MW: Canon camera production to go 'all robot': report

Started May 14, 2012 | Discussions thread
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In reply to David Franklin, May 14, 2012

David Franklin wrote:

This will probably be good for QC, but will likely not become a reality for the highest end DSLR's they make for a while, as it probably wouldn't be cheaper to design a final assembly line for the relatively small runs involved, than to employ people to do final assembly of many pre-assembled modules.

On the other hand, this will throw tens of thousands of otherwise poor or lower middle class (by the standards of the countires they live in) people out of work, creating terrible economic problems for many of them.

Perhaps they can find other jobs, perhaps not, but some of these people (especially at FoxConn in China) may be the only breadwinners in an otherwise impoverished family. Low wages are way, way better than no wages.

When the textile machines were invented in England to start the 1st industrial revolution, the issue of mechanization/automation vs manufacture started. It will never end, but countries that go the mechanization/automation way tend to provide a better life to their citizens in the long run, at least that's history's lesson so far.
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