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ANYmal – Almost Unbelievable

Positive Future #175 (Feature photo – ANYmal – courtesy of ANYbotics) ANYmal stands for any animal – a robot with four legs that can negotiate terrain in ways that were impossible just a few years ago. The goal is to create a robot that can work not just in controlled factory environments, but anywhere. The ANYmal has mobility, can interact with humans and work autonomously. Manufactured by ANYbotics, the company is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. What do you think about this kind of technology and its applications?

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The Financial System Vs Robots

Positive Future #119 (Feature photo – Robotics – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) The assumption is that as the world moves to robotics, that there will be no loss of jobs. But then, why are there no exhaustive studies to prove that? There is no guarantee that large sectors of Earths 7.5 billion people will have the purchasing power to buy what a robotics dominated economy will produce. Much of the race towards robotics is driven not by a vision to improve the lives (purchasing) power of the masses, but exactly the opposite – reducing the use of people and reducing the expense that people represent. Is the externalization of people…

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More Robotics in the Food Chain

Touch the Soil News #956 (Feature photo – Caliburger – CCA SA 4.0 International) An interesting hamburger chain – Caliburger – has only 9 restaurant locations in the U.S. However, it has restaurants in Canada, Mexico, China, Kuwait, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and United Arab Emirates. Caliburger is the first restaurant to employ a hamburger flipping robot called “Flippy”. The company also has developed a computer operating system that allows an entire restaurant to be controlled from a tablet. You can learn more about the company at: https://caliburger.com/ At the heart of the discussion about robotics is whether or not it eliminates jobs – consumer purchasing…

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The Robots Are Coming

Touch the Soil News #864 (Feature photo – 1932 Robot – Bundesarchive, Bild 102-13018 / CC-BY-SA 3.0) While robotics has definite applications in our world, it is a mixed economic bag. The basic economic message for people is that you MUST translate your labor into dollars first and then (and only then) do you have purchasing power to sustain yourself. There has been no study done to prove that the employees needed to build robots are equal to the number of employees who lose jobs to robots. Those studies may well become the focal point of political issues in the near future. Until then, investors with an interest to eliminate…

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Zume Pizza – Federal Reserve Take Note

Touch the Soil News #832 (Feature photo courtesy of Zume Pizza free press photos) There is little question that the Federal Reserve Bank (FED) is charged with monetary policy goals that maximize jobs. But what is the Fed to do when robots eliminate jobs faster than jobs being created. Enter Zume Pizza. This company uses an array of robots (plus a few people) to make pizza. The company uses a delivery van with 56 GPS equipped ovens on board. The ovens are managed to bake the pizzas shortly before delivery. Zume Pizza has obtained a patent on the cooking of food during delivery, which includes predictive algorithms to anticipate customer…

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Tertill – The Weeding Robot

Touch the Soil News #759 (feature photo courtesy of Franklin Robotics) The creators of the roving house vacuum cleaner are now bringing to the market the roving garden weeding robot. The machine (called the Tertill) is solar powered, operates chemical-free and is waterproof. The machine does not even need to be programmed. Just set it in our garden and let it go. Designed and manufactured by Franklin Robotics, the company is seeking small investors through the kickstarter platform. Franklin Robotics via INDIEGOGO reports that they have raised $334,975 – or 261% of their funding goal. You can buy a Tertill today for only $249, but it is not scheduled to…

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Robotics Entering the Food Chain

Touch the Soil News #480 (feature photo Richard Greenhill and Hugo Elias GNU Free License) The food chain is one of the backbones of the America economy, representing 20 million workers (almost 12 percent of the American workforce). The entrance of robotics in the food chain is as much driven by financial reasons as it is technology reasons. Why would the nation’s food chain employ you or your neighbor, if the corporations that dominate the food chain can lower labor costs through robotic deployment? The critical question here is economics and not technology. For example, if robotics can cut out 10 percent of the nation’s labor costs, the overall economy…

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