This week's Question: Last month, the White House announced the National Robotics Initiative, a major program to develop next-generation robots for manufacturing, healthcare, and other areas. The robotics community received the project with enthusiasm, but some observers expressed concern about an expansion in automation. Some argue that processes carried out by robotic systems, like special surgeries and auto manufacturing tasks, are of a higher quality than those performed by a human, and they are essential for keeping companies competitive, and thus able to expand and hire more workers. Others, however, say that a greater move to automation will minimize the number of blue-collar and white-collar jobs.   What do you think? Will greater robotics initiatives hurt more than help?  

 

RESULTS

YES
25.77%
NO
74.23%