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At these factories, robots are making jobs better for workers - McKinsey & Company
Our latest research suggests that when robots—or automated manufacturing technology—take over jobs that are oriented around repetitive tasks, operators are able to move onto more exciting and productive work.

This was the case at 16 “lighthouses of manufacturing,” which were identified as part of a joint McKinsey and World Economic Forum project presented at Davos.
industry4.0  advanced-manufacturing  automation  robotics  Around-the-web  this-week-450 
4 days ago by areadevelopment
Navigating the Change of Technology (Video) - Comcast Newsmakers
Automation Alley is a nonprofit manufacturing and technology business association and Michigan's Industry 4.0 knowledge center, with a global outlook and a regional focus.
this-week-450  Around-the-web  Matt  automation  advanced-manufacturing  manufacturing  advanced-technology  technology  tech  high-tech 
14 days ago by areadevelopment
Automation is Reshaping Work Across America. A New Report Explores the Impact – and How Communities Might Respond - Walmart
America at Work: A National Mosaic and Roadmap for Tomorrow examines resiliency, or the capacity to respond to change — in this case, automation. The report examines more than 3,000 counties in the United States with the goal of helping communities plan for their individual situations and develop responses that will position them to survive and thrive in a changing economy.
automation  walmart  Around-the-web  this-week-448  this-week-448-new 
4 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Building a City in the Cloud - Forbes
Online businesses and virtual jobs may be able to revive even the most fragile of economies. With the threat of a recession on the horizon, that’s a beautiful thought.
this-week-448  Around-the-web  Matt  workforce  jobs  economic-development  automation  tech  high-tech  technology 
5 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Automation and Artificial Intelligence: How machines are affecting people and places - Brookings
At first, technologists issued dystopian alarms about the power of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) to destroy jobs. Then came a correction, with a wave of reassurances. Now, the discourse appears to be arriving at a more complicated understanding, suggesting that automation will bring neither apocalypse nor utopia, but instead both benefits and stress alike.
this-week-448  Around-the-web  Matt  advanced-industries  advanced-technology  technology  high-tech  robotics  automation  AI 
7 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Berkeley's two-armed robot hints at a new future for warehouses - Axios
eliable robot grabbers are the just-out-of-reach holy grail for e-commerce outfits like Amazon and Walmart, who still rely mainly on human hands for the job. Smart picker-uppers would clear a serious bottleneck in shipping and could change the nature of warehouses entirely.
industry4.0  automation  robotics  distribution-centers  e-commmerce  Around-the-web  this-week-447 
8 weeks ago by areadevelopment
5 Questions We Should Be Asking About Automation and Jobs - HBR
We simply don’t know for sure whether automation, algorithms, and AI will ultimately create more jobs than they destroy. Opinions are all over the map.
automation  Around-the-web  this-week-445  jobs  workforce-development  insider-12-20-2018 
12 weeks ago by areadevelopment
The future of work in manufacturing - Deloitte Insights
Job rules and the nature of work are changing in what’s called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We examine what future manufacturing jobs will be like in the digital era.
manufacturing  automation  industry4.0  workforce-development  Around-the-web  this-week-445  insider-12-20-2018 
december 2018 by areadevelopment
Innovations Shaping the Future of Work - Manhattan Associates
The ways work is done is changing rapidly, as humans and technology are brought closer together. Because DC operations vary so much, no single innovation will dominate the entire industry. Instead, many emerging technologies will continue to offer different advantages.
industry4.0  warehousing  shop-floor  robotics  distribution-centers  automation  Around-the-web  this-week-443 
november 2018 by areadevelopment
2018 Manufacturing Skills Gap Study - Deloitte US
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is transforming the world of work through artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, automation, analytics, and the Internet of Things. Despite common fears, these technologies are likely to create more jobs than they replace—as illustrated by the tight labor conditions in the US and global manufacturing industry.
u.s.-manufacturing  skills-gap  workforce-development  robotics  internet-of-things  automation  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-442-top  insider-12-20-2018 
november 2018 by areadevelopment
Inside the New Industrial Revolution - WSJ
The mobile internet, automation and AI will have profound implications. Here’s a closer look at how the old and new economies compare.
