Robots

How Robots Will Transform the 2020s

The service bot will revolutionize warehouses, hospitals, farms, and maybe your home.

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There are now some 120,000 warehouses globally, and another 50,000 are likely to be added before 2025. Over the next few years, more robots will be deployed into these warehouses—the logistics market—than in all other application categories combined, including farming, medicine, and home use. Just as the 1960s saw the mechanization of industry, with an accompanying boom in productivity and prosperity, the 2020s will be the dawn of the robotification of services.

Box Bots

Industrial robots came into use in 1961 when General Motors (G.M.) installed a simple robotic arm on its New Jersey production line. The machine had been invented by Unimation, a company founded by the father of robotics, Joseph Engelberger—a self-professed Isaac Asimov enthusiast. By 1969, G.M. rebuilt its Lordstown, Ohio, factory with an array of Unimates to perform welds, and the facility soon achieved a twofold leap over its former production rate, making it the most productive factory in the world. (That same factory would be sold in 2020 to startup Lordstown Motors, with plans to make electric trucks.) Automobile manufacturers everywhere were among the first and fastest to embrace industrial robots.

The International Federation of Robotics, founded in 1987, issues an annual robot census. When 2020 began, it found nearly 400 million industrial robots at work in factories around the world, twice the number from five years earlier. But for the first time, over half of all robot purchases globally were in services, not industrial applications. And while growth in the latter is expected to continue, installations of service bots are expected to rise more than 200 percent in just a couple of years.

About half of all service robots are found in the logistics market, with "inspection" applications at about one-fifth. The military, an early and ongoing supporter of robotic technology, accounts for only a tiny fraction of the market. The rest is made up of everything from professional cleaning and fruit picking to delivering medications in hospitals.

The service-bot counterpart to the robotification of G.M.'s Lordstown factory came in 2012, when Amazon spent $775 million to buy Kiva Systems. Kiva had invented a clever self-propelled turtle-like robot that can scoot around warehouses carrying entire shelf-units of packages.

Firms like Amazon and Walmart need more than the information exchanged between buyers and sellers in cyberspace; they need the physical exchanges that occur in warehouses. That's how the seamless experience of "one-click" shopping happens. Kiva-class service bots are the cloud's hands and feet, directly and wirelessly controlled by the cloud in real-time.

In the past decade, annual net additions to warehouse square footage have increased 400 percent. That helps explain a nearly identical 400 percent increase during the past five years in service robot sales into the warehouse and logistics supply chain.

E-commerce has done more than increase the demand for warehouses; it has changed their function. Before, pallets of goods arriving at a warehouse were redistributed, often again on pallets, to local retailers, where staff would unpack and sort the goods onto shelves for display. One-click e-commerce has pushed the latter half of this process back upstream into warehouses, many of them multi-story structures bigger than football fields, where single packages (down to a tube of toothpaste or a single book) are grabbed, boxed, and delivered directly to the consumer's doorstep.

As e-commerce pushes more and smaller warehouses toward the edge of supply chain networks, closer to consumers, service bots solve another problem. Since such edge facilities are necessarily located where real estate is more expensive, operators chase greater efficiency in using a building's floorspace by packing things in more tightly. In these high-density workspaces, it's far safer to use robots and automated systems. The pinnacle of density, a kind of Rubik's Cube–like design for bins and packages, leaves no room for people.

Whether in the hyper-dense local warehouses or the hyper-scale remote warehouses, the 2020s will see the emergence of what we might term a warehouse-scale robot. Human beings will still be involved, especially at the front end and the output, but the storing, moving, and sorting of packages will be autonomous, just as the storing, moving, and sorting of data is automated in a warehouse-scale computer.

Package-handling service bots are part of a broader warehouse automation trend, both inside the buildings and for that last mile. As performance and adaptability improve and as costs decline, robotification will come to every segment of the services sector, from security, safety, and environmental monitoring and assessment to education, farming, general-purpose cleaning, and health care. After the logistics market, service bot deployments are growing fastest in medicine and agriculture.

Farmer JohnBot

John Froelich invented the first farm tractor in 1891, and he formed a company a few years later called the Waterloo Gasoline Traction Energy Company, named to differentiate it from the existing but far inferior steam-driven machines of the day. In 1918 he sold the company to a plow manufacturer called John Deere.

