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Driverless Trucks Coming to Big Box, Will Emerging Tech Impact Manufactured Housing Deliveries?

June 24th, 2019 Comments off



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Big box retailer Walmart – and other retailers like Amazon – are exploring the use of automated, driverless trucking technologies, says Newsmax and other sources. 


It is a development that the trucking industry is keenly aware of, so should manufactured home movers be concerned? 

Let’s start this report with some background.

Amongthe first driverless semi-trucks is already driving, legally, on the highway’s of Nevada. Businessweek’s Sam Grobart went to Las, Vegas for a test drive,” said Bloomberg. That video report is posted below.



There is a severe shortage of truck drivers that exceeds 60,000 unfilled long-haul positions, according the American Trucking Associations. 

Walmart Inc. came to dominate retailing through its mastery of logistics—the complicated choreography of getting goods from farm or factory to the consumer. But even the world’s biggest store doesn’t make money selling its wares online in the U.S., largely due to runaway shipping costs. So Walmart (WMT) is turning to robots,” according to Newsmax.

Walmart’s U.S. chief logistics professional, Greg Foran recently took reporters to a curbside package pickup kiosk outside its supercenter in Rogers, Arkansas. Three Ford delivery vans there were outfitted with self-driving technology developed by a Gatik, a Silicon Valley startup. Gatik aims at cutting Walmart’s middle-mile shipping costs in half. Going driverless in pursuit of profit is a “no-brainer,” Foran said.

It’s not driverless taxis, but driverless trucks that some experts say are looming just ahead.

Moving products, not to customers, but between “middle miles” could reach $1 a trillion market and could provide retailers with the fastest path to prosperity.

This area has the least number of obstacles and the most certain return on invested capital in the near term,” said analyst Mike Ramsey, with consulting firm Gartner Inc. “If you’re looking to start a business where you can actually generate revenue, this has fewer barriers than the taxi market.”

This middle mile is the most expensive part of the whole supply chain; it’s a huge pain point,” said Gautam Narang, CEO of Gatik, the firm attempting to automate Walmart’s “hub and spoke” warehouse system. “This fills a big gap in the market.”

Anything on driverless delivery that is a milk run is a good application for autonomy,” said Sherif Marakby, chief executive officer of Ford’s autonomous vehicles unit. “B2C is a complex implementation for autonomy that will come with time, but B2B just makes it easier because you get volume and you can be more predictable.”

Put differently, those on the inside of these developing technologies say that business-to-business, or B2B, delivery is easiest way to navigate to profitability in driverless trucking. It has less complex than ride-hailing or driverless delivery business to consumers, known as B2C or the last-mile.


Is This Potentially Going to Impact Manufactured Home Trucking Soon?

The short answer, according to producers who are independent as well as those working in large industry companies, ‘no.’

Not even close [to being implemented in manufactured home transport],” said one of the largest producers of manufactured homes in the U.S. “Packages and house [are] two different thing and ROI long way out.”

An independent producer told MHProNews that “They aren’t even using robotics in… [HUD Code manufactured home] factories. Oversized loads will be an extreme challenge for driverless vehicles. The home is never in one lane, programming to be outside of any legal driving envelope will be a huge challenge in my opinion.”

No one said they are aware of any such plans to move manufactured homes autonomous of a human driver at present. That should be comforting to manufactured home ‘toter’ drivers.

Be that as it may, trucking labor shortages, new tax incentives to invest in equipment or automation, and other factors could turn “not even close” into something that might be tested in the foreseeable future. MHProNews will monitor such emerging trends in business and report as relevant.



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Blueprint Robotics Disruptive Aim at Modular Housing, and Factory-Building Technology

Billion Dollar Startup Modular Builder, Using Robotics, Could Soon Rival Clayton Homes’ Total Sales





Blueprint Robotics Disruptive Aim at Modular Housing, and Factory-Building Technology

October 8th, 2018 Comments off



There are four robots on this machine,” says Blueprint Robotics CEO Jerry Smalley. “It cuts it nails it screws it trims, it drills.”


In other words, these machines do what people used to,” wrote Chris Welch for ABC Action 2 News about the Baltimore, Maryland based robotics firm.