industry4.0  automation  AI  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-442-top 
november 2018 by areadevelopment
NASA is using HoloLens AR headsets to build its new spacecraft faster - MIT Technology Review
Traditionally, aerospace organizations have replied upon thousand-page paper manuals to relay instructions to their workers. In recent years, firms like Boeing and Airbus have started experimenting with augmented reality, but it’s rarely progressed beyond the testing phase. At Lockheed, at least, that’s changing. The firm’s employees are now using AR to do their jobs every single day.
augmented-reality-shop-floor  shop-floor  automation  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web  Aerospace  lockheed-martin  this-week-438 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
Brad Porter, VP of Robotics at Amazon, on Warehouse Automation, Machine Learning, and His First Robot - IEEE Spectrum
Amazon's chief roboticist discusses the latest advances in the field and how his team is using machine learning to make its robots smarter
robotics  warehouse-facility  Around-the-web  this-week-438  amazon  automation 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
Innovation, Disruption and the Value of Time: The Next 10 Years in Logistics Real Estate - Prologis
What’s next for logistics real estate? That question has been central to our three-part series on supply chains, which launched in April. In this final installment, we study how the following mega trends across the broader logistics ecosystem could affect logistics real estate in the next decade.
logistics  warehouse-facility  automation  industry-reports  prologis  Around-the-web  this-week-437-top 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
An Introduction to Robotic Process Automation for Manufacturers - BDO
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is transforming the way organizations across different industries do business. It allows organizations to automate certain types of work processes to reduce the time spent on costly manual tasks and increase efforts to deliver mission critical work.
u.s.-manufacturing  industry4.0  process-automation  automation  Around-the-web  this-week-437 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
Warehouse of the future: Nine features transforming industrial properties - JLL
Multilingual voice controls, the Internet of Things (IoT) and emerging technologies are adding new efficiencies to the modern warehouse in a climate of rising costs, according to a new JLL report.

Even as operators introduce more warehouse technology, many are also adding employee quality-of-life enhancements to counteract labor shortages.
warehouse-facility  internet-of-things  automation  robotics  labor-shortages  Around-the-web  this-week-437-top  insider-10-17-2018 
september 2018 by areadevelopment
Opinion: Contrary to popular wisdom, automation is not a job killer in U.S. manufacturing - The Washington Post
I’ve explained why I don’t think the tariffs will help, but I also reject the pervasive argument that automation is just too powerful a job-killing force such that there’s no point in trying to help our factory sector. In fact, according to an important new paper by economist Susan N. Houseman, the argument that “labor-displacing technology,” i.e., robots/AI/etc., has killed factory employment is not supported by the data.
tariffs  trade-agreements  government-policy  automation  advanced-manufacturing  jobs  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-431  insider-12-17-2018 
july 2018 by areadevelopment
Why is 2018 the year of the robot? - Industrial Insights - PwC
Robots – and automation in general – have been riding a steep maturity curve in the last several years. Adoption rates are up. They’re getting smarter, doing more, and becoming more affordable. The “factory of the future” has become an established buzzword, and the rise of the robots is now conventional wisdom.
u.s.-manufacturing  automation  robotics  advanced-manufacturing  industry4.0  shop-floor 
july 2018 by areadevelopment
From rust belt to robot belt: Turning AI into jobs in the US heartland - MIT Technology Review
The symbolism of robots moving into a former steelworks is lost on few people in the city. Pittsburgh is reinventing itself, using the advances in automation, robots, and artificial intelligence coming out of its schools—particularly Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)—to try to create a high-tech economy. Lawrenceville, five miles from Hazelwood, has become a center for US development of self-driving cars.
industry4.0  automation  AI  rust-belt  midwest  regional-reports  pittsburgh  uber  Around-the-web  this-week-429 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
A giant new retail fulfillment center in China has only four employees - MIT Technology Review, one of China’s big e-commerce companies, has unveiled a warehouse in Shanghai that, it says, only keeps humans on board so they can service all the robots.
warehouse-facility  automation  industry4.0  e-commmerce  Around-the-web  logistics-center  this-week-429 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
Robots to the Rescue...of Manufacturing - City Journal
It’s mostly accepted wisdom in policy circles: automation means that manufacturing employment is destined to follow the historical example of farm work, becoming a negligible share of the U.S. workforce. Even those who embrace the Trump administration’s efforts to “onshore” factories say that we should be “honest about the facts,” especially to those Americans still out of work. The erudite Ben Sasse, a senator with a Ph.D. in history, has called the transformation an “irreversible trend.”