Almost 80 years after that, John Deere's Precision Farming Group began work on a GPS-guided tractor. That came to fruition in 2002, when the company debuted a GPS-guided self-navigating farm vehicle—the machine that marks the dawn of agricultural cyber-physical systems. Ubiquitous self-driving cars may still be years away, but at least two-thirds of North American crop acreage already uses self-guided cyber-physical machines. In Australia, the figure is 90 percent.

Overall, agriculture accounts for a relatively small piece of the robot market—about $5 billion a year. But that's about to change. The cloud's A.I. logic engine marks an improvement comparable to the gasoline engine's improvement over steam. Instead of huge, expensive tractors, we'll also soon see swarm farm robots: machines a fraction of the size and cost, useful for hyper-precise fertilizing and weeding, enabling smaller boutique farms to compete with their industrial-scale counterparts. Meanwhile, the combination of A.I.-enabled vision systems (to see whether the fruit is ripe) and soft materials for grabbers will finally lead to fruit-picking robots. And just in time: Demographic trends point to both a rising labor gap in agriculture and rising global demand for food.

Dr. Bot, M.D.

Medical robots are still in their infancy, but they're also already a $5 billion industry. Two decades ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci robot for use during endoscopic surgery. In 2017 it approved Mazor Robotics' spinal surgery robot, and in 2018 it gave Auris Health the go-ahead for a robot used in endoscopic and lung surgeries.

Many of these innovations entail an elastic use of the word robot. Machines like the da Vinci would be more precisely described as "tele-operated" or "robot-assisted": A person remotely operates the machine, and the machine assists in precision. In other words, the machine is not autonomous. The same is true of "exoskeletons," a class of Iron Man–style devices that help humans lift and move heavy objects, minimizing strain and enhancing strength. While unwieldy and impractical prototypes date back to the 1960s, only recently have the maturation of lightweight materials, superior power systems, sensors, and A.I.-enabled software controls allowed us to build useful exoskeletons.

Exoskeletons are now beginning to show in medical, manufacturing, and even construction markets. For example, Sarcos Robotics recently put its latest system into field trials partnering with Delta Airlines for baggage handling. Sarcos makes the reasonable claim that for an all-in cost equivalent to about $25 per hour, an exoskeleton can increase employee productivity by four- to eightfold in heavy-lifting tasks.

In June 2020 another pioneer, Ekso Bionics, received FDA clearance to market an exoskeleton that helps patients with brain injuries regain their ability to walk. Similarly, after retiring its walking Asimo robot in 2018, Honda started applying the technology to wearable exoskeletons for the elderly. As exoskeletons become less costly and more durable and comfortable, we can expect wheelchairs to become a thing of the past. Exoskeletons are on track to become a multibillion-dollar industry in the 2020s.

One benefit from the introduction of service bots will be improved safety for employees in high-risk occupations. Nine out of 10 of the most dangerous occupations are in construction, landscaping, farming, ranching, and fishing, all fields being transformed by the robotics revolution.

Tomorrow's Bots

The most interesting question now is not how much existing machines will improve but what entirely new kinds of machines are on the verge of commercial viability.

The annual industrial robot census does not count consumer machines. Nearly 20 million bots were sold on the consumer market in 2020. These are—for now—mostly low-cost devices for relatively low-value applications: vacuuming, mowing lawns, toys, etc. They are more akin to automatic washing machines than the anthropomorphic robots that writers like Asimov imagined.

As with the automobile and the smartphone, the true robot is made possible when a whole suite of technologies matures. Henry Ford could not have built his great enterprise but for the confluence of the gasoline engine, petroleum refining, and the assembly line, none of which he or his company invented. Similarly, the iPhone could not have been built were it not for the maturation of three technologies, none of which Apple had anything to do with inventing: the silicon microprocessor, the pocket-sized TV screen, and the lithium battery.

For useful, untethered robots, the three enabling technologies now maturing are vision "chips," synthetic "muscles," and lithium batteries. Put those together with ubiquitous supercomputing power, and a revolution becomes possible.

The collapsing size and increasing capabilities of vision chips were propelled not by the aspirations of roboticists but by the consumer market for digital cameras embedded in smartphones, automotive engineers chasing chip-sized radar for better cruise control, and other unrelated applications. The solution that has eluded roboticists for years, the ability to mimic muscles, now emerges from materials sciences, with electrical, pneumatic, and polymer actuators that have the necessary efficiency, power, range of motion, durability, and (soon) self-repair. And the onboard power to animate it all? We owe that to the lithium chemistry developed at Exxon in the late 1970s.

