Thursday, June 4, 2015

Meet the New Generation of Robots for Manufacturing

"They are nimbler, lighter and work better with humans. They might even help bring manufacturing back to the U.S."

A new generation of robots is on the way—smarter, more mobile, more collaborative and more adaptable. They promise to bring major changes to the factory floor, as well as potentially to the global competitive landscape.

Robots deployed in manufacturing today tend to be large, dangerous to anyone who strays too close to their whirling arms, and limited to one task, like welding, painting or hoisting heavy parts.

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The industrial overlords are getting rid of you human. You have this thing called free will. It allows you to make conscious decisions based on your feelings. It allows you to say when you've had enough of low wage, high pressure, high workload, high stress, bullshit jobs. Robots don't care. They keep going until they break. They don't have families at home, they don't take time off, and they don't need constant monitoring to see if they are fucking off at work. If you want to bring back manufacturing back to the US, get rid of globalization and outsourcing.  NAFTA, CAFTA, and the elimination of trade barriers opened up access to foreign markets for American manufacturers in return for building factories abroad.  Every time an American manufacturer closes and then reopens elsewhere, the foreign country gains American technology. By building factories overseas, manufacturers are sowing the seeds of their own long-term destruction by slowly reducing the wealth of Americans, who are also their primary customers. 

This isn't going to work out well for us. Just saying...

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