New Wave of Deft Robots Is Changing Global Industry: Are Robots Replacing Skilled Workers?

Daryl 2012/08/20 21:00:00
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NYTIMES.COM reports:
A new wave of robots is replacing workers in both manufacturing and distribution.
nytimes reports wave robots replacing workers manufacturing distribution

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  • \V/ TasselLady 2012/08/22 19:09:34
  • Jiorgia 2012/08/21 13:36:51
    It was going to happen sooner or later, although no-one really wants to work in manufacturing so while I am not 100% for it, I am not 100% against it.

    People should start working in jobs that they 100% cannot be replaced, counselling, business, teaching, law, HR etc.
  • das 2012/08/21 13:19:32 (edited)
  • the fuze 2012/08/21 12:10:23
    the fuze
    And then what will we do? Unemployment will be through the roof.
  • Jiorgia the fuze 2012/08/21 13:38:39
    Every single one of those robots needs an engineer, builder and maintainer, 3 jobs for the price of 1.
  • the fuze Jiorgia 2012/08/21 13:55:45
    the fuze
    Ah, but what if the builder is a robot that builds robots?
    What if the robot was engineered by an autonomous computer program? (Granted, someone would have to create that program, but I'm just sayin'.)
    I'll give you the maintenance thing, but I don't think companies would invest in robots, if they needed to have 3 people to run/maintain them.
  • santa6642 the fuze 2012/08/21 14:36:58
    So true, They enginer and builder are temp jobs at best, Once design & built , no longer needed until next improvement or idea.
  • Jiorgia the fuze 2012/08/21 15:13:11
    eventually robots will do every job where a human is not 100% necessary, but I was talking about now.
  • the fuze Jiorgia 2012/08/21 16:53:27
    the fuze
    I understand, but I feel that once something gets some-what automated, it's a meteoric rise to total automation.
  • \V/ Jiorgia 2012/08/22 02:42:14
  • beavith1 the fuze 2012/08/21 22:02:40
    presumably the robot, and the three people, would out produce a whole army of people.

    we can see some of that with CNC tools. during WW2, building aircraft used to require acres of guys hand cranking Bridgeports. now a CNC can do the work of 10.