At the growth rates now underway, professional service robots will become an increasingly common part of everyday work life for a rapidly increasing fraction of the populace. Until now, the service sector has been infamously immune to the kinds of machine-driven productivity gains seen in factories and farms—gains that invariably create new kinds of work and a widespread growth in wealth.

When cars were first introduced, it was clear that profoundly superior performance was inevitable, even though the utility of the first Packard in 1899 wasn't much greater than a horse-drawn wagon. The path forward, and the velocity of growth and change, became obvious in 1919 with the introduction of the Model T. By the end of the 1920s, about 20 percent of the population owned cars. Along the way, hundreds of U.S. automakers sprung up, creating fortunes and entirely new domains of direct and indirect employment.

In the 2020s, as robot manufacturing matures, home-owners will first begin to purchase lower-cost versions of service robots to, say, help the home-bound elderly. At that point, a new class of machine will have been literally domesticated. And who knows what will happen then? In the words of Steffi Paepcke, a team leader at the Toyota Research Institute: "If the inventors of the automobile had asked people riding horses what they wanted, they would have answered that they just wanted a faster horse. It can be difficult to imagine a future that's vastly different from the status quo."

Not everyone has been enthralled with the rise of the robots. In 1961, with automobile manufacturing jobs declining even as output soared, President John F. Kennedy created an Office of Automation and Manpower to address, as he put it, "the major domestic challenge of the Sixties: to maintain full employment at a time when automation, of course, is replacing men." Today, about 60 percent of the kinds of jobs that existed in that period no longer exist.

But if labor-saving technology were a net job destroyer, the unemployment rate would have been continually rising over all of modern history. It hasn't. As some skills cease to be essential, different types of work emerge instead. The robotification of services promises to bring us the same things the mechanization of industry did: more business, more services, more wealth, and more well-being.

This article is adapted from The Cloud Revolution: How the Convergence of New Technologies Will Unleash the Next Economic Boom and A Roaring 2020s by permission of Encounter Books.

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  1. Perhaps time for a reminder:
    1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
    2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
    3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws

    As a personal aside, it would be a good thing if the first law applied to politicians

    1. I’ve tried discussing these laws with our Roomba, but it just blinks its green light at me.

      1. That means she loves you.

        1. The roomba is probably tired of his illogical defense of the left also.

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        2. Ahhhhh

        3. Meanwhile, I crassly called this robot that loves me a “Roomba”, while it’s apparently a “eufy” (whatever that is).

          Last time I looked at genuine Roombas, they were loaded up with features of questionable usefulness, and quite pricey.

    2. > through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm

      Isn't that the nanny state right there?

    3. YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A CAR ACCIDENT!

      Best robot movie ever. My logic is undeniable.

    4. It was an interesting ideal, but it may not necessarily happen. What happens when drone weapon systems are merged with AI?

      1. It’s already been done.
        In Syria The Turks sent a drone to kill a PKK leader using a grid search pattern and facial recognition software.
        It flew up and down the streets till it found him and suicide attacked.
        Correct person according to news reports at the time.

    5. I've always thought the three laws were pretty silly. Those are high level, moral concepts. How the hell to you make that a fundamental part of the programming of a machine?
      I actually make robots for a living. And focus largely on making them not kill people (i.e. functional safety). We don't go trying to program morality.

    6. Don't forget the Zeroth Law (though, it wasn't added until a much later book):

      0. A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.

  2. One point, not directly pointed out, is that the speed of development is related to the amount of regulation imposed by the federal government.
    A second point completely skipped over is the environmental impact of the battery production and disposal.

    1. Full disclosure; I had one of the first models of the Roomba vacuum.

      1. I'm waiting for an industrial one that can handle huskies.

        1. Whole? That's a tall order...

          1. just imagine the roomba walking the dog on a leash around the neighborhood

    2. Hopefully, someone will invent workable batteries based on more benign, less rare materials.

      1. Or maybe pixie dust and unicorn farts!

      2. Tell me you've never researched batteries without telling me. There is a reason most are rare earth metals. They have copper batteries but to store significant energy they are very heavy and large.

        1. But you can make a battery with a potato.

          1. That is such b.s. by the way. They are making electricity with the two metals that are inserted in the potato.

            1. What do you think batteries do? Neither the two metals nor the potato would generate electricity by themselves. The system is the battery. Same with lithium and all other batteries. Do you think lithium generates electricity all by itself.

