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NGEN Chief Creative Officer Bruce Wallace says in this piece from Next Generation Manufacturing Canada that even though there are already more than 2M robots “working” around the world –with high adoption rates in electronics, automotive, metal and machinery, plastics, and food & beverage – the need for skilled workers to oversee and manage automation is also becoming more prevalent.

That’s why he argues that the rise of robot workers should be a wake up call to Canadian manufacturers: that “more automation is going to require nurturing a human workforce with the skills and education to exploit all those machines doing the mundane tasks we’ve left behind,” and that as a society we must focus on developing the skills required to run a digital economy.

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