Envisioning a robotic future, Google puts its cash to work

  • Article by: JOHN MARKOFF , New York Times
  • Updated: December 4, 2013 - 10:42 AM

The project aims to automate parts of the retail supply chain.

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UMD1983Dec. 4, 13 8:34 AM

The field of robotics and its future uses has some pretty interesting implications for human labor. Study up, kids, because lots of low skill functions will be automated, and the remaining jobs will require more and more education. 25 years ago there were good paying jobs for welders in auto manufacturing, and it's now virtually all done by robots. Education is going to be paramount for anyone who wants to survive, let alone thrive, in the labor market of the not-so-distant future.

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davehougDec. 4, 1312:13 PM

A human-shaped robot will do wonders in being able to handle tough dangerous jobs in a world shaped for a human shape. A fire-fighting robot that can find and turn a valve up a flight of stairs would also be able to do many things. Who ever thought a car COULD be made self-driving?????

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davehougDec. 4, 1312:15 PM

A robot able to walk and balance would give tech to wheelchair users to do the same with a metal frame pulled on like pants.

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