Fairly in-depth look at Rod Brooks, the man behind Roomba and Rethink Robotics. There’s some good details here on…

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Fairly in-depth look at Rod Brooks, the man behind Roomba and Rethink Robotics. There’s some good details here on the modern history of robotics, but it’s this part about employment that caught my attention: 

“Brooks then counters the critics with a dire warning of his own: An oncoming “ demographic inversion” will leave us with fewer people to do all kinds of jobs. In the presentations he makes around the world “evangelizing” about the future of robotics, Brooks shows slides based on a 2010 United Nations study: In 2050, the percentage of working-age people in the U.S. will fall from 80 percent today to 69 percent. In China, where Ford thinks perhaps millions of jobs could be threatened by Baxterlike bots, it’s more dramatic. Eighty-seven percent of that country’s population is now of working age; in 2050, it’s projected to be just 67 percent. Europe’s working-age population is projected to decline from 77 percent to 64 percent.”

“That’s why Brooks isn’t worried about robots taking away jobs in the U.S. or abroad, but is instead worried we won’t have enough robots to pick up the slack.”

#workforce   #automation   #technologicalunemployment  

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/article/2014/10/28/rodney-brooks-robotics?imm_mid=0c6553&cmp=em-na-na-na-newsltr_iot_20141105
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