Every other industry has brought automation to the solution. This is just an industry that’s time is now to bring automation,” says Smalley. “We’re no different than automotive, or aerospace, or medical, this is just our moment to bring automation.”

The Daily Business News on MHProNews have been tracking developments in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and related technologies for some years for factory-built housing pros.  There are firms with deep pockets that have entered the housing field with robotics, automation, and various kinds of modular housing.  ICYMI, or need a refresher, Katerra is a firm that has had large sums poured into it by SoftBank.

Billion Dollar Startup Modular Builder, Using Robotics, Could Soon Rival Clayton Homes’ Total Sales

Blueprint Robotics says they think they can cut construction time by 20 to 40 percent, using modular building and robotics.

It’s more precise, higher quality, less cost, less risk,” explains Smalley. “You know the cost of our product before we commence, a more predictable schedule, and at the end of the day a better just a totally better product.”

Blueprint Robotics still has dozens of employees on the factory floor daily.  Human workers are still needed.  Once For example, once a robot builds a wall, an electrician will still need to install the wiring. Other workers on the floor are there for quality control,” said Welch.

Architect Richard Pedranti talks about his experience working with Blueprint Robotics.


Pedranti said in the video above that in Sweden, some 90 percent of home building is now factory-based. That’s a look into why the U.S. tech giants are laser focused on factory-construction.  See the related report, linked below, for more details.


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“Weird to See” Robots Building Homes…

Roy Collins worked for decades at traditional construction job sites.  Now, he is watching as machines are doing what he did. “He says it’s weird to see,” said Welch.

Being in the industry 20 years I never thought this would be capable of happening,” Collins says.

Welch points to the shortage of construction workers, and then cites Jeff Gwinn, with the National Construction Trade Association, who claims it won’t hurt the building trades at all.  They insist it won’t take away jobs from skilled workers.

As far as increasing productivity and holding down costs, it’s absolutely a good thing,” Gwinn said. “It’s not gonna hurt the industry at all.”

A HUD Code manufactured home builder tells MHProNews he’s not as sure about robotic and automation, explaining that you can’t lay off a machine when times get tough.



The Competing Challenges

But beyond the higher upfront costs of automation, or the fact that you can lay a machine off, isn’t there also a downward pressure of the wages of factory-construction workers?  Won’t more machines mean less people, over time? Won’t that be downward pressure of wages?

Be that as it may, Collins said “It’s quicker, better; you get a better product, material is better. It’s a better way to build.”

Therein lies just one of several points of potential tension between owners and workers, as a new economy is emerging in America.

Yes, the automotive industry ‘survived’ that move toward more automation, but there were human jobs eliminated in the process.  What happens when robots are doing the work, and people aren’t needed?  Who will pay the wages that allow working people to buy homes?

These are the broader questions that voices across the left-right spectrum need to grapple with.  Meanwhile, the robots are here, and more are coming. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Emerging Building, Construction Technologies Poised to Disrupt Housing, Developing, and More

May 29th, 2018 Comments off


This 10-minute video will show you some technologies that you will be familiar with, such as 3D Printing.


But it will also introduce you to technologies that you may not be familiar with at all.  This new TechZone video was posted earlier in May 2018, and it already boasts over a million views.


  • patio and road paving systems,
  • to tear down tech,
  • 3D printing,
  • to wall building drones,
  • robots that build walls faster than humans,
  • and more

this is a video that forward thinkers in the manufactured and modular housing industry will want to carefully digest.

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White House Official Statement on Artificial Intelligence – Industry and Business Summit

May 11th, 2018 Comments off


Long before others in manufactured housing raised the topic of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and automation as a concern for workers and independent businesses, the Daily Business News on MHProNews has led the charge on raising the industry’s awareness of the many nuances to this disruptive challenge.


With giants like Clayton Homes, directly and via surrogates, touting their edge in this field, the presidential initiative on AI is timely (see related reports, at the end of this post, below).  Part of the discussion needs to be how can the playing field be kept level between huge companies and smaller firms, down to the mom-and-pop level company?

We’re presenting the White House’s official statement to the Daily Business News on the issue in its entirety, below.

We’ve paired the Oval Office briefing with a video overview, courtesy of Special Report.



