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Humans replacing robots

2014-04-07 22:33:25.418139+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

'Gods' Make Comeback at Toyota as Humans Steal Jobs From Robots:

... Toyota’s next step forward is counter-intuitive in an age of automation: Humans are taking the place of machines in plants across Japan so workers can develop new skills and figure out ways to improve production lines and the car-building process.

But it's okay, we can continue to ship our designs to be built in China, right?

Edit: Alt theory: The sinking global economy has just reverted to the place where it's cheaper to hire people than to automate.


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#Comment Re: made: 2014-04-08 12:44:12.154715+00 by: Larry Burton

You can only automate what you know how to do. If you lose the knowledge of how things are made no amount of automation will lead to improved quality or innovation. Also, the shrinking middle class, in my opinion, is due more to the loss of skilled manufacturing jobs than it is to any other factor. Without the middle class how will you sell more Lexuses?

#Comment Re: made: 2014-04-08 14:36:05.779905+00 by: meuon

Larry: Well Said.