              Typical Mikey, quibbling over nonsense to pretend he's intelligent, because the conversation has gone over his head and he's losing the narrative.

              1. So how do you recharge a potato?

                1. Depends on the brand.

                2. Drop it in boiling oil, in pieces.

                3. Take it through the check-out line again?

                4. Just to be pedantic for the Mikey's of this world: Not all batteries are rechargeable. How do you recharge an alkaline D-cell?

                  1. It is possible. Just apply a reverse voltage. Alkalines are generally rechargeable. Just not very many times and they can overheat easily.

                5. If it’s a Russian potato, not with Visa or Mastercard

      3. "Hopefully, someone will invent workable batteries based on more benign, less rare materials.'

        Rechargeable batteries based on carbon and organic materials are supposed to hit the market within the next couple of years, according to a couple manufacturers. Of course, what a "couple of years" means isn't clear. But hey, not too long ago, all we had in the rechargeable category of batteries were lead-acid.

        1. Interesting.

          A couple of years ago I did a lot of research on metals used in batteries and where they are mined while looking for long-shot investment opportunities. I gave up after realizing investing in mining is one of the most gambling-like types of investing, and all the companies with some huge potential upside are privately held or tightly traded.

          1. +

      4. Seriously? JesseAz is ankle biting on my comments on renewable batteries?!

        I know some people here think I troll Ken, but I actually read what he writes, comment on at most one or two of his comments per day, and always say something relevant to what he wrote. If you look for the past several, I haven’t made any comments on any of Ken’s comments; I’ve actually found his Ukraine analysis to be interesting, and free of his recent shilling for Republicans.

        1. Lol. I love how you idiots make up arguments of people you claim are muted. Could be the dumbest thing ever.

          You claimed to have done research but apparently understood nothing you supposedly read.

          1. He’s a total dumbass.

        2. I used to be curious, like "golly maybe he's got something to say that isn't a personal attack or a response to something I never said nor did." And every single time it was exactly that. So now I don't even give a shit.

          1. Ideas!

          2. I have far more substantive posts than you sarc. Lol.

            You just tired of me showing how unprincipled you are because I don't forget comments an hour after making or reading them.

            You contribute nothing here.

          3. Same.

            1. Yes. You leftists are all the same. Just sad pathetic people who love to roll around in ignorance.

        3. It’s not ankle biting to point out that there is a reason they use rare earth minerals in batteries.

          1. This is their new thing. Make up strawman arguments and post them for people muted. The pathetic part is people who don't mute know how stupid this tactic is, but sarc and Mike think they have substantive points here. It is very odd.

    3. https://www.spiked-online.com/2022/03/03/the-truth-about-electric-cars/

      93,000 miles to actually break even on CO2, not counting any of the other industrial poisons involved in the manufacture of Li-Ion batteries.

      1. Enjoy your $5.00 gas.

        1. Really? When does it go on sale?

    4. One point, not directly pointed out, is that the speed of development is related to the amount of regulation imposed by the federal government.

      This took me a while to notice, but it's been an interesting way to watch tech evolve the last zillion years. It's almost plausible to claim government drives innovation by driving innovators away from mere refinement of existing tech. I've always been pleasantly surprised that statists don't make this claim instead of bragging that government invented Tang.

  3. Reason is so stupid. Robots are like immigrants. They steal jobs. Must I remind you that there are only so many jobs out there? Just like with immigrants, when robots steal American jobs, there's fewer jobs available for Americans. We must put a stop to these robots stealing our jobs! Stop automation now!

    1. I blame it all on robotic foreigners! We need to start taking a close look at all those “Made in America” factory-produced goodies, and start asking, “Was this made by an American robot, or a foreigner robot?” Good jobs for good AMERICAN robots, I say! Democrat robots, republican robots, it doesn’t matter… They’re not allowed to vote, anyway! And if we can’t find enough good AMERICAN robots, then we need to start building everything by hand, using only our hands and our teeth, and wood, rocks, and mud! THAT will bring our jerbs back!