automation  robotics  advanced-manufacturing  this-week-427-top  Around-the-web 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
Automation is hitting small US businesses, and (surprise!) it’s not all bad - MIT Technology Review
Automation is bringing change to businesses large and small. We sat down with Liz Reynolds, executive director of MIT’s Work of the Future task force, to see how her research brings her in touch with small companies in the US that are already feeling the impact of robotics and AI.
automation  advanced-manufacturing  small-business  AI  industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-427  workforce-mobility  rural-economic-development 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
The shape of things to come: How manufacturers are leveraging technology to gain an edge - Industrial Insights - PwC
Technology has always been a key lever to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness.  With the dazzling array of emerging technology entering the market, we set out in our 2nd Global Digital Operations Survey to understand more about what technologies are being implemented and why. In essence, how is industry leveraging technology to gain an edge today, tomorrow, and in the future?
advanced-manufacturing  industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-426  executive-surveys  internet-of-things  automation 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
What Impact Will the Robot Revolution Have on the Fashion Industry? - Fashionista
While it's generally accepted that automation and digitalization will increase supply chain productivity and greatly improve the fashion industry's sustainability performance, the panel was less united on where these innovations will leave workers.
textiles-clothing-industries  automation  Around-the-web  this-week-425 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
How the World’s Biggest Companies Are Fine-Tuning the Robot Revolution - WSJ
Automation is leading to job growth in certain industries where machines take on repetitive tasks, freeing humans for more creative duties
this-week-425-top  Around-the-web  automation  skilled-labor  shop-floor  workforce-training 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
Tomorrow’s Factories Will Need Better Processes, Not Just Better Robots - HBR
There’s no doubt that the auto industry will continue to vigorously pursue automation solutions to lower the cost of producing cars. But the reality is that any major leap forward on cost and efficiency will no longer be possible through automation alone, since most of the tasks that can be automated in an automotive factory have already been tackled.
automotive-industry  automation  shop-floor  industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-424-top  sfp-insider-5-24-2018 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
Colleges are Adding Programs in a Once-Decimated Industry - Assembly Magazine
As robots take over much of the manual labor in factories, the new jobs being created tend to require computer and engineering skills and advanced training. That’s helped to fuel a boomlet of college investment in manufacturing programs.
u.s.-manufacturing  workforce-training  skills-gap  automation  advanced-manufacturing  this-week-424-top  Around-the-web 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
Industry 4.0: Gaining Confidence over Digital Transformations - Industrial Insights - PwC
Today, manufacturers exist in a world of digital potentialities: AI, IoT, robots and cobots, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, connected field services, smart supply chains, automated back-office processes, and other innovations that can completely transform their businesses by ushering in unprecedented operational effectiveness and efficiency.

But getting those technologies online entails capital spend–and risk.
industry4.0  advanced-manufacturing  internet-of-things  automation  robotics  AI  nanotechnology  smart-supply-chains  competitiveness  capital-access  Around-the-web  this-week-423 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
Seven Jobs Robots Will Create-or Expand - WSJ
Artificial intelligence threatens to destroy a lot of jobs. But there’s another side to the story.
ai  automation  jobs  skilled-labor  skills-gap  Around-the-web  this-week-423-top 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
The Time for Retraining Is Now - MIT Sloan Management Review
Rather than wait to see the answer about whether more jobs will be lost or be gained, we need to act now to enable current employers and employees to gain the skills they are going to need in the brave new world of AI technology. Let’s look at some examples of what is currently being done.
automation  industry4.0  workforce-training  STEM-workforce  skills-gap  Around-the-web  this-week-422-top  sfp-insider-6-13-2018 
april 2018 by areadevelopment
How Will Automation Affect Different U.S. Cities? - Kellogg Insight
obs in small cities will likely be hit hardest. Check how your community and profession will fare.
automation  Around-the-web  this-week-422  Metros 
april 2018 by areadevelopment
The auto plants of the future may have a surprisingly human touch - Reuters
Carmakers have big plans for their next generation of factories: smarter designs, artificial intelligence and collaborative robots building a wide range of vehicles on the same line. The plants will also feature a component they say is the secret ingredient to flexible manufacturing: humans.
