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The Social Impact of Automation



How will technology change the nature of work in the future? What are the skills that will be required for new jobs? How can we prepare people, businesses and economies to thrive? These are just a few of the broad questions the Stanford Digital Economy Lab is answering. We are currently launching a credible, best-in-class study of the impact of the automation of specific work processes within manufacturing and logistics on local labor dynamics. We are teaming up with a robotics and AI company in California, who will provide initial subjects (sites) to launch the study. There are initially three very specific areas of focus for this research effort: 1) High-mix manual packaging – kitting, pick-and-place, 2) High-mix electronics assembly – high precision insertions 3) Ecommerce fulfillment and others.

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