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DobbsBot-3000

Journalists give loads of attention to jobs lost from offshore outsourcing, yet, as I note in the previous post, robots steal many more jobs than foreigners. Maybe journalists have focused on outsourcing partly because the think it could cost them their jobs. Maybe they figure a robot could never do what they do. Maybe those media types just haven’t met Actroid Repliee, the newscaster robot. She’s female, but I’m sure they could make a male version to compete for Lou Dobbs’ chair. I bet the DobbsBot-3000 would work cheapââ?¬â??much cheaper than Lou. Maybe now we’ll get more coverage of the robot threat, perhaps there will even be a list of companies that have given American jobs to robots. But it would be a lot easier to get mad at those buckets of bolts if they weren’t so damn cute!

Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.