automotive-industry  shop-floor  skilled-labor  automation  industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-422-top 
april 2018 by areadevelopment
At Amazon's Monee warehouse, robot co-workers are the new normal - Chicago Tribune
More than 2,000 full-time employees work alongside a fleet of squat, 320-pound orange robots that roll almost silently under the square towers of shelves they deliver to workers stowing newly arrived items or picking out products to be packed and shipped.
shop-floor  distribution-centers  amazon  robotics  automation  logistics-center  Around-the-web  this-week-419 
april 2018 by areadevelopment
How will automation affect jobs, skills, and wages? - McKinsey & Company
As the nature of work changes with automation, millions of people may need to switch occupations and acquire new skills.
skilled-labor  labor-costs  automation  Around-the-web  this-week-418-top  workforce-development 
march 2018 by areadevelopment
Why the Automation Boom Could Be Followed by a Bust - Harvard Business Review
You may not be sharing your office with a robot yet, but the next wave of automation has begun. Humanoid service robots, machine learning algorithms and autonomous logistics will replace millions of service workers in the coming decade. Experts are rushing to forecast the likely impact on jobs. But most projections overlook two powerful forces that will combine with automation to reshape the global economy by 2030: rapidly aging populations and rising inequality.
Around-the-web  this-week-416-top  automation  economic-analysis 
march 2018 by areadevelopment
Autonomous vehicles won’t just change our roads, they’ll change our factories, too - Industrial Insights - PwC
Increasingly, semi-autonomous and even autonomous vehicles within manufacturing operations are gaining independence. Materials-handling robots in particular are making aggressive moves, most notably in warehouses and inventory management.
automation  manufacturing-automation  autonomous-vehicles  shop-floor  advanced-manufacturing  industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-415  sfp-insider-4-17-2018 
march 2018 by areadevelopment
Making the future of work, work - EY
As the world adjusts to the digital age, workers will increasingly be freed up from repetitive tasks and can explore the attributes that make us human. These human attributes, including lateral thinking, creativity, decision-making, innovation, intuition and empathy, will become more important as the balance of machines and humans in the workplace shift. As this shift occurs, whereby machines take on more, we should also see the creation of new roles, tasks and responsibilities that are yet to be defined.
workplace-trends  workplace-design  automation  lease-accounting  asset-management  humanresources  Around-the-web  this-week-413-top 
february 2018 by areadevelopment
How to Reform Worker-Training and Adjustment Policies for an Era of Technological Change - ITIF
Rather than slow down technological disruption to protect a small number of workers at the expense of the vast majority who are benefiting, policymakers should focus on doing significantly more to help those who are displaced transition successfully into new jobs and occupations.
workforce-training  retraining  industry4.0  manufacturing-automation  automation  workforce-development  Around-the-web  this-week-413  insider-4-25-2018 
february 2018 by areadevelopment
The Robots Are Coming for Garment Workers. That’s Good for the U.S., Bad for Poor Countries - WSJ
Automation is reaching into trades that once seemed immune, transforming sweatshops in places like Bangladesh and bringing production back to America
textiles-clothing-industries  automation  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-413 
february 2018 by areadevelopment
The False Choice Between Automation and Jobs - HBR
The performance benefits for companies are compelling and not just (or even mainly) in terms of reducing labor costs: automation can also bring whole new business models, and improvements that go beyond human capabilities, such as increasing throughput and quality and raising
automation  manufacturing-automation  competitiveness  jobs  industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-412-top 
february 2018 by areadevelopment
The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine - The New York Times
In a world full of anxiety about the potential
job-destroying rise of automation, Sweden is well placed
to embrace technology while limiting human costs.
sweden  business-globalization  automation  robotics  skilled-labor  jobs  Around-the-web  this-week-409 
december 2017 by areadevelopment
How a “Robot Tax” Could Reduce Income Inequality - Kellogg Insight
Earlier this year, Microsoft founder Bill Gates threw his support behind a controversial policy: a robot tax. As workers in many sectors are replaced by machines, the government is losing huge amounts of income tax revenue. Taxing the companies that employ robots, Gates reasoned, could help slow the pace of automation, and the revenue could be used to retrain employees.
