“Apple switching some of its products to being manufactured in the USA is not just a publicity stunt,” Patrick Frye writes for The Inquisitr. “While, in the short term, the effects of globalization have allowed for greater profits by outsourcing over time the economic playing field will begin to flatten, the lower cost of localization plays a factor in Apple’s decision to move some manufacturing back to America, but, in the long term, robots will play a bigger role.”

“As cheap as a Chinese assembly worker may be, specialized manufacturing robots promise to be even cheaper,” Frye writes. “The most valuable part of a computer, smartphone, or tablet is the motherboard loaded with microprocessors and memory, and these parts are already largely made with robots.”

Frye writes, “The movie iRobot [sic] featured an economy rocked by the effects of robotization. Though only a fictional movie, the next industrial revolution will likely feature very high company efficiency along with low employment. Fortunately, this only applies to jobs involving automation. Most jobs will still require a human touch, but it’s possible this could change over time as AI research progresses.””

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MacDailyNews Take: I, Robot ’twas a book before it was a movie and a much better endeavor, at that.

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