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2022-07-01 6:24:31 AM  
I'm sure the thought that you will be replaced by a pick-and-place machine as soon as you cost sufficiently more than the machine and supporting equipment is extremely comforting and doesn't at all set off a massive anxiety bomb in your head.
 
2022-07-01 6:30:38 AM  
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2022-07-01 7:20:01 AM  
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2022-07-01 7:21:05 AM  
Or course there is this problem those working and living with robots know all too well:

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2022-07-01 7:23:52 AM  
Clark, get me another gin.
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2022-07-01 7:36:08 AM  
NoBodY WanZ To WErk!
Replaces people with automation...
Bottom line is improved by thousandth of a percent...
Shareholders orgasm slightly...
 
2022-07-01 7:42:17 AM  

Nullav: I'm sure the thought that you will be replaced by a pick-and-place machine as soon as you cost sufficiently more than the machine and supporting equipment is extremely comforting and doesn't at all set off a massive anxiety bomb in your head.


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While an increase in U.S. exposure to robotics resulted in more adverse mental health effects, German workers saw no significant mental-health change when exposed to robotics. These findings then beg the question: Why does American automation at work seem to result in much more negative outcomes than in Germany?

"Robot exposure did not cause disruptive job losses in Germany; Germany has a much higher employment protection legislation," Giuntella said. "Our evidence finds that, in both contexts, robots have a positive impact on the physical health of workers by reducing injuries and work- related disabilities. However, our findings suggests that, in contexts where workers were less protected, competition with robots was associated with a rise in mental health problems."


This is good science. To your point, correlation doesn't mean causation but the data suggests we need better employee protections for our mental health, or better mental health care in general and I think everyone agrees on that.

Automation by itself isn't bad. In fact, I teach that automating is a necessary life skill these days. What does an Automator look like? People never think of a CEO as an automator, but he is. YOU are the automation for HIM, and if you don't learn how to automate your job, someone or something else will. You want to BE the automator, not the automation. It might make you a CEO somewhere.
 
2022-07-01 7:43:24 AM  
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2022-07-01 8:04:35 AM  
In my universe, Americans love robots and hate people.  Surely in your universe, it's completely opposite and people love each other and never ignore them to spend time engaging with cold, heartless machines?
 
2022-07-01 8:13:46 AM  

Glorious Golden Ass: In my universe, Americans love robots and hate people.  Surely in your universe, it's completely opposite and people love each other and never ignore them to spend time engaging with cold, heartless machines?


If they can pass a V-K test, why not?

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2022-07-01 8:17:58 AM  

Wine Sipping Elitist: Nullav: I'm sure the thought that you will be replaced by a pick-and-place machine as soon as you cost sufficiently more than the machine and supporting equipment is extremely comforting and doesn't at all set off a massive anxiety bomb in your head.

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While an increase in U.S. exposure to robotics resulted in more adverse mental health effects, German workers saw no significant mental-health change when exposed to robotics. These findings then beg the question: Why does American automation at work seem to result in much more negative outcomes than in Germany?


Because robotics and automation are two VERY different things and they're used very differently. And because neither of those things separately are capable of "replacing" human workers and can only be combined at all in very specific situations.

America has terrible outcomes because our labor market sucks and our economy is a giant neoliberal pyramid scheme built on a foundation of debt, racial resentment, and individualism. So when automation inevitably raises the net productivity of workers -- which is what it ACTUALLY does when implemented -- the workers take home none of those gains, the bosses get pat raises, and anyone who gets angry is offered a credit card at 28% APR and an anecdote about the lazy mexicans who stole their jobs.
 
2022-07-01 8:34:21 AM  
Did he finish the joke?

Oh, that Bender.

/carry on
 
2022-07-01 10:12:37 AM  
That stupid robot wont shut up about sex.    Y'know; left, down, rotate 62 degrees, engage rotor.
 
2022-07-01 11:13:38 AM  
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