robotics  automation  Around-the-web  this-week-409 
december 2017 by areadevelopment
Robots will create more jobs than they eradicate by 2020
Artificial intelligence technology will begin to create more jobs than it replaces, says Gartner
automation  robotics  industry4.0  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web  jobs  this-week-407 
december 2017 by areadevelopment
Does Amazon create jobs? Well, it hired 75,000 robots in 2017. - Quartz
Amazon’s headcount is growing by 40% year-over-year. It was the eighth-largest private employer in the US at the end of 2016, and it’s poised to climb those ranks quickly. The online retailer also announced plans to build a second US headquarters that will employ 50,000 employees.

But Amazon’s growth comes at a cost. It has a well-earned reputation for overwhelming competitors. Even though Amazon represents a small portion of the overall retail industry, it dominates the industry’s sales growth.

We wondered: Does Amazon create more jobs than it destroys?

It depends—on whether you are a robot
Around-the-web  this-week-407  amazon  automation  jobs  skilled-labor  workforce-development  logistics  warehousing 
december 2017 by areadevelopment
Help wanted: The future of automotive talent is shifting gears- Industrial insights - PwC
Major OEMs are racing to develop a range of alternative propulsion (hybrid, electric, fuel cell), connected and self-driving vehicles – while continuing to improve operational efficiencies that aim to sustain profits. In turn, business models and production facilities across the auto supply chain are being reconsidered and, in some cases, upended.
industry-reports  automotive-industry  industry4.0  advanced-manufacturing  autonomous-vehicles  skilled-labor  workforce-development  automation  Around-the-web  this-week-405-top 
december 2017 by areadevelopment
A Changing Food Manufacturing Industry - Area Development
Evolving consumer preferences, the use of automation, food safety regulations, and foreign direct investment are stirring up the food industry.
area-development-features  Matt  food-industry  food-processing  manufacturing  economic-development  site-selection  automation  FDI 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
The MIT Developer Revolutionizing U.S. Factory Jobs - Somerville, MA Patch
As many Americans despair over disappearing factory jobs and fear being replaced by a machine, Natan Linder has set out to arm assembly-line workers with cutting-edge technology and help preserve the U.S. manufacturing market. He's launched Tulip, an app that connects every element of a production line to a data collection program where it can be analyzed so crews can smarten and streamline their operation. New Balance and Merck have signed on. A byproduct, Linder hopes, is attracting a qualified younger generation to help fill 3.5 million jobs the Manufacturing Institute, a Washington-based think tank, has predicted will become available over the next decade. Linder, who arrived at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab from Israel in 2008, cofounded 3D printing company Formlabs in Somerville before launching Tulip, the result of almost a decade of research.
shop-floor  automation  industry4.0  big-data  internet-of-things  Around-the-web  this-week-405  insider-10-17-2018 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Digital trust and the smart factory: Guarding the gates and opening the frontier - Industrial insights - PwC
rom the factory floor to the supply chain and the sales process, a new web of automation, data, and analytics is now more and more connecting machines with human workers, thereby promoting real-time collaboration, achieving hyperefficiency, reducing waste, decreasing downtime, and presenting greater opportunity for innovation.
shop-floor  automation  industry4.0  internet-of-things  Around-the-web  this-week-404-top 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Bid to Revive U.S. Solar Factories Faces Familiar Job-Killer - Bloomberg
A bankrupt Georgia company is pushing to revive U.S. solar manufacturing with a trade case that’s headed for the president’s desk. The simmering dispute from Suniva Inc. stands a good chance of leading to import tariffs, but don’t expect that to bring the jobs back.
solar  energy  green-economy  free-trade-agreements  government-policy  business-globalization  china  automation  Around-the-web  this-week-404 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
How intelligent automation will impact and revitalise global supply chains - Supply Chain Digital
The idea of automation in manufacturing and the supply chain is nothing new - since the earliest days of the industrial revolution we have sought to automate tasks with machines, and lower the cost of manufacturing processes. 
