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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Can Robots Bring Jobs Back to America? (Infographic)

Nicholas West

A new infographic from (one of the world's largest makers of industrial robots) argues that robots could actually return the manufacturing base to America. There is clearly a need for a revitalization of manufacturing, since the industry has declined in the U.S. more than most experts have thought; in fact, more in the last decade than in the Great Depression of the 1930s -- 33.1%, or 5.7 million jobs lost. (Source)

However, as I detailed in my article 5 Ways Robots are Outsourcing Humans in the Workforce, it seems likely that with the rise of autonomous robotics that robots will be replacing humans even in skilled areas, much like what is being developed for the battlefield. These skilled jobs are a cornerstone of the argument in favor of robotic manufacturing.

What is your view of the facts presented in the infographic below, as well as the article linked above? There clearly is a new economy that has been ramping up over the last few years, so we should be informed about both sides of this argument to avoid getting blindsided by the outcome. Much like the debate about where the Singularity could be taking us (fear or not fear), our high tech world is going to change our society for good or ill ... and at an exponential rate.

Now is the time to become informed, involved, and share this information with everyone you can.

From the creators of this infographic:
The rise of robotic automation in the manufacturing and packaging industry is often blamed for the steep job losses in U.S. manufacturing, along with the rampant outsourcing of labor to cheaper workforces. But a real look at the facts and stats show that things just aren’t that cut and dry. 

Check out our infographic below and you’ll see the many ways in which robotics and the reshoring initiative can help increase manufacturing employment in the U.S. From providing improved safety measures in dangerous jobs, to introducing higher-paying, specialized positions that workers can be trained to fill, to laying out the true pros and cons of offshore outsourcing, this infographic sheds some light on the “other side” of the story.

Infographic originally posted HERE

Read other articles by Nicholas West HERE
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