Artificial Intelligence for the American People


Issued on: May 10, 2018


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We’re on the verge of new technological revolutions that could improve virtually every aspect of our lives, create vast new wealth for American workers and families, and open up bold, new frontiers in science, medicine, and communication.”

      President Donald J. Trump


PRIORITIZING FUNDING FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D): The Trump Administration has prioritized funding for fundamental AI research and computing infrastructure, machine learning, and autonomous systems.

  • The Federal Government’s investment in unclassified R&D for AI and related technologies has grownby over 40% since 2015, in addition to substantial classified investments across the defense and intelligence communities.
  • In the annual guidanceto heads of executive departments and agencies, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the White House Office Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directed agencies to focus on emerging technologies including machine learning and autonomous systems.
  • President Trump’s FY2019 Budget Request was the first in history to designate artificial intelligence and autonomous and unmanned systems as Administration R&D priorities.

REMOVING BARRIERS TO AI INNOVATION: The Trump Administration is enabling the creation of new American industries by removing regulatory barriers to the deployment of AI-powered technologies.

  • Last September, the Department of Transportation released an updateto the 2016 Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, providing non-regulatory guidance to automated vehicle developers to enable the safe integration of driverless cars onto American roadways.
  • In October, President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandumto permit States and localities to conduct innovative commercial and public drone operations currently prohibited under FAA regulations.
  • Last month, the FDA approvedthe first ever AI-based device for medical diagnostics to detect diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness among working-age Americans.

TRAINING THE FUTURE AMERICAN WORKFORCE: President Trump has taken Executive action to give the American worker the skills to succeed in the 21st century economy.

ACHIEVING STRATEGIC MILITARY ADVANTAGE: The Trump Administration’s National Security Strategy recognizes the need to lead in artificial intelligence, and the Department of Defense is investing accordingly.

  • President Trump’s National Security Strategywas the first in history to specifically call out the importance of AI for the future of the American military.
  • The National Defense Strategycommitted to investing broadly in military applications of autonomy, AI, and machine learning.

LEVERAGING AI FOR GOVERNMENT SERVICES: Executive departments and agencies are applying AI to improve the provision of government services to the American people.

  • The President’s Management Agendacalls for using automation software to improve efficiency of government services and maximizing Federal data sharing with the American public, which will support non-Federal AI research applications.
  • The General Services Administration is conducting pilot programsthat leverage AI, including a tool to predict regulatory compliance that is scheduled for production in this year.

LEADING INTERNATIONAL AI NEGOTIATIONS: White House OSTP led U.S. delegations to the 2017 and 2018 G7 Innovation and Technology Ministerials, and is working with our allies to recognize the potential benefits of AI and promote AI R&D.

————- end of White House’s brief to MHProNews ————-

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Clayton Homes’ “Robots” – Automation’s Role in Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway’s “Durable Competitive Advantage” in Manufactured Housing

April 24th, 2018 Comments off


The opportunity to change our industry’s image is tremendous today.  There’s never been a better time to change it,” says Keith Holdbrooks, President of Clayton Building Group, in a carefully crafted video, posted further below.


Robotics and automation are playing a role in that image and the Clayton reality, as will be revealed in this report.

In a release to the Daily Business News, Clayton identified themselves as “a national home builder and Manufactured Housing Institute’s 2017 Manufacturer of the Year…”

Besides changing the “industry’s image,” what Clayton is striving to do is carefully advancing their own image too.

As MHProNews has previously reported, Warren Buffett’s “the Moat” strategy promote the concept of a “durable competitive advantage.”  Readers can finish this column, and later circle back to the in-depth look at Buffett’s thoughts on the issue linked below, or in the Related Reports at the end. Those reveal what Kevin Clayton, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway owned Clayton Homes, has said for years about how to get and keep a durable competitive advantage by using and expanding Buffett’s principle of “the Moat.”

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Robots and Automation

The soft musical undertones in the video are part of that image crafting, for which Clayton has hired a branding team.  Clayton previously told the Daily Business News via a release that “Clayton Homes has selected Made Movement (Made) to handle strategy, digital experience design and advertising for the brand.” The “Have it Made” campaign, some observers say, promotes the Made agency, as well as Clayton.

