Robots Will Steal Your Job

Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK is an audiobook that explores the impact of technological advances on our lives, what it means to be happy, and provides suggestions on how to avoid a systemic collapse. Written by Federico Pistono and read by Ian R Buck.

Evidence of Automation

Episode #7

The signs of automation taking over our economy are already showing themselves in our world.

Chapter Index

00:00:00 | Intro
00:00:25 | Chapter Begins
00:01:43 | 1.1 Automated Shopping
00:11:57 | 1.2 Automated Manufacturing
00:21:12 | 1.3 3d Printing
00:28:54 | 1.4 Automated Construction
00:32:21 | 1.5 Automated Journalism
00:36:44 | 1.6 AI Assistants
00:45:33 | 1.7 Autonomous Vehicles
00:49:24 | 1.8 A (Possible) History of Self-Driving Cars
00:58:46 | Outro


Figure 1.1: The replicator in Star Trek creating a coffee mug.
Figure 1.1: The replicator in Star Trek creating a coffee mug.
Figure 1.2: The “Replicator”, an inexpensive 3D printer that prints object in colours.
Figure 1.2: The “Replicator”, an inexpensive 3D printer that prints object in colours.
Figure 1.3: A 3D printer-created lower jaw.
Figure 1.3: A 3D printer-created lower jaw that has been fitted to an 83-year-old woman’s face in what doctors say is the first operation of its kind.
Figure 1.4: Beautiful pictures of 3D printed prostheses. Courtesy of Bespoke Innovations™, Inc.
Figure 1.4: Beautiful pictures of 3D printed prostheses. Courtesy of Bespoke Innovations™, Inc.


