Western Standard

The Shotgun Blog

« Lord Black appeals | Main | Leviathan in the UK »

Friday, January 09, 2009

Robots are everywhere, takin' our jobs!

Over on Reason's Hit & Run, Katherine Mangu-Ward points people to this interesting set of statistics about the distribution of robots in the world. Here's the nifty chart:


Are robots ready to take over for humans? Not yet, apparently. Here's a robot trying to climb some stairs with limited success:

UPDATE: No, I don't think robots are taking away jobs. The post title was a reference to this bit from South Park:

Posted by P.M. Jaworski on January 9, 2009 in Web/Tech | Permalink


You're probably saying "they're taking our jobs!" to be funny, but the idea that the government ought to mandate the reduction (or elimination) of the use of robots in manufacturing as a way to create jobs has been popping up frequently enough that I'm not sure it qualifies as a joke any more.

Posted by: Janet | 2009-01-09 3:45:57 PM

Right you are Janet. Let them take ALL our jobs! It's not the jobs we want anyway.

So if governments mandate the reduction of robots it would be immoral and unethical... wait a second, it is govenment. Of course they will act that way.

Seriously though, let them have all the jobs in the world.

Posted by: TM | 2009-01-09 4:59:58 PM

Actually, it's surprising that robots are so much more common in Japan than here. There are few unions in Japan and workers are generally conscientious and hardworking. Labour problems are relatively uncommon, unlike North America and even more notably in Europe. Western companies actually have much more incentive to automate.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-01-09 6:29:10 PM

The Walmart in my town had a robot Santa Claus this year. I think that's crossing the line.

Posted by: dp | 2009-01-09 7:48:44 PM

They're an HR manager's dream come true. No need to worry about over-friendly Santas provoking lawsuits, no bathroom breaks, no health care benefits. And about as Christmasy as the psychedelic sleigh that appeared briefly during the 1960s. Just imagine Santa's sleigh designed and painted by Andy Warhol.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-01-09 8:25:39 PM

Wierd that Italy of all backwards places has more robots per man hours than the US....

Posted by: Faramir | 2009-01-10 11:22:51 PM

The comments to this entry are closed.