    we're talking about 'lights out' manufacturing for the highly automatable stuff.
  • \V/ the fuze 2012/08/22 02:39:21
  • \V/ Jiorgia 2012/08/22 02:36:37
  • \V/ the fuze 2012/08/22 02:34:41
  • Russian 2012/08/21 11:40:36
    That is what you call corruption. Screw giving people jobs! Lets make robots to do the work so we can make more money! Their is a difference between using a tractor to do your farming and using robots in manufacturing and distribution.
  • santa6642 Russian 2012/08/21 14:38:10
    Then become a farmer., manufacting jobs will become all robotic in time.
  • Russian santa6642 2012/08/21 14:39:32
    I don't plan to be a farmer.
  • Anonymouse ~superdoge~ 2012/08/21 11:28:32
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    Which is both good and bad. It's bad for the workers because they'll have to retrain. It's good for us because it'll make goods cheaper. But the growing problem of unemployment certainly isn't helped... This means that all the labour jobs will be done by robots and only middle class jobs will remain, which many people simply aren't suited for. This makes things very difficult for labourers who will quite soon be defunct. However, I don't see then going back to using labourers, but maybe the added revenues from business and consumers with higher profits and lower prices means we'll be able to sort out jobs by spending on infrastructure and labour-intensive work like the construction industry.
  • Andrew 2012/08/21 09:04:23
    Robots need skilled workers to design and manufacture them. The jobs have just moved to a different sector. Not unlike the migration of jobs from the horse and buggy industry to the automobile plants. Or perhaps a more recent move from typewriters to computers!
  • Anonymo... Andrew 2012/08/21 11:34:18
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    No. They need designers and engineers and electricians to design them, I would bet they're all built by other robots now, or if they're not, they will be in 10 years. There are more middle class and non-labouring jobs, but less working class jobs, which isn't good for those that are less gifted in the intelligence area... And we can only have so many PE teachers... All we can do is invest in sectors that still use lots of manual labour, like construction. This is a perfect time to boost the economy by scrapping property taxes, implementing land taxes which would incentivise building and renovating, cutting waste and useless spending in government, and reinvest that money in improving infrastructure.
  • Andrew Anonymo... 2012/08/21 18:45:16
    Do you really imagine that this world could get by with just robots and not skilled labor?!
  • Anonymo... Andrew 2012/08/21 18:56:52 (edited)
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    Eventually, all the labour will be done by robots. They are more efficient and a lot cheaper and more precise. Where humans are vastly better is at designing and being creative, working out courses of action, thinking on the spot, being mentally and physically versatile and being compassionate. Doctors, Engineers, Nurses, Social Workers, Pilots, Teachers, Shop Assistants, Artists and Architects/Town Planners will always be humans. Electricians, Builders and Mechanics will be humans for the time being. Most labour jobs will become robotic when robots become cheaper. Actually, that's a good thing about the minimum wage,it provides more incentive to mechanise.
  • TKramar Anonymo... 2012/08/21 20:49:06
    robots can't think, and they need maintenance, unlike people.
  • Anonymo... TKramar 2012/08/21 20:55:36
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    Maintenance is one thing that will be needed, because of human ability to work out how to solve a problem. That's engineering basically.
  • TKramar Anonymo... 2012/08/21 21:10:33
    Right, but if something happens outside its limited parameters, it cannot come up with a solution.
  • Anonymo... TKramar 2012/08/21 21:18:06
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    That's why humans would do it.
  • TKramar Anonymo... 2012/08/22 09:27:00
    That's why robots won't replace humans. Humans can work outside established parameters, robots cannot.
  • Anonymo... TKramar 2012/08/22 09:28:40
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    That's what I've been saying! I don't understand what the confusion is?! Robots will do all the jobs that just require instructions. Jobs that require thinking and ingenuity will be done by humans. Okay?
  • TKramar Anonymo... 2012/08/22 10:11:51
    Some people think MY job will be replaced by a robot, but my job actually requires more thinking than those people realize. I work FREIGHT. There are actually situations that require thought in my job.
  • Anonymo... TKramar 2012/08/22 10:16:41
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    So robots could do all the heavy lifting and precision and you could direct them. At some point, all actual labour will be robotic - it's just a matter of getting robots cheap enough to be viable.
  • TKramar Anonymo... 2012/08/22 20:26:10
    Like I said, they wouldn't be able to act outside their given parameters. It works better having people do it.
  • Anonymo... TKramar 2012/08/22 20:29:50
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    For the moment. Soon, the benefits of robots - don't need to pay them, they can work 24 hours a day, no breaks, no leave, more efficiency, faster, will outweigh the drawbacks.
  • TKramar Anonymo... 2012/08/22 21:21:53
    They break down, people don't.
  • Anonymo... TKramar 2012/08/22 21:26:28
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    They can be easily fixed when they break Down, when people get ill, they get sick leave.
  • TKramar Anonymo... 2012/08/22 22:03:45
    Or they just keep working anyway.
  • Anonymo... TKramar 2012/08/22 22:15:23
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    But they don't work as well when they're ill. And they can have long illnesses...
  • TKramar Anonymo... 2012/08/23 08:48:41
    Who? Worthless people? I've never taken a sick day in my life.
  • Anonymo... TKramar 2012/08/23 09:52:35
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    You're lucky then, you haven't gotten ill enough to warrant it.
  • TKramar Anonymo... 2012/08/23 09:58:16
    Illness is all in your head--consider the placebo effect, and why that works.
  • Anonymo... TKramar 2012/08/23 09:59:48
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    So cancer or a brain tumour or diabetes is 'all in your head'?

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