By Steven K. Roberts Robots—capable of two to three times the efficiency of flesh-and-blood workers—threaten to displace large numbers of people from jobs. Humans may prevail, but, strangely, the result might be mass unemployment, anyway. IF YOU EVER want to get a spirited conversation going, just wander into an employee lunchroom somewhere in Detroit and start singing the praises of industrial robots. After you pick yourself up off the floor, you'll probably become embroiled in a bitter dispute over worker displacement, Japanese auto imports, productivity and union contract terms.
By Darius Green WE ALL KNOW what's happened to the cars that we drive over the past decade. They've steadily gotten smaller, lighter, slower and less exciting—although stingier with fuel. But what about police cars? If you think they're still as fearsome as ever, take a closer look at the next police car you see. You're in for some surprises; they've also changed with the times. A decade ago, a typical police car would have been a full-size Chrysler, Ford or General Motors product. It would have been nearly 19 feet long and would have weighed well over 2 tons, with a 400- to 454-cubic-inch V8 putting out around 300 hp.
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After the pocket calculator comes . . . the pocket typewriter. Called the Microwriter, it's a slimline battery-operated electronic gadget, measuring 8-1/2 inches long, 4 inches wide and 2-1/4 inches deep, and weighing 24 ounces. You type on it with one hand, because it has just five keys on the board, plus a sixth control key at the side.