Autonomous driving technology threatens to displace millions of truck drivers and cab drivers and other transport workers worldwide, and the ITF says the bosses and the elite are introducing these inhuman technologies without bothering to properly consider the “social costs” to the proletariat.
The ITF has 16 million members worldwide and almost 700 individual unions affiliated to the organisation.
In response to the robot takeover, the ITF is promoting a hashtag for people to tweet to – #futureofwork – as well as its own hashtag, #WeAreITF.
China is planning to create what looks like will be the largest, longest and most complex logistics network in history – at a cost to itself of almost $1 trillion.
The so-called Belt & Road Initiative will virtually encircle China, most of Asia and much of Europe, and will mostly consist of interconnected roads, but will also include sea lanes and railways, and possibly some airways.
In total, it will connect approximately 60 countries, and cost anything between $4 trillion and $8 trillion. And the timescale is anyone’s guess.
New journal to be jointly published with the International Federation of Automatic Control
Elsevier, a provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and solutions, and the International Federation of Automatic Control have launched a new joint publication, IFAC Journal of Systems and Control.
The journal will publish research papers on generalizable, extensible and transferable innovations across all aspects of the field of control and automation.
Chinese company HIT Robot Group says it is in negotiations with 50 companies it came into contact with during this year’s Automatica exhibition.
In exclusive comments to Robotics and Automation News, an insider at HRG says the company is at various stages of negotiations with the potential partners, and hopes to finalise deals soon with at least eight of them.
HRG claims to be China’s leading robot producer, and says it drew “rave reviews” at Automatica 2016, an international exhibition for automation and robotics in Munich, Germany.
The European Space Agency is building a holiday resort on the Moon which will be mainly populated by robots – perhaps solely populated by robots, according to ESA director general Jan Woerner
Before the advent of steam engines and motorised travel, it could take several days to go from one city to another. Even today, if you travel by boat, you’re in for weeks of gazing across the waters of an ocean like the Atlantic.
And if you’re one of those people who’s willing to travel at leasure rather than go fast, then the idea of spending three days in a spaceship to go to the Moon for a weekend break might appeal.
NanoRacks has been selected as a launch integration and deployment partner for the QB50 CubeSat Constellation Mission. The QB50 Mission is a European Union project, supported and funded by the European Commission, to demonstrate the research benefits of deploying a low-cost constellation of small satellites.
The QB50 Mission consists of dozens of universities located around the world, from Europe to Asia, from North America to Africa. Coordinated by the von Karmen Institute, QB50 is the second-ever cubesat constellation. The CubeSats will orbit in the lower thermosphere (200-380 kilometers) collecting scientific data, in what is considered by experts a relatively unexplored part of Earth’s atmosphere.
NanoRacks will be deploying a majority of the QB50 satellites from the International Space Station (ISS) utilizing the Company’s NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer. The selection of the ISS as the deployment platform for this program leverages the unique capabilities of the ISS to serve as a test-bed for numerous in-space technologies and research development. Continue reading NanoRacks to deploy QB50 Satellites from International Space Station