Robots helping to fill skills gap in the US – an annotated graphic

Another reason for less-gifted Americans to get all Luddite about technology, with the news that a record number of industrial robots were installed in USA factories in 2012. This came at a time when well over half a million manufacturing jobs went unfilled because of a dearth of suitably skilled workers.

E&T loves a good robot story, such as the roaming videoconferencing robot, similar to a concept pioneered by Sheldon in the Big Bang Theory; how robots are getting cuter; the fact that humans (with the possible exception of unskilled Americans) feel empathy for robots, particularly cute ones, and how robots like to rock out just as much as humans.

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Robots fill skill gaps
Robots fill skill gaps

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