Charles Thorpe, the White House’s man on robotics and a speaker at the 2012 Robotics Industry Forum, and Andrew Borene recently gave an interview on the future of robotics and the White House’s actions to continue robotics industry development.
Robotics and more U.S. jobs
by Neal St. Anthony
Q How does this tie into job creation?
A Advanced manufacturing [companies] are making our highways safer, our brave soldiers safer [with ground robots and aerial drones] our manufacturing more competitive and our workers more productive. These are growth companies. We in the United States have a wonderful record of inventing things, but not as good a record of keeping manufacturing and jobs in the U.S. We can compete with [Chinese and other low-cost factories] with smart tools, better-educated and more-productive workers.
These are not our fathers’ manufacturing jobs that just require strong backs and effort and a good work ethic. We need to make sure today’s workforce learns the math and science and gets the training to be CNC machine operators. [Baby boomers] all had shop class. We learned to work on stuff. Today’s kids don’t get that opportunity. The cars work better. And kids don’t tinker as much. We need to re-energize invention and tinkering and the skills to play with things and invent and build prototypes.
Read more of the interview here at the Star Tribune. Do you think the White House is looking down the right roads of advanced manufacturing?