Robots Made This Factory’s Production Soar
Robots are without a doubt the future of humanity. Automation has been around for some time, but it’s becoming increasingly more spread throughout our entire lives. It’s now all up to us how we implement it. The reason for this is robots are far more efficient than people when it comes to intensive, and especially, repetitive labour.
One example comes to us from China where a factory in Dongguan City replaced 90 percent of its workforce with machines and robots and its production then skyrocketed by 250 percent while the number of defects dropped by 80 percent.
The factory is producing mobile phones and used to employ 650 people. Today, only 60 people still work there while the rest have been replaced by 60 robotic arms working around the clock around 10 assembly lines. The remaining human employees oversee these robots and monitor the computer control systems.
According to Luo Weiqiang, the general manager of the factory, the number of employees could drop by another 40 individuals, while the high degree of efficiency brought by automation will most certainly incentivise other factories to follow suit.
The thing with robots and their efficiency obviously comes at a price. And that price will be high levels of unemployment. Now, even though humans have always looked at ways of making their jobs easier and requiring fewer people to do the same job, this current level of automatisation has never been seen before.
In fact, if measures are not taken to prepare ourselves for what’s to come, Oxford University predicts that the US will see levels of unemployment reaching as high as 47 percent over the following two decades.
As you can imagine, robots and other machines, including digital ones, already make up a lot of the workforce done behind the scenes as it is. With the ever increasing advancements made in robotics and artificial intelligence, robots will make up a larger and larger part of the workforce.
Now, as we’ve said before, this will be a bad thing for us if we are unprepared for it. Luckily there are people, governments and organisations that are looking into this matter and are trying to come up with ideas. A good solution would be UBI or universal basic income. This is, in a sense, a global welfare, so to speak, in which people will receive money every month for doing nothing. Some critics are against it, obviously, but they aren’t really bringing a new solution to the table. There are some UBI test trials underway in order to see how this program will work over a prolonged period of time and what effects it will have on society.
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