ImageThe general consensus about robots in manufacturing jobs is that they
take positions away from workers. After all once the initial purchase is
made a robot can work longer hours, generally with less mistakes, and
they don't need hourly wages, health benefits or holiday time. But what
about in an economy that is already experiencing some serious issues.
white paper put out by CSIRO is looking to answer just that question.
The paper starts with the grim news. In the land down under
manufacturing jobs have been on the decline for more than a decade. They
are also predicting that the trend will get worse, with as many as
85,000 more jobs being cut in the next five years. The solution that is
being proposed is robots. The paper asserts the idea that new robots
being move into the Australian manufacturing sector would not increase
the cuts to jobs, but simply assist the existing workers. As the sector
becomes stronger, the logic follows, the company could then hire more
workers. The company envisions a future where workers use robot tools to
work more effectively, doing their jobs via telepresence.
Whether or not it would pan out that way however is a matter that only time can resolve.
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