automation  logistics  global-supply-chain  Around-the-web  this-week-403 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Why machines do not have to be the enemy - The Financial Times
These findings, though preliminary, are a reminder that technology does not necessarily mean doom to all but the highest skilled. The best response to the race against the machines is not to hold the machines back; it is to help the humans jump aboard.
automation  skilled-labor  workforce-development  Around-the-web  this-week-402 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Why Skilled Labor is the No. 1 Location Driver for Manufacturers Today - Quality Magazine
Automated production does not equate to zero jobs; instead it means that operations need more skilled labor in order to operate, maintain and retool technologically advanced equipment. 
skilled-labor  automation  backshoring  u.s.-manufacturing  workforce-development  Around-the-web  location-analysis  this-week-402-top 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Robots descending on industrial workplaces in record numbers - Detroit Free Press
Part of a growing trend, a Michigan auto parts supplier is installing "collaborative" robots in bid to boost efficiency. Workers hope the move makes the company competitive, boosting job security.
industry-reports  automotive-industry  regional-reports  Michigan  industry-clusters  automation  advanced-manufacturing 
october 2017 by areadevelopment
Germany has more industrial robots than US: Impact on jobs, wages, inequality - Quartz
Europe’s strongest economy and manufacturing powerhouse has quadrupled the amount of industrial robots it has installed in the last 20 years, without causing human redundancies.
business-globalization  around-the-web  this-week-399  robotics-manufacturing  automation  industry4.0 
october 2017 by areadevelopment
Building smarter cars with smarter factories: How AI will change the auto business - McKinsey & Company
From driverless cars to robots on the factory floor, AI is transforming the automotive industry. Here are the steps smart companies are taking to seize the opportunities it offers.
artificial-intelligence  automation  internet-of-things  autonomous-vehicles  automotive-industry  shop-floor  industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-398 
october 2017 by areadevelopment
Workforce of the future - The competing forces shaping 2030 - PwC
We are living through a fundamental transformation in the way we work. Automation and 'thinking machines' are replacing human tasks, changing the skills that organisations are looking for in their people. But what will the future look like?

This isn’t a time to sit back and wait for events to unfold. To be prepared for the future, you have to understand it.
workforce-development  automation  skilled-labor  skills-gap  workforce-training  Around-the-web  this-week-397-top  sfp-insider-6-13-2018 
september 2017 by areadevelopment
The Automation & Specialization of Manufacturing Jobs in America - CTE Publications
The American manufacturing industry is charging ahead. Despite losing five million jobs over the past decade due to automation and offshoring, the American manufacturing industry is now producing up to 12% of the country's gross domestic product. That's the same percentage of product produced in 1960, but with three times the growth in productivity experienced in 1978.
automation  Around-the-web  this-week-397  u.s.-manufacturing  workforce-development  skilled-labor  advanced-manufacturing 
september 2017 by areadevelopment
As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles - The New York Times
Amazon’s global work force is three times larger than Microsoft’s and 18 times larger than Facebook’s, and last week, Amazon said it would open a second headquarters in North America with up to 50,000 new jobs.
this-week-397  Around-the-web  Matt  ecommerce  retail  amazon  technology  jobs  workforce  economic-development  robotics  automation  fulfillment-center 
september 2017 by areadevelopment
Chill: Robots Won’t Take All Our Jobs - WIRED
Over the past few years, it has become conventional wisdom that dramatic advances in robotics and artificial intelligence have put us on the path to a jobless future.
this-week-396  Around-the-web  Matt  robotics  automation  advanced-manufacturing  high-tech  tech  technology  jobs  workforce 
september 2017 by areadevelopment
Where the robots are - The Avenue - Brookings Institution
Almost nothing in today’s economy is evenly distributed, whether it be technology, productivity, output, or inclusive prosperity. And so it is worth getting more specific about where exactly automation may displace workers — and where not.
jobs  automation  robotics  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-395 
august 2017 by areadevelopment
Amazon Enlists Researchers to Build Box-Packing Robots - Bloomberg
Teams competing in Amazon's third-annual contest tackle a problem that has kept companies from automating warehouses entirely.
warehousing  distribution-centers  amazon  robotics-manufacturing  automation  Around-the-web  supply-chain  this-week-392-top 
july 2017 by areadevelopment
Michigan’s New Motor City: Ann Arbor as a Driverless-Car Hub -
As the world looks ahead to a future of interconnected, self-driving cars, this college town 40 miles west of Detroit has emerged as a one-of-a-kind, living laboratory for the technologies that will pave the way.
