The Obama administration has long been promising new green jobs for more workers, but it also appears that some of these workers are not actually going to be humans, but instead they are going to be robots. There are some new designs in robotic engineering that are being encouraged in alliances that exist between leaders in the industry such as Reis Robotics and Dow Corning Corporation, and the result of these new design and these alliances could create a stiff amount of competition between machine and man when it comes to assembly jobs.
Are Robots Taking Jobs Away from Humans?
This trend is not going to be limited to just corporate entities. There are a number of test projects that are employing robots for on-site operations based on Federal funding, such as the kinetic hydro-power facilities at Tulane University. Robots are beginning to perform a wide variety of duties which are going to cut down on production costs, but they may also unfortunately limit or eliminate some jobs that could potentially have gone to workers of the human persuasion.
Dow Corning is beginning to employ robots in order to produce solar cells that are silicon based and lower cost as an effort to make all of their products more competitive. Their goal is to greatly automate the assembly process and the production process for their products. These tactics are considered to be judicious in order to keep their investment in the alternative energy industry a profitable one, in order to create new jobs and to encourage the future of development.
The general management behind Reis Robotics, who is Doctor Michael Wenzel, has explained that the company is confident that proven robotics solutions are going to help the solar industry to reach a point of grid parity along with achieving lower production costs and an economy of scale.