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Replaced by robots? The challenges and opportunities of automation for the workforce

This seminar is part of the Oxford Martin School Hilary Term seminar series: Blurring the lines: the changing dynamics between man and machine Speakers: Dr C…
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Leap Motion Lays Off 10% Of Its Workforce After Missing On First Year Sales Estimates

Leap Motion won a lot of buzz early on for its motion controller, which is designed to make it possible for users to interact with their computer through gestures alone. The early buzz and pre-order interest led to a lot of growth, with the company swelling to 120 employees at its peak. But disappointing reviews when the hardware actually shipped took some of the wind out of the startup’s… Read More

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Leap Motion Lays Off 10% Of Its Workforce After Missing On First Year Sales Estimates

Leap Motion won a lot of buzz early on for its motion controller, which is designed to make it possible for users to interact with their computer through gestures alone. The early buzz and pre-order interest led to a lot of growth, with the company swelling to 120 employees at its peak. But disappointing reviews when the hardware actually shipped took some of the wind out of the startup’s… Read More

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What would happen in a age where robots are not just the main workforce but the dominant one?

Question by Stupid Smart Man: What would happen in a age where robots are not just the main workforce but the dominant one?
Humans would some how have to find a job, but if those evil robots are doing the job more efficiently and cheaper, then how will humans be able to buy what the robots are making?
Do you think that humans not having to work is good for them? would not many of us become very lazy?

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Answer by Toni
If robots do all the work, there will be no scarcity and thus no reason for anyone to have to pay.

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Motorola workforce to drop by 10 percent, cuts being made in US, China and India

Google’s Motorola unit appears to be dealing with some hard times– according to an e-mail acquired by the Wall Road Diary, up to ten percent of the division’s labor force is dealing with layoffs. “While we’re very optimistic about the brand-new products in our pipeline, we still face difficulties,” explained the email. High costs and losses in competitive markets are requiring the company to make staffing cuts. “These cuts are a continuation of the reductions we announced last summer,” a spokesman told the WSJ. “It’s certainly really hard for the employees worried and we’re committed to helping them with this hard transition. Much like the company’s August personnel reduction, the brand-new layoffs will effect workers in China, India and the US, decreasing the team by about 1,200 staff members general. It’s a rocky beginning to the period, however one the business considers needed to get it with the next generation of mobile gadgets. Ideally it has something in store with enough “wow” aspect to stave off future cuts.

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Google’s Motorola laying off 20 percent of its workforce as it focuses on a few good phones

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Simply months after Google completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, significant restructuring is leading to a 20 percent cut of its labor force, states The New York Times. A third of the job cuts are reported to be stemming from its US operations, following an earlier reshuffle that saw Motorola lose 40 percent of its vice presidents. As part of the move, Motorola will also be dialing down its operations in Asia and India, and also its R&D spending in Chicago, Sunnyvale, and Beijing. The shift is designed to refocus Motorola & rsquo; s item line away from low-end devices, and to focus on “a few cellphones as an alternative of dozens,” the company & rsquo; s CEO, Dennis Woodside, told the Times. He went on to say that Motorola wants to re-invigorate its …

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Google’s Motorola laying off 20 percent of its workforce as it focuses on a few good phones

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Just months after Google completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, major restructuring is resulting in a 20 percent cut of its workforce, reports The New York Times. A third of the job cuts are reported to be coming from its US operations, following an earlier reshuffle that saw Motorola lose 40 percent of its vice presidents. As part of the move, Motorola will also be dialing down its operations in Asia and India, as well as its R&D spending in Chicago, Sunnyvale, and Beijing. The shift is designed to refocus Motorola’s product line away from low-end devices, and to concentrate on “a few cellphones instead of dozens,” the company’s CEO, Dennis Woodside, told the Times. He went on to say that Motorola wants to re-invigorate its…

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what are the recent devoplments with robotics in the workforce?

Question by budman91988: what are the recent devoplments with robotics in the workforce?
how it would effcet the workforce and make it better and if it would take over the workforce

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Answer by b4freedom
Robots are slowly starting to replace desk workers and clarical people. They file papers and write memo’s to their bosses. They also answer phones and call people with appointment reminders. However, they still can’t go out for lunch and hold a conversation.

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Review: Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4540 All-in-One Printer

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We’ve covered quite a bit of the Epson line and usually found the printers to be solid, respectable, and inexpensive. This latest addition to the WorkForce family, the WP-4540 is arguably all of those with a few caveats.

This is a workhorse printer, designed solely to pump out as much paper as possible in an office setting. It’s quite large and heavy, and adding on the extra paper drawer makes it nearly a foot high. It weighs in at 36 lbs, making it cousin to some more compact laser printers. It can hold 580 sheets and prints duplex, which is at once a potential cost and time savings as your employees use less paper and have to fill the thing up less frequently.

Because this is an multifunction unit, it includes a 30-sheet scanning hopper and can send faxes and scan to memory sticks.

You’re going to see about five sheets per minute out of this thing and print quality was more than acceptable for an inkjet. Text printing was solid with no artifacts or banding and the photos we printed, while a bit light, we acceptable on glossy photo paper. The average photo took about a minute to print.

One absolutely excellent feature is built-in AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. AirPrint alone is worth the price of admission on this unit and is a real timesaver.

Luckily, AirPrint saves the day here because its presence enables me to overlook a number of potentially fatal flaws this printer has. First, there is no card reader built-in, so photographers should probably steer clear. It also doesn’t support PictBridge or printing from a thumb drive, omissions that push this firmly into the back-office category of printer. If you’re looking for a family/small office printer, I’d recommend something from Canon or another Epson MFP. This is not the printer you’re looking for.

That said, at $ 299 this printer is cheap enough to be dangerous and thanks to relatively inexpensive ink – you’re paying about 2 cents per page – you’re not going to break the bank maintaining this unit.

This printer doesn’t want the limelight. Stick it in a back room somewhere and tell people to print their internal documents to it. If you need something personal with more photo features, you’re going to come away disappointed. However, as a maintenance-free printer that will do its work quickly and well, you probably can’t go wrong.

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Contest: For You, My Friend, An Epson WorkForce 635

What could be better on a fine morning like this than an Epson WorkForce 635 all-in-one printer. This printer does it all, including scan, fax, print, and solve many of the world’s pressing problems including global warming, Mideast Peace, and how to get the fine hairs of a Jack Russell’s fur out of a wool coat.

Take your productivity to new heights with the WorkForce 635, the all-in-one that brings you the world’s fastest one- and two-sided print speeds in its class1, automatic, two-sided printing / copying, and a two-sided Automatic Document Feeder (ADF). Blazing through critical tasks at speeds of 15 ISO ppm (black) and 7.2 ISO ppm (color), the WorkForce 635 uses 127 Extra High-capacity Black ink, so you get 2x more prints per cartridge, which means less time spent replacing cartridges.

How do you win? Oh, I think you know.

Comment below describing the joy you will feel as you unbox this printer. Will you squeal? Will you dance? We want to know. We’ll close comments on Monday at Noon New York time and pick one winner. What a treat!

Thanks to Epson for hanging out with us at the Rec Center when all the other kids went to play kickball.



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