Factories play a central role in President Trump’s parade of American horrors. In his telling, globalization has left our factories “shuttered,” “rusted-out” and “scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation.”
Here’s what you might call an alternative fact: American factories still make a lot of stuff. In 2016, the United States hit a manufacturing record, producing more goods than ever. But you don’t hear much gloating about this because manufacturers made all this stuff without a lot of people. Thanks to automation, we now make 85 percent more goods than we did in 1987, but with only two-thirds the number of workers.
This suggests that while Mr. Trump can browbeat manufacturers into staying in America, he can’t force them to hire many people. Instead, companies will most likely invest in lots and lots of robots.
And there’s another wrinkle to this story: The robots won’t be made in America. They might be made in China.
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This is exactly the problem we now face, all of we humans.
And there's another side to this story - as corporations replace human workers with robots, the humans may rebel. That gives corporate CEOs motivation to create armies of KILLER robots to protect their wealth and power, and perhaps even their very lives.
Something like Skynet is inevitable, just like they said in the movies.
By the way, if as the above report claims we "hit a manufacturing record" why is our standard of living deceasing? Contrary to their subtle mocking of the Trump narrative, the US in fact HAS been de-industrialized. Instead of belittling and attacking Trump, the MSM ought to be investigating and truthfully reporting WHY we are becoming poor and WHAT we should do about it.