Clayton’s recent acquisition of yet another site builder – Brohn Homes of Austin, one of Texas’ largest privately-owned homebuilders – are all part of their drive to “world domination,” as Builder put it, in two different articles.

The key to Clayton’s tech, robotics and automation-fueled offsite-site build business-model bid for world domination of lower-priced new homes,” said Builder, a statement that Clayton’s social media page endorsed by posting it.


“World Domination”

About five years ago, leadership called on us to do what it took to make [Berkshire Hathaway unit] Clayton a world class company,” says Rick Boyd, director of operations, working out of the enterprise’s Maryville, Tenn.-based headquarters. “We didn’t know what that was. So we had to define what that meant, and that process gave us three pillars of priority: team member experience, customer experience, and leadership.”

It is interesting to note that in their release, Clayton cited Starbucks and Google as their examples of companies to study and emulate.

Google is drawing fire for being monopolistic, if they’re not already an outright monopoly. Those are the positions governmental actions in Europe and the U.S., as well as civil litigation, are underscoring.  And although Starbuck’s has a history promoting inclusiveness, their president recently publicly apologized for racially insensitive actions at one of his stores. Sound familiar?

Starbucks, Google and Berkshire’s Clayton each arguably have their own moats, in their respective spaces.



Velvet Monopoly?

While the have it made people are crafting one image, another is emerging too, across the left-right media and political divide.

That image is of Warren Buffett being portrayed by some as the creator of a new forms of ‘company stores’ and ‘company towns.’  In those Buffett towns, Berkshire is:

  • earning a few cents a day per households from the sale of Heinz ketchup – with millions of families using their products daily,
  • earns a thousand (+/-) dollars or more annually from millions of GEICO policy holders,
  • wants you to stop at Dairy Queen for Fan Food ®,
  • buy your sweet heart some See’s Candies,
  • and hopes to sell you a home – either through their real estate division, or from their growing footprint of conventional or factory-built homes.

Beneath that velvet glove image they are grooming at Clayton, is another story.  It is told by retailers like “Kevin Carroll, former owner of a Clayton-affiliated dealership in Indiana, as saying that if he steered customers to a Clayton lender, he got “a kickback” in the form of a discount on his business loans. Carroll later went out of business and sued Clayton for fraud, but the case was dismissed,” per Omaha, a Berkshire owned business.


Warren Buffett, say critics, is building a new type of “company town.” Like the proverbial slow boiling of the frog in a pot of water, the placid pace nevertheless has an impact over time. Clayton has gone from an large also ran in 2002, prior to Buffett’s takeover in 2003, to some 50 percent of the industry by 2018. Monopoly?

It was part of a response to the controversial Seattle Times reports about Clayton, which opponents of the Clayton/Berkshire/MHI backed Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act used to give a black eye to the essentially the entire industry.

A competitor – a non-MHARR member, that is a MHI member builder – tells MHProNews that Clayton is poised to do even more with robotics.

Because of the new tax law, that senior executive says, Berkshire can pump more money into Clayton.   Indeed, “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act recently signed into law by the President includes multiple provisions increasing depreciation,’ says KTLIP. And if that HUD Code builder executive is correct, putting more into automation and robotics could more rapidly be expensed.

The result?

A new kind of durable “moat” competitive advantage will be gained by Clayton over their competitors over time.  Velvet gloves, tossing sharks into the moat’s water, that’s the image that Buffett himself has arguably painted, in his own words.



Will Trump Administration Reforms Fuel More Completion?

But the new tax law and regulatory roll back will work in more than one way.

PresidentDonaldTrumpHUDSecretaryBenCarsonManufacturedHousingINdustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsNew HUD Code builders are entering the manufactured housing (MH) industry in 2018, as a report from Tunica and one in April 2018 underscored.  It must be noted that in a different tax and regulatory environment, these new competitors to Buffett’s/Berkshire’s/Clayton’s dream of ‘world domination’ may not have come into existence before 2017.

If there is a change in the makeup of the House and/or Senate after the 2018 midterms, will Democrat Buffett benefit anew?  Will his hand-picked politicos once again promote heavier regulations?

As MHProNews has reported, a long time MHI member told the Daily Business News that Clayton and the other big companies have ‘figured out how to get smaller companies to pay for what they want, using the Manufactured Housing Institute.’