Around-the-web  Matt  Michigan  midwest  automation  automotive-industry  tech  technology  high-tech  ann-arbor  this-week-394 
july 2017 by areadevelopment
The CEO’s Toolkit to Lead Through the Digital Disruption - Area Development
Companies are fighting for survival as the era of digital disruption dawns; a robust people strategy” is one foundational element that should not be overlooked.
area-development-features  Matt  manufacturing  disruption  advanced-manufacturing  advanced-industries  advanced-technology  automation  technology  high-tech  tech  high-tech-manufacturing  jobs  workforce  skilled-labor  skills-gap 
may 2017 by areadevelopment
Where Automation Will Replace Jobs in American Cities - CityLab
Economists expect that millions of American jobs are going to be replaced by automation in the coming decades. But where will those job losses take place? Which areas will be hardest hit?
this-week-384-top  Around-the-web  Matt  automation  jobs  manufacturing  workforce  robotics  economic-development 
may 2017 by areadevelopment
Jack Ma Sees Decades of Pain as Internet Upends Old Economy - Bloomberg
The world must change education systems and establish how to work with robots to help soften the blow caused by automation and the internet economy, Ma said in a speech to an entrepreneurship conference in Zhengzhou, China.
this-week-384  Around-the-web  Matt  robotics  education  internet-of-things  ecommerce  high-tech  technology  tech  jobs  automation 
april 2017 by areadevelopment
U.S. manufacturing jobs look different in the Trump era - CNNMoney
Several studies show automation was the overwhelming reason why America has lost roughly 5 million manufacturing jobs since 2000. One study by Ball State University concluded that 87% of the factory job losses between 2000 and 2010 were due to more efficient practices, especially better technology.
this-week-381  Around-the-web  Matt  manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  jobs  workforce  skilled-labor  STEM  skills-gap  automation  robotics 
april 2017 by areadevelopment
What Happens When the Machines Take Our Jobs? - CityLab
Automation is a new mass economic problem, one that arguably affected the outcome of the presidential election. Thousands of Americans have already been displaced by a force of much more efficient workers—machines.
this-week-378  Around-the-web  Matt  manufacturing  automation  robotics  robotics-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  skilled-labor  workforce  jobs 
february 2017 by areadevelopment
Trade vs. Productivity: What Caused U.S. Manufacturing's Decline and How to Revive It - ITIF
Automation was not the primary culprit behind manufacturing job losses, and now too little automation is depressing U.S. output and leading to stagnation in U.S. manufacturing.
automation  manufacturing-automation  u.s.-manufacturing  industry4.0  economic-analysis  productivity  this-week-377  Around-the-web  economic-indicator-reports-analysis 
february 2017 by areadevelopment
Surprise: Robots Aren't Replacing Humans In Key Areas Of Manufacturing - Forbes
For workers, it’s intimidating to hear of industrial digitization plans that envision handing over anywhere from 60 to 80 percent of processes to robots and other programmable machines in the not too distant future.
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february 2017 by areadevelopment
Humans and robots: Will they make each other better? - PwC Industrial Insights
Help me with my job. But don’t take it. The new cohort of collaborative robots or “co-bots” changes the relationship between man and robot; they’re smaller, safer, more easily programmable and much less expensive than their industrial robot cousins. In short, they are designed to work with, not for, people.
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november 2016 by areadevelopment
Can Robotics Spark A Renaissance In American Manufacturing? - Co.Exist
If we turn the Rust Belt into the Robotics Belt, the future of robot-human cooperation in factories can create jobs in America instead of overseas.
u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  rust-belt  this-week-365  advanced-manufacturing  automation  robotics-manufacturing  skil 
october 2016 by areadevelopment
Easing the Pain of Automation - Room for Debate -
Globalization and trade agreements have been blamed for costing millions of Americans well-paying jobs. But a far greater force in the gutting of middle-class life in the United States has been automation, which has replaced well-paid workers with robots and digital platforms. The greater efficiency fuels economic growth, produces cheaper products and makes life’s task easier. But in the process, many are left poorer and less secure.
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october 2016 by areadevelopment
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