The Automate 2013 trade show kicked off last week in Chicago, and some have used the occasion to debate the benefits of automation, as robotic technology is increasingly being used in new industries like food processing and consumer electronics. Many express concern that a growing reliance on robotics will have worrying implications for workers, while others have said that factory automation will, in fact, strengthen the workforce. The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) said that factory automation will create up to 3.5 million jobs around the world by 2020, adding that automation is a way for the US to compete with industries around the globe.

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