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Barbara Jorgensen
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Robotic revolution
Barbara Jorgensen   12/12/2012 2:37:06 PM
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I keep hearing this old song in my head..."In the year 2525, if man is still alive, if woman can survive, we may find...everything that you think, say or do, some machine is doing for you..."

We are already too close to that. As a home office worker, I used to make a point of going out to a bookstore for a novel; the local store closed and now that 5-minute trip is 30 minutes. So I'm getting an e-reader. I also made a point of Christmas shopping at retail stores, and the selection is awful. Amazon.com used to be my default option but is quickly becoming my first choice.

 I don't have to run up or down stairs to answer the phone any more or get up to change channels. (You can't manually change channels if you want to!) So what do we do for exercise? A machine (treadmill, stairmaster...) You can even program a treadmill to move without you on it. Is it just me, or are things getting a little creepy?

Adeniji Kayode
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Re: Robotic revolution
Adeniji Kayode   12/12/2012 4:05:41 PM
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It seems to look like many foxconn employees will soon be out of job by the end of the year.

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Clairvoyant   12/13/2012 2:08:54 PM
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I actually didn't hear about the "FoxBots" until I read this article. This is some amazing technology! However, it is very concerning how many people will loose jobs because of this. Does anyone know who the manufacturer of these robots is? Or is Foxconn building them for themselves?

Adeniji Kayode
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Solving a problem to create another
Adeniji Kayode   12/13/2012 4:39:26 PM
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This might be a ggod move for Forconn but then it may not have to worry about issues that surround human workers such as strict polies, extremely long hours and unfair pay yet, if this is not properly handled will lead to so many people joblessness.

But then the robots would still need human to oil them when they malfunction.

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Re: Solving a problem to create another
nimantha.d   12/14/2012 5:53:47 AM
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Robotic activities are becoming very common these days with the technology moving fast. I think humans will have less work in the future since programatic memory will work fast and adapt faster than the human memory.

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good move
FLYINGSCOT   12/14/2012 7:32:56 AM
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I am all for increased automation as it means humans will move further up the knowledge chain as we are still needed to design and maintain the robots.  Since overall productivity should still go up it will make for an easier life for all us humans ;-)

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Robotic Revolution
SP   12/14/2012 10:19:10 AM
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With Foxconn always in the news associated with employee suicide cases, I guess its wise for them to deploy few robots who will not complain about living conditions. The robots just have to be charged and programmed. May be the they will also need supervisory robotos. Wonder how much ewaste would be generated by Foxconn alone.

prabhakar_deosthali
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prabhakar_deosthali   12/14/2012 10:40:22 AM
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About 25 years back I had a chance to visit a car manufacturing plant near Paris. On the assembly line of that plant there were about 35 robots operating on the whole of the assembly line of that car plant which rolled out a new car every 2 minutes. I could see the human workers only towards the end of the assembly line doing the final electrical fittings and doing the test rides of the finished vehicles.

So there is no wonder if such scenario now appears on electronic manufacturing lines and if the economics works out well then why not.

But  I am just wondering  that the basic incentives for moving such assembly lines to countries like China was that their manual labor was very cheap and the workers were very fast at doing the repeated assembly jobs.

A robotic factory could as well in any other country as the robot will cost the same.

So may be the western world has a chance here to bring back all that manufacturing on shore again

But not necessarily the jobs!

 

 

Adeniji Kayode
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Re: Solving a problem to create another
Adeniji Kayode   12/14/2012 1:04:03 PM
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The introduction of robots might lead to joblessness but things would normalise with time.

This might cause people to start taking courses in robot maintenance and programming.

This also means that some career discipline will no longer be neccessary or available in universities.

Adeniji Kayode
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Re: good move
Adeniji Kayode   12/14/2012 1:08:21 PM
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FLYINGSCOT.

I agree with you on that but do you foresee us having robocops one day?

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