      The greed and hypocrisy of top corporate management has been thoroughly documented, and I'm not trying to apologize for them, for that. But in all fairness, we should understand their perspective. The government does not require many (if any) benefits be paid to robots, nor require safe operating environments (for the robots as opposed to humans). Limited protections for humans is good, but have we gone too far? Corporations are required to pay Social Security, workman's comp, unemployment, self-esteem therapy, and tons and tons of insurance mandates for the humans. Whether or not I need or want (or object to, on a religious basis) alcohol and drug abuse therapy, organs transplants, sex assignment changes, or space alien abduction therapy, a lot of all this stuff is mandated, in insurance coverage. No opt-outs and price cuts for you, or for me! But not so for the robots! Should it be any surprise that the robots are taking our jobs?

      I am thinking that we should disguise ourselves as robots, and assign ownership of our robotic selves to a trusted friend or family member. Trusted human owner (of myself) can then collect rental fees on me, take a small administrative fee, and kick the rest back to me! Problem solved! Now I can be allowed to compete with the robots, if I desire to bypass all the mandates!

      1. I'm glad you pointed out that robots can't vote (yet). Because if they did we all know they'd vote in a permanent Democrat majority. That alone should be reason to worry. They gave the vote to blacks and to women. What's to stop robots from getting the vote? And when they do the country will be turned into a socialist dystopia!

        1. It's creepy when you talk to yourself, SQRLcasmic.

          1. I know, right?

        2. Robot progressives are America’s most evil people.

          1. Some of them, anyway.

          2. I chuckled.

        3. Who's to say that they don't vote? At least the voting machine robots. Biden got elected somehow.

          1. No widespread corruption.

          2. Biden got elected somehow.

            By winning the Electoral College thanks to his predecessor being so hated that millions of people signed up simply to vote against him.

      2. And how many of these robots actually work? I bet half of them are popping out little WALL-E's and putting a burden on a strained social safety net while simultaneously displacing American jobs because of their 24/7/365 work ethic that no American can compete with!

        IT'S NOT FAIR!

        1. Ideas!

    2. See, you do know what a strawman argument is, sarc.

      Why did you screw it up all those other times then?

      1. I dont even know who he is claiming worries about robots. And to apply it to unskilled labor in a welfare state is just plain idiotic.

    3. I don’t think we are truly screwed until there are robot-building and robot-repairing robots. The worst will be when there are robot-designing and self-repairing robots.

      1. Even then they'll be running on computer programs, and computer programs are only as smart as the computer programmer.

      2. I really don't think it's the physical robots we have to worry about, but the huge computer systems that will be running the social credit systems.

  4. What will robots mean for the 2020s and on?

    It means, "fuck your minimum wage jobs, that's a better $5 burger."

    1. $50,000 burger. We're entering Joe's world now.

      1. I remember years ago I was complimented on my stuffed burgers, told it was a $20 meal.

        Adjusting for Brandon, I think I would request a reappraisal for $50 now. Minimum.

  5. "Just as the 1960s saw the mechanization of industry, with an accompanying boom in productivity and prosperity, the 2020s will be the dawn of the robotification of services."

    What about the robotification of journalism and online commenting?

    1. We’ve already hit rock bottom with robotic customer assistance.

      1. A close contender here (for rock-robotic bottom) is robotically generated comments-content. The Russian comments-generating software-writers are TOTALLY inept!

        As evidence for this, I would point to the comments of the robot sometimes known as "MammaryBahnFuhrer".

        1. You have reached the Church of SQRLS
          Dial 1 for automated copy-pasta postings.
          2 for rehashed poetry with non-rhythmic meter.
          3 for my latest poo based recipes
          4 for blabbering, Capital letter based commentary, voiced with screaming vengeance by the author zerselves
          5 for a link to Gubbmint resources
          6 for a list of my favorite enemies, nicknames included
          7 for heaven
          8 to lay them straight
          9 for a sample of the doctrine of the Church of SQRLS
          To speak to a live squirrel, grab your own nuts and press 0

          Note - the Church of SQRLS does not abide solicitation, unless it is specifically dictated by ENB in a current Reason Roundup as sex work. If you are selling crazy, we are all stocked up here.

          1. You forgot, allow me to please amend... Dial 666 to evade the Flute Police!

            To find precise details on what NOT to do, to avoid the flute police, please see http://www.churchofsqrls.com/DONT_DO_THIS/ … This has been a pubic service, courtesy of the Church of SQRLS!

            1. Ah, yes. The flute police. They are akin to the space laser religious zealots I assume.

          2. Chuckle

        2. Rock Robotic Bottom is my favorite Funkadelic album, by the way.

  6. Interesting that Putin has absorbed Trump/GOP tactics of disinformation and calling your opponent out for something Putin is guilty of by calling for the "deNazification" of Ukraine.

