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Robots beginning to take over work force, as human employees struggle

The US work force is changing, and robots are beginning to take over some industry jobs that humans long fought for
By: Michael Hatamoto | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Dec 16, 2014 12:50 am

American workers will need to diversify and learn new skillsets, as a growing number of robots are beginning to take hold in the workforce. Recent technological developments have allowed newer generations of humanoid robots, such as models being used in manufacturing, logistics, clerical work, and other key industries.




Economists and researchers have shown concern that robots in the workforce could cannibalize human jobs, despite creating a number of new positions. However, there is great potential for humans to work alongside robots to help complement skillsets and help human workers boost productivity, while robots ease the workload.


"This isn't some hypothetical future possibility," said Lawrence H. Summers, former US Treasury secretary, when speaking about robot workers being developed. "This isn't some hypothetical future possibility. This is something that's emerging before us right now."


Researchers will continue to develop new robotic hardware, while programmers create facial recognition software - and similar features - that can make robots even more intuitive.


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