That too fits the use of non-profits by Berkshire and Clayton.

Berkshire’s Clayton benefits during heavy or lighter regulations.  Are they lifting the industry, as Clayton and their incentivized apologists and paid promoters say?  Or are they slowly killing off competitors, via their slow-motion, sharks-in-their-moat strategy dictates?


Warren Buffett has said he won’t attack the president. But Buffett has surrogates. Buffett’s son has sought to undermine President Trump, as have others in the Berkshire orbit. Clayton issued a recent press release that claims to support the president’s agenda. But are Kevin, Keith, Tim Williams/21st Mortgage, or Eric Hamilton at VMF – all Berkshire brands – going to go against Buffett’s public positions?

These are questions that Trump Administration officials will have to answer as they examine concerns over monopoly that are being raised about Berkshire’s manufactured housing (MH) brands, with concerns from voices inside and outside of the MH Industry.

Independent producers, retailers, communities, lenders and others in the factory-built home industry will have to answer these questions about the growing Clayton/Berkshire moat too.

What is certain is that Clayton’s market share has been growing.  Yet, per prior reporting, their own percentage of growth in sales year over year is at a slower pace than the industry at large. Is that a kind of indirect proof that their marketing isn’t working quite as planned?  Are they a beatable monopoly?

l_a_tony_kovach__mhlivingnews__creditThere is evidence that suggests that the HUD Code manufactured home industry needs more than great videos, pretty websites, advertorials, and overly-crafted messages,” says award winning industry veteran, L.A. “Tony” Kovach. “Clayton’s videos collectively have millions of views, and they have millions of visits to their website, per sources.  Yet, the Berkshire annual letter says they only sold some 49,000 homes in 2017? There’s a clear disconnect, and that’s one more data point that the MH industry needs to sit up and take notice about.”

Kovach says the need is to get to the root issues that keep the industry from advancing. While MHI promotes Berkshire’s desires, are they ignoring – or undermining – the kind of work that has proven effective in local markets?

Are They Among the Best Advocates for Manufactured Housing and Manufactured Home Living?

As the affordable housing crisis rages, manufactured housing may top 100,000 new home shipments in 2018. When 8.3 million housing units are needed now, isn’t 100,000 homes a big yawn?  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Ross Kinzler, Others Ask – What Jobs Will Remain?  Are AI and Automation Taking Over?

August 5th, 2017 1 comment

Ross Kinzler, top left. Sophia, top center and Right (credit, Phys) Kinzler credit, MHProNews.

There are more than 6 million unfilled jobs in the U.S.  Many of the unemployed lack skills for those jobs.  Why?” asks Ross Kinzler, the award-winning, now actively-retired director of the Wisconsin Housing Alliance (WHA).

Doesn’t the U.S. have government-operated training centers,” he asks, “for advanced skills currently called tech schools and universities?  I suspect those schools turn out grads that meet the schools needs, not the economy’s needs.”

The concerns and research about the rising trend of automation, robotics and AI – Artificial Intelligence – is a hot topic for millions. 

How real is the threat?

Research conducted by the Oxford Martin School estimates that 86 percent of food service jobs are at high risk of being automated by 2030. So are 75 percent of transportation and warehousing jobs; 67 percent of real estate, rental, and leasing jobs; 67 percent of retail jobs; and 62 percent of manufacturing jobs,” per an article  on TownHall.

Many jobs will disappear because of AI.  Computers make less errors, don’t take breaks, play on their phones, gossip or ignore customers.  Progress,” said Kinzler.


Feasibility of Automation, Credit the Daily Mail.

Developments in AI and Robotics that may be a Threat to Jobs

Daily Business News readers might remember developments like Sophia, the human-looking robot that speaks, using artificial intelligence.  Sophia admits that “people should question the consequences of new technology.”


QuickTron Zhu Que robots used by Alibaba Group, Credits the Daily Mail

In China – where labor abounds – Alibaba-owned warehouse called T-mall has learned that a degree of collaboration between humans and machines is needed.  Their warehouse features 60 robots, called Zhu Que, which are Wi-Fi equipped and self-charging.

Since introducing the Zhu Que in July, warehouse production has tripled, per the Daily Mail.