    Truth certainly is the first casualty of war.

    1. Yeah that's totally fascinating.

      Hey remember when Drumpf was President, and since he's been a Russian intel asset since 1987, it meant Russians were literally controlling the US government? And Putin just did whatever he wanted because he knew he'd get away with it?

      Not anymore though! Good thing Biden is there. Because Putin is terrified of Biden: Vladimir Putin doesn’t want me to be President. He doesn’t want me to be our nominee. If you’re wondering why — it’s because I’m the only person in this field who’s ever gone toe-to-toe with him.

      #LibertariansForBiden

      1. Anyway. How's the legal case against Drumpf coming along? Any updates?

        The Dotard will join his convict team soon. - Sarah Palin's Buttplug 2, May 23, 2021

        #WallsAreClosingIn

        1. Not much better than the phony Durham scandal is.

          1. What’s up with this screen name AND “Palin’s Buttplug” posted above? Are you taking digs at Michael with the latter?

      2. It’s so nice too have the adults in charge.

    2. Yeah, if not for Trump the world would not have disinformation and gaslighting. Just like if not for George Washington and TJ, the world would not have slavery.

      Perhaps truth is the first casualty of your brain.

    3. Like a lot of Big Lies, there is a kernel of truth. Ukraine has had some neo-Nazis around (just like every other European country, including Russia).

      Putin has exaggerated that kernel to a huge whopper of a lie. And his slaughtering of Ukrainian civilians shows that he really doesn’t care about Nazis or supposed brotherhood with Ukrainians.

    4. One day the left will ensure that all information is government approved. Trudeau said government information is the only way to have a democracy after all.

      1. Yet it was Donald Trump who called our free press "the enemy of the people".

        1. Because the corporate press 1) isn't "free" and 2) is actively an enemy of the people.

          1. "Corporate press" sounds like a looney progressive complaining about the "corporate owned media" that doesn't report how the 1% ruling class runs everything (a piece of lefty CT, by the way. The 1% is as politically divided as everyone else).

            But when reporting facts like that "Joe Biden won the 2020 election for POTUS" as lefty propaganda I can see why you think the media are the enemy.

            1. Lol. I can't tell of you actually don't realize the media lies to you. Just an ignorant leftist.

              Next tell us there aren't 2 dozen lawsuits settled that showed illegal election changes. Tell us there is zero fraud. Go on.

              1. https://reason.com/2022/02/11/sidney-powell-disowns-her-kraken-saying-she-is-not-responsible-for-her-phony-story-of-a-stolen-election/ (Yet another Powell article)

                https://reason.com/2021/03/23/sidney-powell-says-shes-not-guilty-of-defamation-because-no-reasonable-person-would-have-believed-her-outlandish-election-conspiracy-theory/
                Sidney Powell Says She’s Not Guilty of Defamation Because ‘No Reasonable Person’ Would Have Believed Her ‘Outlandish’ Election Conspiracy Theory

                Which particular lies are you wanting to hear and believe today, hyper-partisan Wonder Child?

                1. What's that got to do with the lawsuits Jesse mentioned?

                  1. "Next tell us there aren't 2 dozen lawsuits settled that showed illegal election changes." Wrote Der JesseBahnFuhrer. Yeah, there are lawsuits... Every bit as much "fact-based" as the ones filed by Sidney Powell!!! Pay enough money to slime-sucking lawyers, and they will file suits about NASA destroying the green cheese that the moon is made of, thereby hurting the Precious Baby Feelings of cheese-makers! Pay yet MORE money to slime-sucking lawyers, and they will file suits claiming that MammaryBahnFuhrer the Great Necrophiliac has a brain AND a conscience!

                    1. Those lawsuits were settled and concerned electoral fraud, not libel. I'm still not seeing the connection.

                  2. Sarc isn't intelligent on any of his socks.

                    1. Pay enough money to slime-sucking, bottom-feeding JesseBahnFuhrer, and it will write ANYTHING that you ask it to write!

                    2. No. That's your good pals Shrike and Jeff.

            2. I mean here is trump this week since you love him so much.

              "At what point do we [say we] cannot take this massive crime against humanity?" Trump asked. "We can't let it happen. We can't let it continue to happen."

