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Posted on Automation. Taking jobs aways from the skilled

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#1 posted 02-15-2017 07:17 AM

Has an estimate ever been done on how many humans would be needed to fabricate and maintain the robots?

- Gerald Thompson

Yes, and the estimate is zero. The machines will make and repair the machines. The machines will eventually be as smart as us, likely within a few decades. Once that happens, the machines will very quickly become, much, much smarter than us.

I have a CNC in my shop now. It enables me to now do things that otherwise would have been too labor intensive to do and actually make a profit. It also enables me to safely do things that would otherwise have been done by hand with a certain amount of risk. Im struggling to understand the “lost skill” argument. I still have to know how to do things just like I did when I was doing everything by hand. The difference is I m using a different set of tools and processes to get there. It seems insane to me for someone actually suggest Id be better off going back to a router table, worrying about cutting my fingers instead of having a machine do it for me. My accuracy is higher, as is my quality and repeatability.

- Logboy

As you just said, it is too labor intensive. What is happening is you are now producing more with less labor. It works better for you, because it’s your business. But when you can produce more with less work, it means someone else won’t be paid to do it. Works great for you, but not for the guy who loses his job.

This is the issue. Business has their foot on the gas, embracing technology to reduce labor costs. The problem is we’re heading right off a cliff. I’m not saying this is business’s fault, it’s the way it has always been. Up to now it’s been a great thing, since it freed up labor to do something else. The problem is, there is no longer something else.

-- Clin

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