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SP
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Re: Robot Era
SP   12/16/2012 11:49:17 AM
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but Robots will not complain if they are made to work long hours. They are preprogrammed and can do the same work with same quality and precision for any number of times. I guess in manufacturing robots are best fits.

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Re: Robot Era
Nemos   12/16/2012 12:08:00 AM
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"but the cost of using robots is really high so it's not worth replacing humans with them. Human workers will continue to perform these"

Yes you are correct, but you are speaking about the future with today's terms,today the cost is high, Just remember my note .....

 

Douglas Alexander
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Re: Robot Era
Douglas Alexander   12/15/2012 9:44:34 PM

@all...I highly recommend the video "Plug and Pray." It shows the latest research with robots, vision systems, and AI. When you hear the powers behind the demand, you can get an idea where they want this technology to go. It can be pretty freaky at the extremes. Watch the video and draw your own conclusions.

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Re: Robot Era
TaimoorZ   12/15/2012 8:09:43 PM
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" I am convinced that in the next 20 years (maybe sooner) will not exist human worker"

@Nemos: I'm not sure if I'd agree with this. There are several industrial jobs where the robots can be substituted but the cost of using robots is really high so it's not worth replacing humans with them. Human workers will continue to perform these.

TaimoorZ
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TaimoorZ   12/15/2012 8:01:00 PM
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"Each robot costs between $20,000 and $25,000, which is over three times the average salary of one worker."

@Doughlas: Interesting post. I think the cost for the robot is a one time investment and the annual maintenance cost should not be so high. So the amount spent on a robot may be initially large but in the long run they'll become cheaper than human beings. Also, since the productivity of robots is high, the cost per unit of output may be lesser.

Nemos
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Robot Era
Nemos   12/15/2012 4:41:40 PM
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Today we can talk about it ,it is very clear now that the Robo era is coming, I am convinced that in the next 20 years (maybe sooner) will not exist human worker, and the states must plan an easy transition (training) from the industrial era to the Robo era to be as smoothly as it can be otherwise will have huge lines with unemployment people. That applies to all countries as our world is interconnected.   

 

Douglas Alexander
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Re: Wrong numbers?
Douglas Alexander   12/15/2012 11:46:23 AM
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@DWell...if one company does achieve a number like 1 million as they are targeted to do so, then they become either the golden boy of robotic innovation or the laughing stock if they lose efficiencies. As you say, this is a political move as well as a industrial effort. All eyes will be on the resultant numbers. If this works to a significant degree, then the manufacturing world will stand up and take notice. We might see big box stores dedicated to robotic products with fancy smancy show rooms. With working assembly lines producing real products. When I was a kid, we were taken on a field trip to Delta car battery factory where at the end of the tour, we each got a battery cap that we watched a plastic injection machine make right before our very eyes. What a thrill that was! Obviously it left a mark on my impressionable little mind.

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Wrong numbers?
DWeil   12/15/2012 3:34:37 AM
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According to http://www.everything-robotic.com/2012/10/foxbots-being-deployed-in-china.html they are employing 1.2 million workers at Foxconn, and they want to install 1 million robots until 2014.

If the Foxconn management were out to replace their workforce with robots, going by those numbers they would be very, very inefficient at it.

They would have to be even more inefficient, if they retrained a big part of those 1.2 million workers to do the service and maintenance for 1 million robots.

The same goes for building robots that need a significant amount of service and maintenance in the first place.

Apparently they wanted to have 300,000 robots installed by the end of 2012 and are hard pushed to achieve 10 % of that. So maybe they are indeed inefficient? Or are all those figures only attempts at building political pressure to achieve other ends?

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Douglas Alexander   12/14/2012 8:47:19 PM
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@Prabhakar...True...not necessarily jobs. This seems like another way for the rich to get richer while the goods are purchased by the masses that will be able to take advantage of automation based pricing. Seems like a good move to identify the mass robot makers and invest so you can be one of those rich guys.

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Adeniji Kayode   12/14/2012 8:25:02 PM
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SP,

They won't get tired but definately need servicing and maintenance.

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