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Video: Bridge Girder Machine

Written by Gary North on October 31, 2015

This is an amazing video. Over three million people have seen it. Notice that there are a dozen workers on the bridge. There may not be as many as there would have been, had the machine not been invented, but there are still employees. They are skilled employees. Message: don’t be John Henry.

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Robot Combination Cracker: 30 Seconds to Open Your Safe

Posted on July 7, 2015

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Weeks after introducing a manual method that narrows the number of potential combinations to a specific Master Lock down to just eight, intrepid hacker and engineer Samy Kamkar has developed an open source, 3D-printed robot that applies the technique automatically. Calling his gadget the “Combo Breaker,” Kamkar claims it can crack a common combination lock […]

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Mises on Robotics

Written by Gary North on June 27, 2015

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Ludwig von Mises was a defender of the concept of the division of labor. He rested his entire social philosophy on this concept. This included his doctrines of social peace, market processes, monetary calculation, and private property. He always returned to this theme: the division of labor. This idea of the division of central to […]

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Longshoremen’s Nightmare: Robotic Container Loading

Posted on June 13, 2015

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Giant new container handling cranes have recently arrived at the Long Beach Container Terminal in California, awkwardly perched aboard a Shanghai Zenhua Shipping (ZPMC) heavy lift vessel. The new cranes have a maximum outreach of 226 feet which allows them to reach over container ships carrying containers 24 across (side by side). They are large […]

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Stop the Military Robots

Posted on April 7, 2015

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A new global campaign to persuade nations to ban “killer robots” before they reach the production stage is to be launched in the United Kingdom by a group of academics, pressure groups and Nobel peace prize laureates. Robot warfare and autonomous weapons, the next step from unmanned drones, are already being worked on by scientists […]

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Apple’s Self-Driving Car

Written by Gary North on February 16, 2015

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It’s coming. When it comes, Uber will win. The taxi companies will lose. The cities that charge a million dollars per cab will lose. No more medallions! By Friday, the Financial Times reported Apple had started hiring employees from the automotive industry for a secretive new research lab. One of those hires includes Johann Jungwirth, […]

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“Scab” Robots Would Not Shut Down the Port of Los Angeles

Written by Gary North on February 13, 2015

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Union members for decades called non-union strike-breakers “scabs.” They used violence against them. That was because they were thugs. In the contest between the scabs and the thugs, the consumers’ best interests were always upheld by the scabs. Soon, consumers will be facing the negative effects of a closing of the ports of California. A […]

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Robots Deliver Hospital Food

Written by Gary North on February 13, 2015

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Everyone complains about hospital food. That’s before they see what each meal cost them. Now, to save money, the University of California’s hospital has assigned to robots the task of delivering this food. It does no good to complain to a robot about the lack of nutrition or taste. This is the wave of the […]

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