yes. And don't forget IoT in that mix. Put them all together and you get a massive change in production manufacturing, something that will change manufacturing as we know it. 

But only manufacturing, you can use the mix in many other industries, including healthcare. It's fascinating. Also, yes, BYOR might be coming along at some point, too. 

Now, life extension research needs to hurry up in finding ways to extend life to at least 200 conserving good mental and physical capabilities. 

-Susan
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Ariella,
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12/1/2014 | 10:02:10 AM
Re: I feel like a
<  Part of the problem is that as we advance further in capability, the "employee" side of the job (making a living wage, feeling useful, having a place in the economy) and the "producer" side of the job (adding value to the collective work, achieving the common purpose, having a claim on the employer) are rapidly decoupling>

@JohnBarnes that reminds of my days as a labor studies student. Back then the decoupling was blamed on the shift to factory work engineered for mass production in which one doesn't have the satisfaction the craftsman had in seeing somethinf from start to finish. Certainly, the union mentality, from what I've seen of it assumes there is not connection within work itself and strives to fill the void by convincing workers the union will provide that.


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