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Future of Robotics (03:50)


At STO Express, robots condense 15 minutes of humans sorting the mail into 32 seconds. Sensors read the destination address and take it to the correct place. Within three years, the facility will no longer employ humans.

Evolution of Robots (02:02)

Robots can run and jump better than humans. The AlphaGo program beat the top champion at Go, one of the most complicated games in the world. Saudi Arabia recognized a robot by granting them citizenship. (Credits)

Repetitive Motions (03:07)

A salesperson teaches a robotic arm to perform a task it can continuously repeat. This type of machinery is affordable for small businesses and prevents repetitive injuries.

Universal Robots (06:02)

Esben Østergaard created the concept of a human-assistance robot. Thirty years ago, Maersk wanted to automate its transportation and donated to the university. Robots grow businesses and can lead to more human employment.

Artificial Intelligence (08:46)

Ergun Ekici demonstrates Amelia, a program designed to eliminate office workers. The software can recite and interpret facts. People relate better to a machine when it looks human and is empathetic. Artificial intelligence will eliminate 250 million jobs worldwide by 2025.

Digitized Accounting (03:40)

Beverly Clayton lost her job at Wal-Mart as an accountant after it became digital. An installed machine can complete in minutes, the same tasks that took her hours.

Sepro (05:59)

Sepro runs an autonomous plastics processing plant. Jean-Michel Renaudeau meets with sales representatives who want him to buy a robot receptionist; the software only responds to pre-programmed interactions. David Borne demonstrates the latest trends in AI.

Misuse of Technology (03:58)

Daron Acemoglu cautions that jobs are not re-growing at a rate he previously anticipated. Renaudeau meets with auto industry manufacturers in Detroit. Human workers are less efficient.

Ti Automotive (03:10)

Renaudeau visits a facility that produces the plastic parts inside a car's engine and only employs two human technicians. The American automotive industry needs to replace human workers with robots to remain competitive.

Chinese Workers (02:41)

Thousands of protests erupted in the past five years. The government decided to pursue robotization. A labor organizer describes why strikes have increased.

Home Appliance Companies (06:39)

Haier and Hisense use robots to produce televisions and othe appliances; 500 robots have been installed resulting in over 3,000 job eliminations. A labor organizer cautions against mass automation in China.

Credits: Robots: A Brave New World? (00:09)

Credits: Robots: A Brave New World?

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A new industrial revolution is under way. Super-intelligent, docile and never tired, robot workers are carrying out ever more complex tasks. In Saudi Arabia, some have reached such a stage of evolution that they have even acquired the status of citizen! But workers are struggling to find their place in this new world and even the creators themselves suspect that robots are destroying more jobs than they create. What will be their impact on the labor market? Is society prepared for such upheavals?

Length: 51 minutes

Item#: BVL149045

ISBN: 978-1-64347-513-4

Copyright date: ©2018

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