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Wednesday, November 13, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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As Walmart turns to robots, it’s the human workers who feel like machines

To Walmart executives, the Auto-C self-driving floor scrubber is the future of retail automation – a multimillion-dollar bet that advanced robots will optimize operations, cut costs and revolutionize the American …


The United States is way behind other countries on robot ‘readiness,’ report says

The United States lags behind other countries in readiness for an increasingly automated world, placing ninth on a ranking of 25 advanced economies, according to a new report from Swiss …


Will your job be automated? 70 percent of Americans say no

Most Americans believe their jobs are safe from the spread of automation and robotics, at least during their lifetimes, and only a handful says automation has cost them a job …


Tom Kelly: Personal touch getting lost in mortgage marketplace

Why do business with a company that refuses to speak to you? Regardless of how much information is available online and on the phone, if I pay for a service, …


Robert J. Samuelson: Job threat of robots overblown

Trying to save jobs by protecting old jobs from new technologies and other productivity-enhancing changes is self-defeating.


Harrop: Can we think our way past robots?

Who gets to choose the technological future? How does this change us as a society? And what will it mean to be human?


Tesla, Uber lag in driverless progress, study says; Ford is tops

The study by Navigant Consulting, a Chicago firm with deep roots in the auto industry, ranked 18 companies that are developing a “full stack” of hardware and software for completely …


Ford’s move benefits robots, not workers

Ford’s investment plans highlight how the auto industry is at the vanguard of this brave new robotic world. But make no mistake: The rest of us should be looking over …


Froma Harrop: U.S. is manufacturing a comeback

There are now nearly a million more factory jobs in this country than there were in 2010. Many of them are coming – surprise, surprise – from China.


Robert J. Samuelson: Feared robot invasion doesn’t compute

Although innovation hurts some industries and workers, it helps others by inspiring new products or reducing prices.


WSU researcher to develop apple-picking robot

PROSSER, Wash. — A Washington State University researcher has received a grant allowing him to develop an apple-picking robot.