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New technologies progress in robotization

September 1, 2016
François Dupuis, Vice-President and Chief Economist • Joëlle Noreau, Senior Economist

Major analysis firms and some academics have, in recent years, published studies promising a true revolution. There has been so much technological progress that robots are in the process of turning manufacturing production and service delivery inside out. The impression given by these studies, and their echoes in the media, is that humans only have to hang in there because, sooner or later, their tasks will be automated. Clearly, the nature of the tasks will change, but does this mean that a leisure society is at hand? The studies do not agree on the scope of the expected changes. They do, however, converge on certain points: the changes will be rapid and broad, in both manufacturing and services

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