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A new workforce on the rise

Robots Invade China

By IGI Global on Oct 14, 2013
Contributed by Kaitlyn Retherford, Discipline Manager

Robotics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications The future workforce in China is expected to see quite a change in the upcoming years, transitioning from traditional human employees to technologically powered robots. As reported by a recent article written by Paul Mozur and Eva Dou titled “Robots May Revolutionize China’s Electronics Manufacturing” which was published in the Wall Street Journal, robotics creators are aiming to not only fill the increasing void for manual labor, but to make them cheap enough to undercut the salary of the current workers. Delta, a robotics firm located in Taiwan, is working on a project that they hope to be able to sell by 2016, for as low as $10,000. Not only is this price much lower than current robots, it is also “cheaper than the salary of a Chinese worker, and the robot can work around the clock,” reported Mozur and Dou, making the implementation of a robotic workforce even more appealing to factory owners.

With the rise of robotics on the horizon, engineers, programmers, and specialists in the field will need to be well versed on the workings and developments of robotics technology. One of IGI Global’s latest publications, Robotics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications, explores some of the most recent developments in robotic motion, artificial intelligence, and human-machine interaction. The chapters in this extensive multi-volume reference source provide insight into a wide variety of applications and functional areas: from robots used in educational and medical settings to autonomous military and exploratory machines.

There is no denying that the way of the world is changing, and robotic technology is no longer in the distant future. Whether in the constantly evolving work force, educational settings, or everyday life, robots have made a name for themselves, and they are surely here to stay. Valuable information and insight is presented within the pages of Robotics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications, and the text is applicable to a multitude of fields and professions looking to increase their understanding of the prominent technological advances in the world of robotics.
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