Toyota’s Replacing Robots With Humans…So They Can Make Even Better…

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Toyota’s Replacing Robots Humans…So They Can Make Better Robots

Japan and car are pretty much synonymous robots. Some of the most and practical bots hail the former and work in the latter.

It therefore, surprise you to learn carmaker, Toyota, is flipping the by replacing robots with to boost efficiency.

But it’s not you think. Not exactly, at least.

is involving humans in already processes not because they’re than machines at the manual but because they need to firsthand what the machines are so they can figure out ways to improve them.

It’s all of a larger strategy by the firm’s Akio Toyoda, to ease off the pedal, take a good look inward, refocus on and cut costs.

Instead of running automated processes, some Toyota have been making from scratch—forging and hammering for example. Toyota claims from these craft-focused over the last three have shortened the production 96% and reduced materials waste

“We cannot simply depend on the that only repeat the task over and over Toyota’s Mitsuru Kawai Bloomberg . “To be the master of the machine, you to have the knowledge and the skills to the machine.”

At Toyota, craftsmen such knowledge were called ‘gods’ for their to make just about from scratch. But the firm aiming to increase divine and decrease robotic labor in the run—quite the opposite.

A new generation of will design a new generation of

In recent years, a growing lauds the latest iteration of and robots but warns of growing unemployment due to technology—that is, joblessness is not cyclical, but is long-term, endemic, and to reverse.

Toyota’s strategy shows are still much needed in processes. Machines don’t get without human ingenuity, but that requirement may not last intelligence is pushing into once reserved for humans

Take for example Narrative news writing algorithms. still used for straightforward, articles, but the result is nearly from what a human might produce. Or consider M. Parker’s automated system can write books in 20 minutes of thousands of which are on Amazon).

As becomes more intelligent, we may machine evolution itself.

of human engineers and skilled the machines may analyze their own and make suggestions to improve in the future, build new generations of themselves in a kind of self-contained reproductive cycle.

As we forecast where artificial is going, if not exactly when, believe there is but one conclusion: won’t need humans to do at all anymore .

It’s a very old and so far, one that hasn’t the least bit true in practice.

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In developed countries, nearly used to farm the land, now nobody does. In the place of we went to work in factories. in the place of factories, we’re writing software, playing designing web sites—a plethora of new jobs to ourselves occupied and pay the bills.

jobs of varying skill may rise up in the arts and entertainment. And we may the one resource a machine can’t connection. People pay top dollar to be in contact each other, to network at for example. Meanwhile, psychologists, trainers, and life coaches are on the up and up.

Though the transition from one way of to another is always bumpy, even that is getting That is, current generations are flexible and their identity is tied to any specific job or locality. days, we try on multiple hats our careers as opposed to working for one doing one job for 40+ years.

And if, one day, really is done by artificial and robots, is that such a bad are those who worry inequality soar and the robot makers become an ultra-rich ruling But they won’t get there there’s someone to buy their And no one will buy robots or AI if no one can afford or AI.

Another scenario is the technology these incredibly rich create will increasingly more people with needs (and beyond) on the Less and less income buy more and more.

Such a trend has long evident and is redefining poverty in places. A  New York Times  asks. “Is a family with a car in the a flat-screen television and a computer an Internet connection poor?” an implied if not explicitly stated car has a driveway and likely a house or attached.)

The article’s central shows just how far prices fallen in consumer electronics, and computing. It also shows for health care and higher have risen—but they’re the next sectors of the economy to be by information technology and automation.

And won’t stop creating things just because can too. Even now, people (and sell) plenty of (including custom cars) are more easily, efficiently by machines. There is something very about making unique with our own hands (or getting made by someone else’s

If history is a guide, in the future, find plenty of activities to life meaningful, even as the and requirements of simply getting by to loosen their grip.

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