@tech4people: very good question; I personal believe the sense of automation is in principal related to the way for allowing humans to do better and simpler their jobs; it is true, we have assisted also to the "replacement" of humans, but I feel it should be also a good point, especially for helping people in avoiding critical and dangerous conditions at work.
@tech4: I agree that manufacturing does not equal jobs. I think that is part of the problem in the US. People believe that massive assembly lines will just reappear. It is also true that much manufacturing is automated, so outside of operational jobs the demand for labor just isn't there. China, somewhat to its credit, still employs humans to do a lot of the work. There is the possibility, however, that factories may not keep up with innovation if they continue to do a lot of assembly by hand. I don't have enough insight in China to predict that one...
I don't think I implied that at all. Rather, the people complaining most loudly about China need to back off, or at least pick their battles. Manufacturing Olympic uniforms in the US is a good PR move but it certainly isn't going to change the economy. China's dominance in manufacturing is a given and complaining about it isn't going to chnage anything. That said, this is a good example of how public pressure can influence decisions.
These countries have very little by way of Energy resources so the only way for them to compete in Global markets is to devalue their currencies and so force Inflation down the throats of the General Population there.
However,that sceanario is no now coming to an end as the Workers there are no longer happy with extremely low wages there.If you have to pay them much-much higher wages then their attractiveness as a captive workforce declines which means you will going ahead see a lot more production moving back to the US.
Its there even in China,but China is ahead of the curve here.
I really like it when public pressure does bring about results. Of course, I only like it when it brings about the results I agree with...but I'll take small, incremental victories where I can get 'em.
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