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Robots and the hourglass economy

Mar 28, 2012
Technology is -- by some economists' accounts -- causing a hollowing out of middle income jobs.
Posted In: robots, technology, Jobs

Taking humans out of the supermarket checkout

Mar 27, 2012
Retail is getting more and more "robotified," and where it's most evident is the self checkout kiosks at supermarkets. Retail clerks are finding themselves displaced by the machines.
Posted In: Retail, robot

Robots ate my road trip, day three

Mar 27, 2012
Almost halfway through his coast to coast, robot-fueled journey, David Brancaccio has to heat up dinner on his car's exhaust.
Posted In: robots, economy 4.0, automation

Good robots make jobs

Mar 27, 2012
Robots have come a long way -- from factories and into homes -- and jobs for robot makers and minders are on the upswing.
Posted In: robots, Jobs

Robots ate my road trip, day two

Mar 26, 2012
An ear of corn almost derails David Brancaccio's misanthropic cross-country road trip from New York to San Francisco.
Posted In: robot, road trip, Reporter's Notebook

Robots everywhere

Mar 26, 2012
From grocery self-checkout to your home accounting software to "Godzillas" working the assembly lines, technology is fundamentally changing the American workforce.
Posted In: robots, Jobs, technology

Robots ate my road trip, day 1

Mar 25, 2012
From man's best friend to the hotel reception desk; check-in on the successful first leg of David Brancaccio's cross-country road trip from New York to San Francisco, which he's attempting to complete without any human interaction.
Posted In: robot, road trip, Reporter's Notebook

Robots, automation, and the future of your job

Mar 23, 2012
Technology is advancing at an exponential rate, and at that speed, computers, automation, and robots are already doing tasks most people did not believe were possible. So what does that mean for the jobs economy?
Posted In: robot, Jobs, automation

A Robot Ate My Job: About this series

Next week, I'll be embarking on a week-long journey across the country for a series on Marketplace.org and our radio programs, called “Robots Ate My Job." I'll look at how technology is impacting the future of jobs in America, and find out who’s winning -- and losing -- at the (metallic) hands of robots.

I'll talk to Americans all over the country whose daily lives have been impacted by technological advances. From Ph.D. students at Carnegie Mellon to blue-collar workers in Indiana experiencing job growth because of robots, from grocery store clerks in California whose jobs really were eaten by robots to an Internet retailer in Arkansas who is creating jobs by having robots and humans work together. You'll even hear some wisecracks from a robot standup comic and learn how former Marketplace General Manager Jim Russell sold my voice to a robotic research firm in the '90s -- true story!

And that’s not all. Throughout the week, as I hit the road for a cross-country trip from New York to San Francisco, I'll attempt to make the entire journey without having any human interaction. My only travel companion: Wilson, the robo-dog.

Think I can make it in one piece to California by week’s end? Tune in to find out.


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