Will Technology Resurrect US Manufacturing?

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Eldredge
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Re: Where is the bit about electronics?
Eldredge   8/9/2012 1:52:19 PM
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I have to wonder if the proposal to replace thelabor force with robots is more of a scare tactic, providing a message for the labor force.

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Ariella   8/7/2012 8:08:01 PM
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@Jay-Bond that's a valid point. We do have to consider that loss, which has major ripple effects on the economy.

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Cryptoman   8/7/2012 10:52:41 AM
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@anadvy I did not realise inflation would have such a huge impact. It is also surprising that the effect of inflation is strong enough to justify the initial investment needed to utilise 1 million robots. As I do not have solid figures to provide on this kind of investment, I cannot provide a comparison on this but I cannot see how it all adds up.

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Jay_Bond   8/7/2012 7:39:02 AM
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This is a very interesting point of view. While I can see many possibilites from these ideas and innovations, I don't see how it will create jobs. It will bring manufacturing back stateside, but it will limit the amount of workers involved. I guess if we go by volume, even if 1 company produces a few hundred jobs, hundreds of companies should create thousands of jobs. And that is better than no jobs at all.

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anandvy   8/7/2012 5:29:21 AM
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What impact will these new technologies have on electronics?

@Tam, thanks for the interesting post. I think the new molecular materials will have significant impact on the electronics industry. Advances in nanotechnology and materials science will help us build smaller transistors with low-leakage.

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anandvy   8/7/2012 5:28:07 AM
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 The oher thing I found interesting was why would anyone want to replace a cheap labour force with an army of specialised robots?

@Cryptoman, the reason is Inflation. Inflation in china has gone up substantially and there is nothing called cheap labour force now. Cost of maintaining the labour force is significantly higher than cost of maintaining the robots.

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Eldredge   8/6/2012 11:19:08 PM
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In it's current form, 3D printing is a very interesting process, but is limited by throughput. It appears to be a great technology for prototyping, but probably is not economical for mass production.

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elctrnx_lyf   8/6/2012 8:32:55 PM
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I do not really feel these technologies could have any sort of immediate effect to bring the manufacturing back to USA. But I really admire the way wadhwa thinks about all this. Is America manufacturing is really blooming?

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_hm   8/6/2012 8:02:03 PM
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@Barbara: Yes, I agree with you. Reasons mentioned, does not have much logical connections of bringing back much of jobs back to USA.

However, there are other catalyst which will bring back many of jobs back to USA. Prime reason is that the whole concept of outsourcing was preposterrous.

 

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Where is the bit about electronics?
Cryptoman   8/6/2012 2:49:01 PM
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I cannot see how all this is related to electronics either. Maybe the plastic toy industry (that specifically designs 15 cm x 15 cm x 15 cm toys) will get a hit in China due to the cheap 3D printers but that's about it. The oher thing I found interesting was why would anyone want to replace a cheap labour force with an army of specialised robots? This sounds like false economy to me. My guess is the maintenance and running cost of one million robots will probably be much higher than employing one million unskilled workers in China (not to mention the huge one off costs one million robots will bring). When you average all the costs over 10 years, I have a feeling that employing real people will work out to be cheaper in China.

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