History – First Draft 04.24.2015
The average cost of robot prices has been cut by more than half since 1990 even as they have improved in reliability and speed.
For one, the greater the automation, the less relevant labor costs become, especially if one considers that robots (unlike human workers) can, in principle, work twenty-four hours a day for little additional variable cost.
[And also, no annoying bathroom breaks]
Some reports suggest that a $20,000 robot can assemble thirty thousand iPhones in one year—a cost of sixty-six cents per unit assembled. That number should be similar whether the robot is located in Shenzhen or Detroit.
Weirick argues that the Navy’s inability to punish anyone at the general officer level reveals a disturbing degree of impunity at the US military’s top ranks. The admirals who oversaw officers implicated in the scandal — and a few who even admitted to accepting favors from the company — haven’t received any serious punishment, and a few top officers were allowed to remain in their positions and keep their rank despite having their security clearances suspended.
Our Enemies, the Saudis
They’re invading Yemen to empower Al Qaeda
by Justin Raimondo, April 20, 2015