Those robots, get instructions from Wi-Fi signals, which allows them to find the goods, pick them up, and move them to the appropriate place or human worker.

The Zhu Que is also outfitted with laser detection that keeps them from running into each other, something or some else.

The robots need to collaborate with each other and work independently at the same time. They represent the highest level of China’s warehouse robots,” said Cainiao Logistics, an Alibaba branch that manages the warehouse.

The delivery-bots bring the goods to the workers to be sorted, instead of them needing to run all around the warehouse themselves.

Since the introduction of the Zhu Que, the human workers have been able to sort around twice the products in half the time, says the Daily Mail.

While there are some jobs today that cannot be replaced by automation and AI – at least not yet – the fact still remains that in the next couple decades, millions of jobs could be on the line.

If that happens, how will people without special training and expertise make a living?  Who will replace the income tax dollars? What about the sales taxes generated from the incomes of human workers?

Artificial Intelligence and Automation Could Lead to New Social Issues

Pundits and experts on both sides of the political aisle say that every wave of previous technological advances always created some displacement, but new jobs opened up too.

A common example is the industrial revolution, which not only made it possible for fewer farm workers to do more, but created an opportunity for those farm workers to work in factories.

But will this time be different?


Ross Kinzler, retired Executive Director of the Wisconsin Housing Alliance. Credits, MHProNews

Kinzler told MHProNews that,

AI creates societal issues that are deeper:

No real wage growth

Too many colleges turning out too few real productive grads

Immigration forcing down wages (see #1)

The coming split between the tech have’s ($1,100 Samsung Note 8) and the have not’s. (Banking at WalMart)”


Battle of the Billionaires

Elon Musk has warned government officials that AI and robotics poses a threat.  Mark Zuckerberg publicly chided him for that, to which Musk sharply replied that Zuckerberg isn’t as informed as he may think.

Facebook’s founder Zuckerberg has proposed “universal income” to ease the concerns. But no one is seriously explaining where the money would come from that would make “universal income” a valid proposal.

If hiking the minimum wage creates problems, wouldn’t universal income be far worse?

It should be noted that Zuckerberg is exploring a presidential run as a Democrat in 2020. Is that why he is sounding more like a promise-making candidate than an Austrian School economist?

LudwigVoMisesAustrianSchoolEconomicsDailyBusinessNewsManufacturedHousingIndustryReportsMHProNewsIs this Shift Coming Too Fast? 

Elon Musk’s warns that AI regulations can’t wait.

Musk isn’t alone.

Jack Ma – founder and executive chairman of the Alibaba Group – suggested that this latest industrial revolution could lead to a gap in the economy so drastic, that is could lead us right into World War III, as reported by the Inquisitr.

The first technology revolution caused World War I. The second technology revolution caused World War II. This is the third technology revolution,Ma said.

Note that these comments comes from the founder and chairman of the company who owns the warehouse in China that has just tripled production with the addition of the Zhu Que robots.


Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, Credits Getty Images/Inquisitr

Ma’s business is involved in factory built housing in Asia.

As the Daily Business News has reported previously, Ma has U.S. plans and there are other potential disruptions for the factory-built home industry that could flow from AI, automation, and robotics.

Kinzler is worrying about the masses of people.  Donald Tye Jr. and others are sounding off, and they will be part of a follow up planned on this emerging challenge.

The scary part for me is the implication for the have’s and have not’s,” Kinzler said. 

“I can’t believe it will take long before self-driving cars will have their own traffic lanes because engineers will argue if all of the cars in the road are self-driving, they can go faster and in a tighter formation…The short, quick routes in major cities will be the self-driving cars (rich), and city streets (slower) for the poor who drive their own car,” Kinzler told MHProNews.

Will lack of regulation lead to loss of jobs in the wake of AI and automation take over, and even potentially cause the loss of a balanced economy and eventually lead to WWIII?


L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach addressing industry professionals in an educational session.

Just as MHProNews has been monitoring developing technologies,” said MH publisher and industry consultant L. A. ‘Tony” Kovach, “such as 3D printing for several years (linked here and here), we plan to track developments and industry responses to the emerging automation, AI, robotics and their related potential impact on factory-built housing, and society.”

The recent Daily Business News report on Sophia – see photo/graphic above – is linked here.

