Automation and China

Let's meet at the Oakland hackerspace, SudoRoom once again and discuss the question: will automation destroy China's labor arbitrage advantage?  Check out this nifty robot video by IPI.  I am always bearish on China and will happily expound on the many roadblocks to world domination that I see this great nation facing.

Feel free to bring your own ideas.  Hopefully we can talk about Lanier's Web 2.0 complaints as well, though I am happy to turn to more positive topics if anyone can think of any.  ;-)


Also, please bring a couple of bucks to donate to SudoRoom for the use of the space.  They are very accomodating and don't actually require any donation, but it's a cool thing to do.

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  • Scott J.

    We had to move to the patio cafe across the street

    March 9, 2013

  • Joseph C J.

    Found group too late to go. Next time.

    March 9, 2013

  • Joseph C J.

    Found you too late to go, so next time.

    March 9, 2013

  • David S.

    Some say that even when cheap Chinese labor can't compete with robots, the supply chain will remain due to network effects.

    But even if so, the primary economic input to a Chinese factory will then be foreign capital, so there will be much less economic benefit to the Chinese economy than there is today, with numerous laborers earning wages.

    March 9, 2013

    • Scott J.

      Chris Anderson points out the benefits of having more local manufacturing for his drone company. He can build smaller lots and innovate more rapidly. This trend may continue with 3d printing pushing manufacturing closer and closer to the consumer. This hurts international trade in manufactured goods over all I think. China included.

      March 9, 2013

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