Week 3

As factories introduce robotic technology to supplement human labor, how will technological and environmental systems be implicated?

Name: Gabriela d’Amato

Headline: “Skilled Work, Without the Worker”

Date: Published: August 18, 2012

Source: By JOHN MARKOFF of the New York Times.

Abstract: This Global issue connects largely with the idea what we must “design for resilience”. Factories worldwide have begun supplementing ‘skilled work without the worker’ by the introduction of robotic technology to assemble consumer items. These high powered robots behave effortlessly, with the ability to execute physical tasks too difficult for the human eye to see. These robots are able to assemble products at record rates, all without a coffee break, and issues regarding loss, injury and emotion are erased. Besides the loss of ‘real jobs’ for humans, can this be seen as a potential harm for our environment as-well? What lines are bound to be crossed when machines are indifferent to their physical surroundings?

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/19/business/new-wave-of-adept-robots-is-changing-global-industry.html?ref=technology

Global Issue:  The future of factory systems, as human labor becomes obsolete.

Primary Design Lens: Design and Technology

Secondary Design Lens: Sustainable Systems and Design

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