  1. According to the Japan Vending Machine Manufactures Association website, there are 8,610,521 vending machines in Japan, or one machine for every 14 people.
  2. Amazon buys army of robots, Julianne Pepitone, 2012. CNN Money.
  3. Tesco Homeplus Virtual Subway Store in South Korea.
  4. The Weight of Walmart (Infographic)
  5. Strikes End at Two Chinese Automotive Suppliers, 2010. Reuters.
  6. Table 3. The Circuits Assembly Top 50 EMS Companies, 2009. Circuits Assembly.
  7. Forbes Global 2000: The World’s Biggest Companies – Hon Hai Precision Industry, 2010. Forbes.
  8. Which is the world’s biggest employer?, 2012. BBC News.
  9. Apple partnership boosting Foxconn market share, 2010. CNET.
  10. Foxconn to replace workers with 1 million robots in 3 years, July 2011. Xinhuanet News.
  11. Companies Making The Necessary Transition From Industrial To Service Robots, 2012. Singularity Hub.
  12. Foxconn Factories Are Labour Camps: Report. South China Morning Post.
  13. Foxconn Security Guards Caught Beating Factory Workers, 2010. Shanghaiist.
  14. Revealed: Inside the Chinese Suicide Sweatshop Where Workers Toil in 34-Hour Shifts To Make Your iPod, 2010. Daily Mail (London).
  15. Suicides at Foxconn, 2010. The Economist.
  16. Canon Camera Factory To Go Fully Automated, Phase Out Human Workers, June 2012. Singularity Hub.
  17. China Is Replacing Its Workers With Robots, 2012. Business Insider.
  18. The Machines Are Taking Over, Sep. 14, 2012. The New York Times
  19. Why Software Is Eating The World, 2011. The Wall Street Journal.
  20. In the TV series Star Trek, a replicator works by rearranging subatomic particles, which are abundant everywhere in the universe, to form molecules and arrange those molecules to form the object. For example, to create a pork chop, the replicator would first form atoms of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, etc., then arrange them into amino acids, proteins, and cells, and assemble the particles into the form of a pork chop.
  21. Will 3D Printing Change The World?, 2012. Forbes.
  22. Objet Connex 3D printers.
  23. iPhone 4’s Retina Display Explained, Chris Brandrick, 2010. PC World.
  24. 3D printing.
  25. A primer on 3D printing, Lisa Harouni, 2001. TEDSalon London Spring 2011.
  26. 3D-printed prosthetics offer amputees new lease on life, 2012. Reuters.
  27. 3D printer used to make bone-like material, 2011. Washington State University.
  28. Making a bit of me, a machine that prints organs is coming to market, 2010. The Economist.
  29. Transplant jaw made by 3D printer claimed as first, 2012. BBC News.
  30. What drives us. Bespoke.
  31. Thingiverse.
  32. First Downloaded and 3D Printed Pirate Bay Ship Arrives, 2012. TorrentFreak.
  33. 30-storey building built in 15 days Construction time lapse. YouTube.
  34. Time lapse captures 30-story hotel construction that took just 15 days to build, 2012. The Blaze.
  35. Annenberg Foundation Puts Robotic Disaster Rebuilding Technology on Fast Track, 2005. University of Southern California School of Engineering.
  36. House-Bot, December 30, 2005. The Science Channel.
  37. Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, 2010. Bureau of Labour Statistics.
  38. Caterpillar Inc. Funds Viterbi ‘Print-a-House’ Construction Technology, 2008. University of Southern California School of Engineering.
  39. Colloquium with Behrokh Khoshnevis, 2009. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  40. GSP-09 Team Project: ACASA, 2009. YouTube.
  41. Problem?
  42. Are Sportswriters Really Necessary? Narrative Science’s software takes sports stats and spits out articles, Justin Bachman, 2010. Newsweek.
  43. Garry Kasparov vs. Deep Blue, Frederic Friedel. Daily Chess Columns.
  44. In computer science, brute-force search or exhaustive search, also known as generate and test, is a trivial but very general problem-solving technique that consists of systematically enumerating all possible candidates for the solution and checking whether each candidate satisfies the problem’s statement. For example, a brute-force algorithm to find the divisors of a natural number n is to enumerate all integers from 1 to the square-root of n, and check whether each of them divides n without remainder.
  45. Chatbots fail to convince judges that they’re human, 2011. New Scientist.
  46. Did you Know?, Jeopardy!
  47. Computer Program to Take On ’Jeopardy!’, John Markoff, 2009. The New York Times.
  48. According to IBM, Watson is a workload optimised system designed for complex analytics, made possible by integrating massively parallel POWER7 processors and the IBM DeepQA software to answer Jeopardy! questions in under three seconds. Watson is made up of a cluster of ninety IBM Power 750 servers (plus additional I/O, network and cluster controller nodes in 10 racks) with a total of 2880 POWER7 processor cores and 16 Terabytes of RAM. Each Power 750 server uses a 3.5 GHz POWER7 eight-core processor, with four threads per core. The POWER7 processor’s massively parallel processing capability is an ideal match for Watson’s IBM DeepQA software which is embarrassingly parallel (that is a workload that is easily split up into multiple parallel tasks).
  49. Instant Reaction: Man-Made Minds, David Ferrucci, 2011. World Science Festival.
  50. IBM’s Watson heads to medical school, Nick Wakeman, 2011. Washington Technology.
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  51. Mission Control, Built for Cities. I.B.M. Takes ‘Smarter Cities’ Concept to Rio de Janeiro, Natasha Singer, 2012. New York Times.
  52. Will IBM Watson Be Your Next Mayor?, 2012. Slashdot.
  53. Computers to Acquire Control of the Physical World, P. Magrassi, A. Panarella, N. Deighton, G. Johnson, 2001. Gartner research report. T-14-0301.
  54. A World of Smart Objects, P. Magrassi, T. Berg, 2002. Gartner research report. R-17-2243.
  55. The Internet of Things. Wikipedia.
  56. Study: Intelligent Cars Could Boost Highway Capacity by 273%, 2012. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.



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