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Wed, Mar 27, 2013 -- 10:00 AM

Are Robots Taking a Toll on Jobs?


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ICub, a Humanoid robot, tries to grab a ball on March 19, 2013 at the Innorobo 2013 European summit in Lyon, France
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ICub, a Humanoid robot, tries to grab a ball on March 19, 2013 at the Innorobo 2013 European summit in Lyon, France

The Golden Gate Bridge switches this week from toll booths to electronic tolling. The pre-payment system is supposed to make commuting faster, but it also puts human toll booth operators out of a job. With robots playing increasingly key roles in manufacturing, surgery, and everyday operations, where does that leave the flesh-and blood worker? Are there downsides to the rise of robots? Or does this reliance on technology simply make humans more efficient, creating new job opportunities?

Host: Joshua Johnson

Guests:

  • Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at the Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and author of "Enterprise 2.0" and "Rage Against the Machine"
  • Catherine Mohr, director of medical research at Intuitive Surgery
  • Mark Micire, research scientist in the Intelligent Robots Group for both Carnegie Mellon University and the NASA Ames Research Center
  • Martin Ford, owner of Silicon Valley software company and author of "The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future"

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