The Daily Business News article discussing Elon Musk’s warnings to regulate AI before it is too late – is linked here. # # (News, analysis.)

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Matt Drudge Alert – Hateful Leader Warning – TANSTAFL

July 24th, 2017 Comments off

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As a prologue to the headline topic, macro trends are often overlooked for their potential impact on our industry.  Further, polarized politics can dim the understanding of an issue.

Let’s draw a bright-line distinction between those voting for ‘progressive’ causes, and their leaders.

There are also leaders who may seem ‘conservative,’ but whose business or political postures are harmful to those whose rights they claim to protect.

It’s necessary to clearly differentiate between the mass of voters – or non-voters – and specific titans or leaders of business, tech, and finance who influence the direction of the politicos of the two major parties.

Thoughtful Daily Business News readers will glean why the distinctions between voters – certain leaders with their spin – and macro trends are all critical to this rapidly emerging issue.

How the following impacts housing professionals will become clear, and will be underscored later below.

Anti-People Business, Policy Practices 

There are business, tech, and political leaders who essentially –  or de facto – are harming, opposing – or one might say, advancing hateful policies with respect to millions of people.

SelfCheckOutMHProNewsGraphicStockDailyBusinessNewsResearchDataReports1> Walmart, Sam’s and Costco are among those stores using job eliminating self-checkout.

> Sam’s Club introduced an app that allows members to scan and go, skipping checkout entirely.

> Several restaurants are testing tablets and other kiosks to avoid a human order taker or checker.

> For years, banks have been using ATM machines.

> Human operators or phone room caller positions have been eliminated by numerous companies in growing numbers over a decade.

> Uber is among those pursuing self-driving cars to replace human drivers.

> How many trucking, taxi or other companies might follow Uber’s lead?

> An airline is said to be testing a self-flying plane.

> There are estimates that perhaps some 86 percent of all jobs could be done by artificial intelligence (AI), robots or other machines.


Sam’s Club “Scan and Go” app – like self-checkout – are ways of eliminating human jobs. While some politicos and pundits like to suggest that such tech advances have always resulted in more jobs, there are voices rising within and outside of our industry that suggest this time may be different. The need to create a defense for workers is now.

What all the above have in common is that they eliminate people from jobs.  Other examples could be added, but the point is made.

Previous Industrial Revolution vs. the Current Automated Revolution

On the one hand, in the past industrial revolutions, devices such as sewing machines or bull dozers enhanced the performance of humans.  People were still needed to operate those machines.

But in the current automated revolution underway, people are being replaced.  This is unlike farm workers moving to cities to find work in factories or shops. Now, there are no serious plans for replacing the human roles of tens to hundreds of millions – or billions? – of people.

The moral, business, economic, and political problems with the above or related ‘anti-people’ practices in society are numerous. What will be done with those millions of souls whose work is eliminated?  Will certain elite…care?


To see that report, click the image above. 

Elon Musk’s Warnings

Consider these trends through the lens of Elon Musk’s warnings about regulating robots, which MHProNews was the first to spotlight within the Manufactured Housing Industry’s trade media.

There are economic, security, and other risks that arise – due to the possibility of the mass hacking of electronic devices.  These are mentioned in Noah Smith’s economic viewpoint, see that report – linked here.


Credits as shown, to see that report, click the image above.

Selfishly beyond those issues, you can’t sell a house to a robot, can you?

Does self-checkout, ATMs, or driverless vehicles need housing?

When the working or middle class makes up much of our industry’s current base is further squeezed economically by such developments, how will millions be able to buy a home?

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If blue or white collar workers are replaced by machines, who will buy homes, and how? What if management is replaced by AI? Arial photo credit of TriStar Estates,

Is your job needed if the emerging trend outlined continues and accelerates?

If you aren’t the biggest in your field – as the larger firms automate, won’t your business rapidly be placed at an economic disadvantage?


Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg appears to be preparing for an entry into affordable – potentially modular/prefab housing – for that story, click the image above. Zuckerberg also appears to be preparing for a run for the Oval Office in 2020. For some related commentary on that and more, click here.

While some like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg are promoting policies that call for “universal income” – others for a $15 an hour minimum wage – these are among the issues that MHProNews has uniquely spotlighted within the industry’s trade media.  These policies have or could have serious impact on business and investments.

