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Where Are Robots Affecting American Industry the Most?

• motherboard.vice.com by Ankita Rao

There are two conflicting forces affecting the US workforce right now: the effort to bring back outsourced manufacturing jobs, and the push to automate industrial jobs using robots. These are, unsurprisingly, colliding in the same regions of the country.

Researchers at the Brookings Institute's Metropolitan Policy Program mapped out exactly where the estimated 233,305 industrial robots—which they define as automatically controlled, reprogrammable machines—are proliferating. To do this, they used data from a recent economics paper from MIT and Boston University on robots and jobs, which analyzed sales data from the International Federation for Robotics.

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