When inflexible automation collides with manufacturing trends requiring more flexibility, productivity suffers. Why? Manufacturing as currently practiced — with poor human-machine collaboration — is not sufficiently responsive to the long-term trends of shorter product life cycles and increasing product diversity.
Increased automation—with its ability to significantly boost societal productivity—is needed to help modern nations address seemingly intractable challenges such as sluggish wage growth, aging populations, rising health care costs, environmental restorations, global competitiveness, and often-worrisome levels of public sector debt.
New research by MIT economist Daron Acemoglu shows that since 1987, automation has taken away jobs from lower-skill workers without being replaced by an equivalent number of labor-market opportunities.
Labor shortages and high levels of workplace injury and illness have always challenged the food manufacturing sector, especially meat producers. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation. Robotics automation provides a solution.
Designers and engineers require prototypes to verify product design and manufacturability and engineering, before moving on to full production. But how can start-ups and smaller companies, who lack the high level of resources and expertise of larger firms, rapidly develop their prototypes? Outsourcing provides one solution.
A new study co-authored by an MIT economist Daron Acemoglu shows firms that move quickly to use robots tend to add workers to their payroll, while industry job losses are more concentrated in firms that make this change more slowly.
MIT economist Daron Acemoglu’s new research puts a number on the job costs of automation.
Safety considerations and additional programming work can benefit workplaces utilizing collaborative robot technologies.
Impact of automation yet to be felt, and workers remain optimistic that it will help their future work.
Wearable headset provides a conduit between robots, IoT equipment and AI data.
Get ready for the week in robotics by catching up on some news items from last week.
U.S. jobs in some regions could be more vulnerable to displacement from automation than others, having a direct affect on elections. And the governments of Taiwan and Iran look to artificial intelligence for new applications.
This week saw continued fears from people over artificial intelligence being used to create autonomous weapons, or that robots may take jobs from lower-skilled workers.
AI policy isn’t just about chips; it also affects where driverless vehicles will go, global workforces, and manufacturing competitiveness.
Major manufacturers have taken the lead in reshoring American jobs and adopting industrial automation, writes our guest columnist.
A LivePerson survey found that many Americans are worried about robots taking jobs, but less about automation affecting their own work. What should government and business do in response?
There’s a real lack of solutions to preventing the seismic shift robots will have on the economy. We examine two potential options: Universal Basic Income and a tax on robots.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates say robots should pay taxes if they take jobs from humans. Do you agree?
The future of automation in the U.S. depends on entrepreneurship, government leadership from the new administration, and attention to skills shortages, writes A3 President Jeff Burnstein.
Rodney Brooks said “we’re undervaluing workers when we say that robots are replacing them. We’re undervaluing an ordinary person’s intelligence.”
The Center for Manufacturing Excellence at Lansing Community College plans to serve the need for mechatronics operators.
Robot bashing The World Economic Forum (WEF) is at its annual mountain retreat in Davos, Switzerland, once again. An idyllic Swiss mountain village -with snipers seemingly on every roof top-replete with obligatory snowy scenery and lofty peaks in the distance, with an equally lofty, overarching conference theme: The Fourth Industrial Revolution. It’s a theme that…