robots http://michiganradio.org en GM donates robots to Oakland Community College http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-donates-robots-oakland-community-college <div>The robotics students at Oakland Community College are getting a gift today.&nbsp;</div><p></p><p>General Motors is donating robots that were once used to make cars on its assembly plant floors. They are going to the school's industrial robotics program at the Auburn Hills campus.&nbsp;</p><p>The equipment is valued at $20,000 &nbsp;and will be used for hands-on training for students learning how to program and maintain robots. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:47:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18016 at http://michiganradio.org GM donates robots to Oakland Community College The chances you will lose your job to a robot are growing http://michiganradio.org/post/chances-you-will-lose-your-job-robot-are-growing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A recent</span><a href="http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/downloads/academic/The_Future_of_Employment.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;"> Oxford University report</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> estimates that robots could replace nearly half of the current U.S. workforce.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The report found that office administrators, sales personnel, and those in the service industry are among those at risk of losing their jobs to robots.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Robots have become common in many workplaces since G</span>eneral Motors<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;installed the first robot at a plant in New Jersey in 1961 ("<a href="http://www.robothalloffame.org/inductees/03inductees/unimate.html">Unimate</a>," as it was called, could weld and move parts that weighed up to 500 pounds).</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So can humans keep up, or at least keep ahead of the technology that is changing the workforce?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">These are especially important questions here in Michigan, with its historic ties to the auto industry that makes up about 40% of the global supply of industrial robots.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Stephen&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Spurr</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Chair of the Department of Economics and professor at Wayne State University, joined us today to explore the possibilities (<em>You can listen to our interview with Spurr above.</em>)</span></p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 20:32:13 +0000 Stateside Staff & Michigan Radio Newsroom 17531 at http://michiganradio.org The chances you will lose your job to a robot are growing Robots to spend winter under the ice in Lake Superior http://michiganradio.org/post/robots-spend-winter-under-ice-lake-superior <p>Researchers are sending robots where no scientist has gone before: under the ice in Lake Superior during winter.</p><p>This week, researchers from the University of Minnesota-Duluth put their first robot in Lake Superior to test it. Think of them as robotic divers... they travel up and down on cables and collect data. The cables will be anchored to the bottom of the lake.</p><p>Erik Brown is one of the lead researchers and the acting director of the Large Lakes Observatory at UMD.&nbsp; He says the harsh winters on Lake Superior make it too dangerous for people to go out on ships and collect data.</p><p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 20:35:28 +0000 Rebecca Williams 8638 at http://michiganradio.org Robots to spend winter under the ice in Lake Superior