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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Are Robots Taking Our Jobs?

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Below is a post I made to discussion "Will Robots Make People Obsolete in Manufacturing?"
over on NAM's LinkIn group. So you know my thoughts on the topic.
Someone has to keep these robots working.
Automation, Technology ... Robots! free up humans from remedial and repetitive task so humans can evolve to higher intelligent task. Yes, manufacturing will require less and less humans. But those humans who would have been loading a part in a machine all day will have to be educated to perform a more skilled job. Like quality control or even fixing and programming the robots.

And that very essence of evolution is what separates humans from lower life forms. So Robots and other technology should be embraced, not feared. I am glad humans no longer have to shovel out outhouses. A monkey can be trained to load parts all day, but only a human can be trained to fix robots, of design new products.

Some day in the far ... far ... future, we may be proud of the USA because we only invent products, design and build plants that make those products, not like those 3rd world countries who still use humans to make parts. (In the far ... far future:>) We may even consider it slave labor to be making humans do something a robot could do. :>)

Also in other areas besides manufacturing, like yard work. If our lives become too busy, or we just don’t want to be our own landscaper, robots will do it for us. The more we as society, country, race invest in education and R&D, the quicker we will evolve, the more we get out of life.

Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .)

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