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2009 August 08 Saturday
Robots To Cause Mass Unemployment Of Low IQ Workers

Blogger OneSTDV says a robotic chef in Japan points us toward a future where our growing lower IQ population will have little or no useful work to do. This will cause problems for the rest of us.

Low-IQ individuals inevitably end up in menial labor jobs like fast-food service, lawncare, and agriculture field work. Through dysgenic fertility and low-IQ immigration, the population of low-IQ individuals is steadily increasing. As robotic technology advances, menial labor jobs will slowly be taken over by automated systems. Thus, the supply of potential workers increases while the demand for these workers decreases. Initially, the current menial labor workers will oversee the first automated systems. But, eventually, these systems will run entirely free of operation. As a result, a large segment of the low-IQ class, a class pathologically predicated towards social turmoil, will have no steady job opportunities.

We need to accept the inevitability of this future and start making policies now that prepare us for this future. Most notably we should halt and reverse the influx of immigrant labor to do low skilled and easily automatable jobs.

Larger Western state dairy farms using 40% immigrant laborers are driving a lot of Midwestern family farms out of business. But robotic milkers are going to drastically cut labor usage in dairies. Note that in a Europe that lacks cheap Mexican labor the robotic milkers are already widely used.

"We have seven working now," Brower says. In Minnesota there are about 30 systems working. "By the end of the year, I think we'll have 20." Last fall, Brower and representatives from a couple of other U.S. dealership traveled to Holland. They toured five robotic Lely dairies there, as well as the manufacturing plant.

"It was just to see how they set them up in Europe, the culture, and get to know Lely a little better," he says.

One startling fact is that in Europe, 65 percent of the new installations and upgrades are robotic.

"It's very common there," he says. "I'd say that within five years, we'll be at the same level in the U.S. I would say in 10 years this'll be very common."

I've seen a video of these automated cow milkers. The cows are trained to step into a milker stall once their milk starts feeling unpleasant to them. A human doesn't have to be around. The cows step voluntarily into a location where robotic milkers can attach and relieve them of their milk burden.

A Minnesota dairy farmer says one robot can handle 65 cows.

One unit can handle up to 65 cows, depending on the farm and production levels.

“Before, I was at about 110 cows. I have room for 120, which is about the right size for two robots,” Johansen says. “I have 105 cows right now. I have to get 120 milking by next spring.”

The other issue: Reliability.

Parts for the system have warranties from one to five years, depending on the part.

“People I talked to, who have had them for a year or two, say they had few problems with them and that the company stands behind their product,” Johansen says. “I’ve had some issues and they’ve been extremely good to work with.”

In New Zealand robots are automating meat-processing plants.

Knife-wielding robots with x-ray vision are invading the meat-processing industry. But far from posing a threat to humans, the machines have the potential to save the industry tens of millions of dollars.

In the US Mexican illegal immigrants have flooded into meat-processing plants. We'd have more automation already if Hispanic immigration (both legal and illegal) was stopped and reversed.

Update: Audacious Epigone looks at how labor costs determine how quickly automated equipment gets adopted.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2009 August 08 07:25 PM  Immigration Labor Market


Comments
Clarium said at August 8, 2009 8:32 PM:

"We need to accept the inevitability of this future and start making policies now that prepare us for this future. Most notably we should halt and reverse the influx of immigrant labor to do low skilled and easily automatable jobs."

How about plagiarizing from Sweden? How about having a lot of "labor market political activities." Also reducing immigration and trade also works too. Maybe tariffs can be used to fund the "labor market political activities."

If these robots take a job for the low-skilled that is relatively unstressful and cushy, the use of robots should be banned in that field.

Wolf-Dog said at August 8, 2009 8:36 PM:

"Knife-wielding robots with x-ray vision are invading the meat-processing industry. But far from posing a threat to humans, the machines have the potential to save the industry tens of millions of dollars."

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This sounds like a scene from Terminator XVIII.
It is very likely that these knife-wielding robots will one day be used against humans also.

Toadal said at August 8, 2009 9:01 PM:

Countries that institute economic policies to replace manual labor with robots are attractive to innovators and engineers who want to design and build them. These countries are also attractive for their increased potential for higher living standards and increases in leisure.

I know I would emigrate to one.

miles said at August 9, 2009 6:36 PM:

Precisely. As long as we are openly ignoring HBD, leftists will argue that these former lettuce cutters should be getting into med school and graduating, or the tests are racist.


20 years from now, robotics might make perhaps 20-30% of the current manual labor uneccessary. I just scanned and bagged my own groceries for the umpteenth time today. 10 years ago, there was a check-out person and a grocery bagger. They still have those jobs because many customers are older and technophobic, but the generations behind them will not be. You can pay cash, check, or card, or food stamps right there at the register. You get a receipt and coupons if you want them. Just think of how much more is going to be automated in ensuing decades. We really wont need all this uber-cheap labor at that time, but they will be a settled underclass by that time, providing votes for the leftists of that day.

zylonet said at August 9, 2009 7:30 PM:

--We need to accept the inevitability of this future and start making policies now that prepare us for this future. Most notably we should halt and reverse the influx of immigrant labor to do low skilled and easily automatable jobs.--

We only preach to the choir. Nothing is going to change anytime soon and maybe ever. Stupid born again Christians with their idiotic irrational beliefs are the biggest problem. They are crazy on social issues across the spectrum. They lobby for both immigration and for anti-abortion measures and this range of activism prevents the natural development of issue polarity. Since the most conservative people on the main social issue (abortion) are also among the most liberal on immigration, it is impossible for the immigration debate to be framed in a protagonist vs antagonist manner. Moreover, even if individual born agains are anti-immigration, their church leadership is anything but.

Since the immigration debate cannot be pushed into the center and positioned for a fight, no debate is bound to happen. Thus our nation and all real Americans are screwed since no debate means no change. Therefore, the best way to prepare for the future is to accumulate wealth. This is no easy task, but people should probably forget many of the middle class values they grew up with and do what is necessary. I have lived in Miami, and my wife teaches public school math. I can assure you that few white Americans have any conception of the general personality found in the large immigrant classes. The level of gamesmanship, deceit and incompetence are limitless in scope and there is no escape; in my opinion it is the lack of escape that is most troubling and disheartening. It is impossible to accurately reflect the incompetence and lack of trust found in Doral, Florida with Carmel, Indiana where I also lived. Nothing works in Miami to any standard worthy of America.

I tepidly look forward to a robotic future where I do not have to associate with people in most transactions. Far easier to deal with a machine than some ignorant fool who carries on a conversation with a co-worker while ostensibly providing me customer service. The only people I feel for are those born of limited mental capacity. They are truest victims of immigration as we spend resources on Mexicans instead of our people.

Clarium said at August 9, 2009 8:20 PM:

Does anyone see a way out? I think the only plausible answer are make-work jobs.

Shay said at August 10, 2009 11:53 AM:

I like Cory Doctorow's dream of taxing robots so we can all live lives of leisure.


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