One reason in recent weeks and months the Daily Business News has been demonstrating the fallacies behind those concepts, is  precisely to lead up to points like today’s.  Such proposed plans may sound appealing to many, but so would $100 or $1000 an hour minimum wage.

Promises like “free college” – or “free” anything – may cause people to vote for someone, but in practice don’t work as promised. See those prior reports – and the economic liberty report below – can be read at their respective links.


Or keep in mind the old high school adage, “TANSTAFL” – “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”  Someone always pays.

There will be a high cost to these trends in replacing humans with automation if it isn’t rapidly – and successfully – addressed.


Matt Drudge is the one quietly – over several years – sounding the alert. Don’t think that we imply that he is among the hateful leaders…he could be celebrated one day as an American hero.


As regular Daily Business News readers know, a number of our reports are sparked by items found on the dominant news aggregator – Matt Drudge and his highly influential Drudge Report.  As of the date/time of this post, Drudge and his team’s website traffic count stood as follows, per their home page report: VISITS TO DRUDGE 07/22/2017
027,714,964 PAST 24 HOURS
868,857,608 PAST 31 DAYS
11,077,449,662 PAST YEAR

MHProNews editorially is far from being alone in raising these concerns.

The Drudge Report has tracked this troubling pattern for several years. Thank God for Matt Drudge and his team’s thoughtful work, as they scour the nation and world for trends that impact daily economic, political, moral, and social life.  Part of the genius of Drudge is that it spans the left-right media divide daily in its coverage.


Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources.

Most estimates of the AI/Automation/Robotics trend are in the 35 to 40 percent range of human jobs ended. Other are north of 80 percent of all jobs and careers.  Those higher percentages would include roles such as mangers, stock traders, and CEOs which could be eliminated by machines, robots, AI, and apps.

Isn’t it time to draw a line in the sand, rather than plant one’s head in it?

Is it time to start with something simple, like a Boycott of Self-Checkout?

To insist on dealing more with people, rather than machines?

Not Advocating Returning to the Stone Age

This column isn’t suggesting that you toss your computers, smartphones, or tablets.

It is suggesting that Drudge, Musk, Smith, and others are making a powerful – urgent – point.

Isn’t it time to create people-first protecting policies?


President Trump and VP Mike Pence have both said they will be in the promise keeping business. For a summary of many of the president’s policies, click the image above. 

President Trump has indirectly addressed this in a variety of ways.

But Mr. President, could you formalize and address your specific plans on the above issues for tens of millions of threatened workers, please?

Americans, seriously – this isn’t a time to wait.  Whichever group grabs the nation’s trust on the above, will swing businesses, professionals, investors, and workers lives for generations to come.   There are leaders who could care less about “We, the People.”  They are sadly ‘hateful leaders’ in the purest sense of the term.

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A Baby Step You Can Take, Starting Today

If you told the manager of every store you shopped that you:

  • will not use self-check-out,
  • to bring in the additional cashiers needed,
  • do so politely yet publicly, where other employees can hear,
  • then urge your friends to do the same — don’t you think they would respond?

We know from first hand experience that this can work, because we did so at a local Sam’s Club.  Employees that overheard, thanked us.  Customers also stepped up and did the same.  The next time we shopped, more checkout lanes were open, with humans managing the registers.

Isn’t it urgent to consider the consequences of inaction? (Cf. Dt. 30:19.) ## (News, analysis, commentary.)

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Passages: Jeffrey Few

June 13th, 2012 Comments off

9and10news from Michigan reports Lippert Components, Inc. out of Goshen, Indiana announces Jeffey Few has been hired as the newly-created Director of Product Development to hone in on state-of-the-art technology and automation in design, machinery, and production. Few has experience in automotive and architectural design as well as a strong background in the RV industry, including a broad range of industry patents. Lippert and sister company Kinro CEO Jason Lippert says, “We believe that smarter technology is the key to product improvement, innovation, and consistent quality, and Jeff’s expertise and experience in assessing and developing product concepts, and manufacturing processes, will take us in this direction.” understands Lippert and Kinro are subsidiaries of Drew Industries Inc., manufacturer of a broad range of products for the manufactured and modular home and RV industries.

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