As robots make factories more efficient and more efficient workers more productive, a new era of manufacturing and robotics is dawning.
But where will that lead us?
We’re at the dawn of the “new era,” according to Andrew Ross, vice president of technology for the United Steelworkers Union (USW).
“We’re seeing a new kind of economy, and we’re going to see a whole new kind to manufacturing,” he told Fox News.
“And it’s really exciting.”
The Industrial RevolutionThat is, until robots come in, Ross said.
He described a new, “automated manufacturing” as a new industry, where robots will make everything from food to clothes, that is, in a factory.
It will also be more productive than the factory, he said, as robots will have to make the decisions.
Ross said robots are coming and will be a force to be reckoned with.
“It’s like a new age for manufacturing,” Ross said, but “the new age is going to be different.”
The new era will begin with the automation of jobs that have traditionally been done by humans, and will result in “higher wages and more benefits, and the end of jobs being defined by their physical attributes.”
“We need to think of the future,” Ross added.
“The future is a whole other way of looking at manufacturing.”
It will be the new era for workersIn fact, Ross says, manufacturing will begin to be automated.
“We are going to start to see the beginning of the end to manufacturing jobs,” he said.
“As automation becomes more common, and as we move into an increasingly connected world, we’ll see the end be in people, not machines.”
This could be as simple as robots coming to make food, Ross added, or as complex as the end for jobs like carpenter, electrician and machinist.
In his interview with Fox News, Ross also pointed out that automation will have a big impact on the workforce, as it will be much cheaper and easier to automate than to hire people.
“People will be getting jobs that are essentially the same,” Ross explained.
“That’s a big deal.”
While Ross was cautious about the implications of automation, he did suggest that automation could also have a major impact on people’s wages.
“Automation will create a lot of new work for low-income workers,” he predicted.
“But the wages will go down.”
Ross says that with the right technology, and with workers trained in the new manufacturing methods, the benefits will be huge.
“With the right training, people will be able to take advantage of new skills that are available,” he added.
“And that’s going to mean a big change in the wages of people working in manufacturing.”
Ross said that if the technology and training programs are successful, it will lead to a new “world of the worker” where robots do all the work for them.
But it’s not just robots.
Ross also suggested that there will be new forms of robots that are coming to replace people.
The robotics of the 21st century, Ross explained, will be coming to the automotive industry, but it will also come to the construction industry, the construction trades, the mining industry, and so on.
As the technology advances, we will see these new robots that do a lot more,” Ross continued.”
They will be really, really good at doing repetitive tasks.
“In other words, Ross predicted, they will be better at making a job easier.
The new robotics will be good for the environmentThe new robots will create jobs, but they will also make the environment better, Ross argued.”
The new generation of robotics will make things easier,” he explained.
And he added that the environment will become more important.
As Ross pointed out, we already see how this is happening, as he pointed to an explosion of robots in construction.”
Construction jobs have been doing jobs that were once done by people for decades,” Ross concluded.”
You know, they’re not even human anymore.
They’re robots, and they do all sorts of things that were previously done by human workers.
“Ross also said the robotics will have an impact on how we work.”
It is a very different process from what we’ve been doing in manufacturing, and it’s the same process that is going on in the manufacturing world,” Ross asserted.”
Automation is going the opposite direction.”
“It is a very different process from what we’ve been doing in manufacturing, and it’s the same process that is going on in the manufacturing world,” Ross asserted.