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Ruthless Quotas at Amazon Are Maiming Employees

Will Evans The Atlantic
This holiday season, Amazon will move millions of packages at dizzying speed. Internal injury reports suggest all that convenience is coming at the expense of worker safety.

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Will Kiosks And Robots Replace Hotel Workers?

Stewart Yerton Honolulu Civil Beat
The concerns of hotel workers come at a time when jobs once reserved for people are increasingly being replaced by machines and mobile phone apps. It’s no longer just factory workers being replaced by robots — or even cashiers and clerks.

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The Automation Charade

Astra Taylor Logic
Woman vacuuming. The rise of the robots has been greatly exaggerated. Whose interests does that serve?

The Robot, Unemployment, and Immigrants

Roberto Savio transform! europe
For every industrial robot introduced into the workforce, six jobs are eliminated. – Since a few days, Amazon has started Amazon Go. The idea is simple: a shop where you go in, take whatever you want from the shelves, and the cost goes automatically to a magnetic card that you carry.

The Future of Work, a History

Kevin Baker Politico
America has a long, complicated track record of dreading that robots would take our jobs.

Robots and Revolution

Alakananda Mookerjee Red Wedge
Data from the International Federation of Robotics – a non-profit that protects the interests of the robot industry – show that today, worldwide, for every 10,000 employees, on an average, there are 66 robots. In South Korea, that density is about 400; 300 in Japan; 290 in Germany; and 160 in the U.S. The apocalypse depicted in R.U.R. is far from reality, assures one of the I.F.R.’s brochures. The loss of employment from automation, though, will only fuel fear of robots.
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