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This Thriving City—and Many Others—Could Soon Be Disrupted by Robots
See the first Wall Street Journal article, below.

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See the second Wall Street Journal article, below.

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"You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – 
which you can never afford to Lose – with the discipline to confront
the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be."
        - VAdm James Stockdale, USN (1923-2005)


This Thriving City—and Many Others—Could Soon Be Disrupted by Robots
Automation might not mean lower employment overall, but it can still take away jobs as it notches gains in productivity

By Christopher Mims
Feb. 9, 2019 12:00 a.m. ET

Right in the center of Florida is a metro area that’s home to more than 600,000 people, along with some of the most technologically sophisticated distribution centers in the country.

In and around the city of Lakeland, you’ll find operations from Amazon, DHL (for Ikea), Walmart , Rooms to Go, Medline and Publix, along with a huge Geico call center, the world’s largest wine-and-spirits distribution warehouse and local factories that produce natural and artificial flavors and, of all things, glitter.

Yet a recent report by the Brookings Institution, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and McKinsey & Co., argues that the economic good times for Lakeland could rapidly come to an end. Brookings placed it third on its list of metros that are most at risk of losing jobs because of the very same automation and artificial intelligence that make its factories, warehouses and offices so productive.
Southern Glazer’s ships out 85,000 to 90,000 cases a day from its highly automated distribution facility in Lakeland.

Write to Christopher Mims at

Appeared in the February 9, 2019, print edition as 'Where Robots Will Soon Rule.'


Bezos vs. the Enquirer Could Be a Watershed

If it means journalists start reporting on how other journalists source their stories, hooray.

Feb. 8, 2019 6:18 p.m. ET

Jeff Bezos at the Access Intelligence's Satellite conference in Washington, D.C. in 2017.
 Photo: joshua roberts/Reuters
What to make of the battle between Jeff Bezos and the National Enquirer, which we will delight in calling the affair of Bezos, Pecker and de Becker? Under any circumstance, the world’s richest man cheating on his wife with a sexy helicopter pilot, supported by racy texts and photos, would be a story for the National Enquirer. Tasteful Americans may wish it weren’t so, but Mr. Bezos is a public figure in the Supreme Court’s definition. His private life is presumably fair game.
Weird enough was the Bezos-owned Washington Post on Wednesday rolling out a long and seemingly embarrassed story giving vent to Mr. Bezos’ theory that the tabloid’s January hit piece was politically motivated at the behest of Donald Trump or maybe the Saudis. Never mind that the expert hired by Mr. Bezos to investigate the leaking of his private messages apparently came up with nothing except a theory that the pro-Trump brother of Mr. Bezos’ paramour might be involved. (The brother has denied it.)
Appeared in the February 9, 2019, print edition.

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