              But please continue to use Fuentes as your spokesman of the right. Makes you look fucking retarded as usual.

            3. Do you even realize Putin is using Antifa derived talking points?

              https://thepostmillennial.com/russia-to-host-first-international-antifascist-conference-to-fight-nazism

              And many in Antifa openly support him? Fo I get to say the entire left supports him now?

            4. "Corporate press" sounds like a looney progressive complaining about the "corporate owned media" that doesn't report how the 1% ruling class runs everything (a piece of lefty CT, by the way. The 1% is as politically divided as everyone else).

              90% of American radio, television, cable stations, magazines and newspapers are owned by just six companies.
              How else would you describe the situation, you gibbering idiot.

        2. How are those ideas contradictory? The media working with a political party to push created lies. What legislation did he push? Obama spied on journalists. Trudeau wants state sponsored media and the left wants government laws against misinformation. Trump just responded to how terrible mainstream media was.

          You do know that speaking in return to bad information is actually a good thing right? Outlawing discourse is not.

          This is why you aren't a classical liberal.

          1. You really don't recall shit.

            I am an Open Society advocate. OS prizes freedom of speech first among all freedoms and says there is no ultimate authority on the truth - and certainly not the state or religion.

            1. No, you are a soros sycophant. He isnt a classical liberal either. He is a globalist dummy. He wants consolidated power to manipulate such as how he inserts his own people into government offices if those offices agree to do as he asks.

              You really don't know what classical liberalism is.

            2. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha

            3. Oh and shrike... here is soros wanting to limit free speech you ignorant shit.

              https://thehill.com/homenews/media/578499-soros-backing-new-media-effort-to-battle-disinformation

            4. OS prizes freedom of speech first among all freedoms

              Open Societies is a cargo cult ruled by an old unrepentant Nazi. It's done more to destroy freedom worldwide in the last decade, than several communist takeovers did last century.

        3. They are objectively the enemy of the people. The only group of people who lie more to the American public are the government officials (at all levels).

          But then, you’ve always been a big government bootlicking shitstain.

    5. turd lies. It's what turd does and all he does. turd is a trafficker in kiddie porn, a TDS-addled asshole and a pathological liar.
      turd luies.

      1. The below poetry is dedicated to Super-Perv-Predator-Sevo the Pedo, Hippo in a Speedo,
        AKA “SmegmaLung”!

        Sitting on a park bench
        Eyeing little boys with bad intent
        Snot's running down his nose
        Greasy fingers smearing shabby clothes
        Hey, SmegmaLung!
        Drying in the cold sun
        Watching as the frilly panties run
        Hey, SmegmaLung!
        Feeling like a dead duck
        Spitting out pieces of his broken luck
        Oh, SmegmaLung!
        Sun streaking cold
        A hateful man wandering lonely
        Insulting others the only way he knows
        Brain hurts bad as he tries to think
        Goes down to the bog to spread his stink
        Feeling alone
        The army's up the road
        Salvation a la mode and a cup of tea
        SmegmaLung, my friend
        Don't you start away uneasy
        You poor old sod
        You see, it's only me
        By you insulting me,
        The rotting goes to thee!

        1. Fuck off, you identity-stealing troll.

          1. It’s funny that SQRLSY feels the need to defend shrike’s pathetic ass. And to do it in such a bitch ass way as too libel Sevo.

            I never saw the thread where shrike allegedly posted the links. But I trust Overt and Ken any day of the week over him.

    6. Turn yourself in for crimes against children, pederast.

    7. You misspelled Democrats.

  7. Very nice, but the Model T was introduced in 1908. It's the little things that count.

    1. Come on, man. Anything that happened more than 10 years ago is, like, ancient history. Anyway, modern journalism is excused from accuracy.

  8. ‘Key to white survival’: how Putin has morphed into a far-right savior
    The Russian president’s ‘strong man’ image and disdain for liberals has turned him into a hero for white nationalists
    an we get a round of applause for Russia?” asked Nick Fuentes, on stage last week at a white nationalist event. Amid a roar of applause for the Russian president, just days after he invaded Ukraine, many attendees responded by shouting: “Putin! Putin!”
    The backlash showed how the war in Ukraine has exposed the American far right’s affinity with Putin. That affinity is complicated by the tortured relationship between Russia and former president Donald Trump, whose rise Moscow supported with a covert operation to undermine US democracy.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/mar/05/putin-ukraine-invasion-white-nationalists-far-right

    1. "whose rise Moscow supported with a covert operation to undermine US democracy."

