Google robot is 'the end of manual labor': VC

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Returntosender, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. Returntosender

    Returntosender Well-Known Member

    Boston Dynamics' new "Atlas" robot is a game changer, not just for companies, but for society, CEO Jason Calacanis said Wednesday.

    "This is really the end of manual labor. When you watch this video, he's walking through the snow; he's wobbly, but he gets back up," the tech investor told CNBC's "Squawk Alley."

    "Manual labor is going to end in our lifetime, and in this video you can see how close we really are. It's a huge societal issue with jobs, but it's going to be a huge lift in terms of efficiency of companies that nobody expected."
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  2. Orion inc.

    Orion inc. I like turtles

    Well then 70%?of the population won't have income or jobs. Then who's going to buy anything these companies sell?
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  3. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    Will the robots be made in China?
  4. PiedmontSteward

    PiedmontSteward RTW-4-Less

    This is actually a very serious discussion our society is going to have to have in the next 25 years or so as automation really cranks up. At that point, we're going to have to consider a basic guaranteed yearly income for people.

    UPS "probably" won't be able to automate package delivery while you (or even me) are still working. But it's going to eventually happen.
  5. HardknocksUPSer

    HardknocksUPSer Well-Known Member

    Wow lol, just what we need, the opportunity to give more fat lazy :censored2:s the chance to stay away from working. Honestly sickens me.
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  6. clean hairy

    clean hairy Well-Known Member

    Suppose the day comes when these things are loading at UPS.
    How will it react when a Sup mentions it had 6 misloads the day before, and the pph are low, and it better speed up?
    It might just stare at the Sup and say "that does not compute!" or, "while you were babbling, I could have loaded 16.8 boxes, are you done spewing senseless human nonsense?"
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  7. 728ups

    728ups offending people on the internet since 1995

    I always wanted a Robot like the one in Lost in Space
  8. Orion inc.

    Orion inc. I like turtles

    I was thinking the same. The R and D for this is in the billions. By the time they get the technology stable, the per piece cost of one robot unit could be astronomical. It'll only look attractive to ups and others when the robot AI technology is "affordable ".

    Kind of like when cell phone technology or computers came out. The costs were crazy but then 20-30 years later, it's cheap. That's my guess of how this plays out.

    I'm betting a new driver starting now has 35 years before this technology becomes affordable.

    They will be the last generation of human labor
  9. Box Ox

    Box Ox Well-Known Member

    Sounds like Center Managers could have the most to worry about if that's how it's gonna act.
  10. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    What's he going to do 5 stops an hour?
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  11. Big Arrow Down...D

    Big Arrow Down...D Leave the gun,take the cannoli

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  12. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Can he be programmed to give a handjob?
  13. Faceplanted

    Faceplanted Well-Known Member

    Exactly what I said In the other thread and everybody thinks I'm a nut. No need for humans in another 20 or so years at ups. maybe to ride shot gun in the "older" pcs to walk packages to the door with the truck using self driving technology
  14. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

  15. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    Nationalize Corporations or tax robots really high.
  16. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    Teamster Thug!
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  17. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    And a BJ or butt:censored3:!
  18. Orion inc.

    Orion inc. I like turtles

    I'm thinking that'll happen in 30 or so years. Not 20.
  19. clean hairy

    clean hairy Well-Known Member

    Not following methods!
    "grip and pick up box on opposite corners"
    What will keep a person from trippng the robot and stealing the box?
    The robot is going to chase after the person and beat them up for stealing the box?
    The robot will be fired, zero tolerance for workplace violence!
  20. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Robot will record the thief in HD and turn the pics over to law enforcement.