Robots May Fill Factory Jobs Trump Wants

Chinese Robots May Fill the Factory Jobs Trump WantsNew York Times
“Industrial robots – which come in many shapes and perform a range of factory jobs, from huge, precisely controlled arms used to build cars to graceful machines that package delicate pastries – were invented in the United States. But in the last few years the Chinese government has spent billions to turn China into the world’s robotic wonderland. In 2013, China became the world’s largest market for industrial robots, according to the International Federation of Robotics, an industry trade group. Now China is working on another big goal: to become the largest producer of robots used for factories, agriculture and a range of other applications….Frank Tobe, the publisher and editor of a trade magazine called The Robot Report, said government investment was imperative. ‘We better do something, or we’re going to be behind the gun,’ he said. ‘We should be in the robot business, not just users of foreign robots.’ If we don’t, robot scholars said the president’s plans for a resurg! ence in manufacturing could backfire. Today, we buy a lot of stuff made in China by Chinese people. Tomorrow, we’ll buy stuff made in America – by Chinese robots.”

“Robots with Artificial Intelligence could replace humans in up to 47 percent of today’s jobs, from hamburger flippers and factory workers to truck drivers, according to a report issued December 20, 2016, by the White House.” Full news release

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