Biotech and robots

I can't tell you how many people have said to me, "The economy will create plenty of new high-paying jobs. Just look at Biotech -- there's millions of new jobs that will be created in just that one industry!"

For some reason, people assume that Biotech jobs will not be automated with robots, and that all the jobs to be created in Biotech will stay within the boundaries of the United States.

These two articles are therefore interesting:

Testing the offshore waters / Biotech firms experiment with moving work overseas

From the article: "The nonprofit scientific research contractor SRI International [has] become an outspoken advocate of offshoring work to tech centers like Shanghai, where labor costs are a fraction of Bay Area rates."

Are biotech jobs next to go? Stronghold of Bay Area economy not immune to trend

From the article:The fact is that all the mundane lab work can be done by robots. Many, if not most, of the non-automated jobs can be done for a tenth the cost by off-shoring them. And there it is. See Robotic Nation for details.

Comments: Post a Comment

<< Home
Archives © Copyright 2005 by Marshall Brain
Atom RSS

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?