Ian McCausland

Manufacturing in FocusThreat or Opportunity?Keeping Perspective and Redefining Work in the Age of Advanced Automation

Manufacturing in Focus

Threat or Opportunity?

Keeping Perspective and Redefining Work in the Age of Advanced Automation

Recently, the specter of automation has cast a shadow over the manufacturing industry. Alongside gains in productivity, automation also produces widespread fear of job losses and mass unemployment. Statistical evidence, based on historical trends in automation, reveals a much less alarmist picture, while advances in the area broadly defined as Artificial Intelligence (AI) are seized upon as evidence that in the near future, human labour will be made obsolete, or worse, AI will be the catalyst of humanity’s destruction.

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