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Do machines dream?

What will happen to people, jobs and the economy as automation emerges from the shadows?

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Technology will leave you behind if you try to stop it. Will automation and robots replace personnel? What is the reality of automation's effect on jobs in the manufacturing industry, and how is machine control affecting it? A machine builder’s or system integrator’s or automation supplier’s opinion might vary from that of the masses.Taxation, regulation and redistribution of profits from productivity gains are a few of the ideas designed to slow or discourage automation. But what is the net effect of increased automation on the economy and the people (Figure 1)?The effects of automation"Automation certainly reduced direct manufacturing jobs in the United States…

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