The statistics show that robots are leading to more jobs in manufacturing, not less. The jobs created by automation are safer and more desirable to the tech savvy next generation. "Demand for manufactured goods is on the cusp of the greatest expansion in history. The scale and nature of that demand can’t be met unless manufacturing productivity and sophistication continue to see rapid gains. Robots, both physical and virtual, will be essential to achieving those gains. In short: the argument that manufacturing employment is destined to become irrelevant is wildly overstated." With more efficiency comes more room to grow and invent.
It’s mostly accepted wisdom in policy circles: automation means that manufacturing employment is destined to follow the historical example of farm work, becoming a negligible share of the U.S. workforce. Even those who embrace the Trump administration’s efforts to “onshore” factories say that we should be “honest about the facts,” especially to those Americans still out of work. The erudite Ben Sasse, a senator with a Ph.D. in history, has called the transformation an “irreversible trend.” Read More
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