      Indeed. 2016 was literally the first illegitimate Presidential election in US history.

      #SheWon

      1. Thank goodness mail-in ballots fixed that in the next election.

    2. Golly, the bright-pink Guardian thinks Putin is the fault of the American right.
      That's totally unexpected. About as unusual as a Fox news article casting shade on the left.

      1. Try to forget the source for once. I know it is a distraction technique of yours.

        Is there a segment on the right that admires Putin?

        Of course there is. Nick Fuentes is not a fictional character.

        1. The same nick Fuentes banned from most right conferences like CPAC?

          Can I now use the self proclaimed communist the leftist blue checkmark quote tweeted to show the left supports putin?

          1. Shrike knows, but he's paid to spam Democratic Party agitprop.

        2. By the way shrike, why did Biden block the sail of Polish Migs to the Ukraine? Why does he refuse to produce energy locally while buying Russian energy?

        3. I mean Biden is working with Russia to try to revive the Iran deal dumbass.

          1. No nukes for Iran is a good thing, idiot. Even if there is an end date on the deal.

            Iran has been quickly ratcheting up its nuclear program since Trump killed the Obama deal.

            Trump never read the deal. Trump don't read, you know. He opposed it because Obama.

            1. turd lies. It's what turd does and all he does. turd is a trafficker in kiddie porn, a TDS-addled asshole and a pathological liar.
              turd lies.

            2. You really are dumb enough to believe Iran will not clear despite a decade of evidence. It also.shows you aren't a classical liberal as you want to choose how other countries live.

            3. And the old deal was shit shrike. The new one will be worse. My God youre an idiot.

            4. If you imagine that any deal Biden strikes with the goatfuckers will deter them from doing all they can to get nukes, you're brain dead.

              -jcr

        4. In the 1930's the Democrats admired Hitler and Mussolini.

          1. They still do, they just publicly admit it anymore.

          2. Shrike bends the knee to Soros who was Hitler Youth.

        5. "Try to forget the source for once. I know it is a distraction technique of yours."

          Everyone remember that old saw about how the lefties always accuses others of that which they're doing or plan to do?

    3. It seems Putin’s beef against Nazis isn’t that they spread destruction and hatred across Europe, but instead, specifically that they harmed Russians.

    4. Get Rittenhoused, pederast.

    5. Not even the Mueller report tried to make that claim.

  9. The Model T was invented in 1908, by the way, not 1919.

  10. Aiy, Robots? What a ninny topic!

  11. So, no thought piece on the 40th anniversary of Ayn Rand’s death? Oh well, here’s one from the Adam Smith Institute from the 35th anniversary
    https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/is-ayn-rand-still-relevant-35-years-on-from-her-death

    1. Well guys I finally found a 40 year death anniversary remembrance for Ayn Rand. Guess where I found it? Reason? Nope. Ayn Rand Institute? Nope. Atlas Soci? Nope…..I found it on the HINDUSTAN TIMES!
      https://www.hindustantimes.com/more-lifestyle/ayn-rand-death-anniversary-interesting-facts-about-the-founder-of-objectivism/story-t7Is4maFwfZw9XnvdbD1LO.html
      Ever get the feeling we live in an interesting—if not downright curious—world?

      1. Atlas Society

  12. I don't think I'd want a libertarian robot. It would probably spend its days smoking weed and commenting on Reason.

    1. We have enough bots here. Small Wonder there aren’t more!

      1. ICWYDT

  13. A feud between mail carriers, wild turkeys comes to a deadly climax near Sacramento
    After months of turkey attacks on mail carriers, one USPS worker is under investigation for killing an aggressive bird, wildlife officials say.
    https://apple.news/AVg-I6QvCRY2tHJg0MK3WRw
    A Wild Turkey attacks him and he’s just supposed to bottle up his frustration? It’s not like he went Postal and took a Shot at the bird. He used a stick so where’s the Proof of deadly intent?

    1. Rest assured, the competent authorities are addressing this matter.

  14. DaVinci's systems aren't robots, they're Waldoes. Robots act autonomously, Waldoes have to be controlled by a human being in real time.

  15. "But if labor-saving technology were a net job destroyer"

    If it's not destroying jobs but actually creating them, that means more work, not less. That's not labor-saving. Saving in this case means reducing not increasing.

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