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Can Google’s robots build a new future for US manufacturing?

12
Feb
2014

During a dinner with Silicon Valley executives in 2011, President Barack Obama famously asked Apple CEO Steve Jobs what he needed to do to bring iPhone manufacturing back to the US. US manufacturing was in the middle of a decades-long decline, and American companies seemed unable to compete with the low labor and production costs in China. But that may be changing, some say, thanks to an unlikely catalyst: robots. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google and Foxconn have been working together to develop new robotic manufacturing technologies.

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