During the severe economic recession, it’s not just people having a tough time finding work. Hiroko Tabuchi of The New York Times reports that hi-tech robots are losing their jobs in Japan:
KITAKYUSHU, Japan — They may be the most efficient workers in the world. But in the global downturn, they are having a tough time finding jobs.
Japan’s legions of robots, the world’s largest fleet of mechanized workers, are being idled as the country suffers its deepest recession in more than a generation as consumers worldwide cut spending on cars and gadgets.
Does the automation of manufacturing tasks create enough new jobs for skilled electrical engineers, robotics engineers and computer programmers? Or are hi-tech machines replacing too much human-power?