Britain must embrace 'Industry 4.0' as robots can create thousands of jobs, says report

Purvai Dua for London Loves Business: Britain's manufacturing sector could add £455bn over the next decade and create thousands of jobs if it unlocks the fourth industrial revolution

Why STEM needs fresh ideas to bring about the fourth Industrial Revolution

Alan Tovey for The Telegraph: The 'fourth Industrial Revolution' is upon us and there is an urgent need for STEM experts and their fresh ideas, says the Telegraph's industry editor

Small Town America's Newest Product: Advanced Manufacturing

Harold L. (Hal) Sirkin for Forbes: People with skills and talent typically gravitate to "superstar cities," such as New York and Los Angeles, or to "knowledge and tech hubs" like Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., not to small towns in the South.

76 Percent of U.S. Workers Do Not Fear Automation, According to Randstad US

It is evident from our research that not only are workers not afraid of losing their jobs to automation, they are more than willing to retrain to leverage the efficiencies and benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics in the workplace

If Foxconn builds a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin, it won't be what many expect

John Schmid , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Does Wisconsin have the deep reserves of digital-age systems engineers who are coveted in the new manufacturing economy

Robots May Help Defuse Demographic Time Bomb in Japan, Germany

Anirban Nag for Bloomberg: Robots to offset negative impact of slower labor force growth. Emerging markets won't be so lucky, Moody's report says

Robotics, AI​​ and 3D printing could close UK's productivity gap

Angela Monaghan for The Guardian: Expanding hi-tech manufacturing is vital to the UK staying competitive, says Siemens UK boss Juergen Maier

Why Germany Still Has So Many Middle-Class Manufacturing Jobs

Hermann Simon for Harvard Business Review: Only about 1.1% of the world population is German. However, 48% of the mid-sized world market leaders come from Germany.

More production, more jobs? CMU pitches businesses on robotics in manufacturing

Daniel Moore, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Our mission, at a very high level, is establishing leadership in this area," said Gary Fedder, interim CEO of the ARM Institute. "We want to lower the barrier for the companies to adopt this technology" while also "empowering the American worker" to find open positions.

GE Launches Brilliant Skills Curriculum to Train Workers for Digital Industrial Future

GE announced today a proprietary skills curriculum to train global supply chain employees for new, highly valuable jobs needed in our digital industrial economy. This new initiative will focus on lean, advanced, additive and digital manufacturing. Built on GE's Brilliant Factory strategy, which uses big data, software, sensors, controllers and robotics to increase productivity, 'Brilliant Learning' is designed for GE's global supply chain employees but will also be available to all employees, in multiple languages across all levels of manufacturing roles.

GE Launches Brilliant Skills Curriculum to Train Workers for Digital Industrial Future

Proprietary curriculum 'Brilliant Learning' will seek to train more than 150,000 global supply chain employees to fill gaps in Digital Industrial Workforce

A3 to Kick Off Automate 2017 with White Paper on Jobs in the Automation Age

The white paper explores the impact of automation on the ever-evolving job market and the growing shortage of skilled employees with experience and training in advanced technologies. A3 examines the types of jobs that are going unfilled and reviews workforce development initiatives, including education, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training that will fill labor shortages and support ongoing economic growth and productivity.

Staying Rich Without Manufacturing Will Be Hard

Noah Smith for Bloomberg View: Discussions about manufacturing tend to get very contentious. Many economists and commentators believe that there's nothing inherently special about making things and that efforts to restore U.S. manufacturing to its former glory reek of industrial policy, protectionism, mercantilism and antiquated thinking.

Mnuchin on robots taking US jobs: 'It's not even on our radar screen ... 50-100 more years' away

David Reid for CNBC: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he was not worried about the mass displacement of U.S. workers by robots and could be a century before a labor crisis eventuates. "It's not even on our radar screen ... 50-100 more years," Mnuchin said.

Japan worker shortage has only one winner so far: robots

Leo Lewis for Financial Times:  Earlier this week, Japanese TV audiences glimpsed a potentially revolutionary contraption from the Matsue College of Technology that rapidly separates closed shijimi clamshells into those with a live mollusc inside and those without. Cut to footage of a human sorter, expertly performing the same function at a rate of just 90 kgs of shijimi per day and whose job this machine seems destined to replace. In other parts of the world, the juxtaposition could seem cruel or politically charged; in Japan, it is almost celebratory.  The great conundrum for investors — and increasing preoccupation of sellside analysts attempting to talk clients out of underweight Japan positions — is whether the equity market provides a neat play on Japan’s deepening worker shortage and the promised surge in wages that has to date been all gong and no dinner.   Cont'd...

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