Robots are Taking Green Jobs away from Humans
Although the Obama administration is promising green jobs for workers, it appears some of those workers are not going to be humans, but robots. New designs in robotic engineering are being encouraged by alliances between industry leaders like Dow Corning Corp. and Reis Robotics, and the result could create stiff competition for assembly jobs between man and machine.
The trend is not limited to corporate entities, however. Federally funded test projects like Tulane University's kinetic hydropower facilities are also employing robots to operate on-site. Robots are performing duties that will undoubtedly lower production cost, but may eliminate jobs that could have gone to human workers.
Dow Corning is employing robots to produce low-cost silicon-based solar cells in an effort to make their products competitive by automating the assembly and production process. Such tactics are considered judicious to keep the investment in alternative energy profitable, to encourage future development and to create new green jobs.
The General Manager of Reis Robotics, Dr. Michael Wenzel, explained "We are confident that our proven robotics solutions will help the solar industry reach grid parity, lower production costs and achieve economy of scale."