There was an article in the latest Discovery Magazine about robotics taking over manufacturing. There are great advances in robotics and the latest is programing robots to teach themselves and to be able to communicate. This is a breakthrough that will allow factory robots to work as a unit: detecting flaws in manufacturing and self-correcting.
At present, about ten percent of manufacturing is robotics. As robotic programing advances, more and more manufacturing jobs will be lost as factories become robotic.
It is a goal of most manufacturers to eventually move to complete robotics: manufacturing in the dark. Robots don’t take breaks, they don’t work in shifts and they don’t require medical and pension plans.
A robotics factory can run 24/7: non-stop manufacturing. The article proposed that by 2030 most factories will be ninety percent robotics.
Manufacturing centers, like the mid-west, are going to have to move on. Manufacturing may return to the U.S. but jobs are not coming back.
There was a time when blacksmiths and wheelwrights realized that their skills were no longer needed. The same now goes for laid off factory workers. Their day and their time is quickly passing.
It is difficult for a man or woman who has worked for most of their lives in steel mills or paper mills etc. to find themselves unemployed and unemployable.
Especially now, with Republicans in charge, programs to assist the unemployed retrain or just survive are on the chopping block. It is ironic that the people who supported Trump are the ones that will suffer the most by the Republican takeover.