theoretically, what percentage of our manufacturing jobs could be eliminated using robotics and technology?

i know we've lost many manufacturing jobs, but if we were able to automate them using robotics, that would eliminate shipping and labor costs and we could manufacture everything here. not sure if thats realistic but thats why im asking. -libertarian by "eliminated" i mean replace human labor with robotics. @ jeff, "they" already have. i could hire someone to create a bot to troll white liberals all day on yahoo. im already obsolete.

Asked By: - 1/8/2013
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Umm...that IS where most of the "lost" manufacturing jobs have already gone. Since the early 70s, automation has resulted in the "loss" of more than 85% of the "lost" jobs. Comparatively few have gone to other countries... More
Answered By: Edgar - 1/8/2013
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Eventually they will replace you too bro.
Answered By: Jeff - 1/8/2013
Robots need to be serviced by technicians and maintenance workers....hehehe
Answered By: Barry Chameleon - 1/8/2013
what is theoretical about this? robots do what you tell them to almost 100% of the time, are more precise, more consistent, and don't unionize against the company. employees make mistakes, need coffee breaks, and unionize if they get bored.
Answered By: Dashinghandsomeness - 1/8/2013
100% Because machines are, usually, much more effective than humans at handwork, for example, they are a lot more accurate and strong than us and can make things much faster than us.
Answered By: Felipe - 1/8/2013
90%. Need maintenance and operations... More
Answered By: Progress - 1/8/2013
A lot of people in society place their value and self esteem on having a permanent full time job so psychologically that is not a good thing for society. A large percentage could be eliminated though I doubt it will happen unless robots become very cheap to buy and maintain and service. A robot is a machine and needs... More
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Answered By: Philip - 1/8/2013
They aren't at the point where they are all that reliable, they break down, and a break down on a line is like death, nothing moves, and they are expensive and can be difficult to repair, they've tried it on auto lines, and its not been a huge success... More
Answered By: justagrandma - 1/8/2013
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