Voices: Mike Bacidore

Are robots denser in China?

As manufacturers ‘engineer out’ human jobs with robots, how do we measure the impact on global economies?

By Mike Bacidore, editor in chief
Jul 19, 2016

Amidst the 2008 global recession, many companies were able to remain in business by cutting jobs and then later automating many of those functions with technology. Although readily available automation and machine intelligence saw quite a few manufacturers through the challenging path of survival and then on the road to recovery, it wasn’t until recently that robots stepped to the fore. Suddenly, they are no longer a feasible plan for remaining in business, but a preferred strategy for engineering out the expensive human workforce.

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