ATo some extent, there has always been an ongoing sense of global crisis, which existed long before the emergence of COVID-19. The growing inequality within and between countries is related to the new power competition on the international stage and the increasing competition for basic natural resources. Since the end of the Cold War, differences in natural resources, financial resources, and living standards among countries have further intensified regional and global competition.
At that time, financial capitalism had actually become the de facto "operating system" in the world. However, with the emergence of record-setting stimulus measures and new commitments to growth following the fight against COVID-19, the law of financial austerity seems to have become useless, while resource scarcity and inflation have suddenly increased supply chain costs. Faster than ever.
How will we support the possibility of becoming poorer, or even richer? A larger and older global population? How to treat its own diseases on the earth with only 40 years of oil and 200 years of mineral resources left. How will we provide clothing, food, and shelter to billions of people on a planet with even less copper, zinc, and precious metals? What about the remaining fabulous 60 gains?
In the end, the answers to these questions are "innovation" and "productivity improvement", but their scale is less than previous achievements. For the environment, new regeneration methods that recycle and reduce the contained energy can save our remaining resources. In order to make full use of them, advanced technology and materials, synthetic processes and precision manufacturing will be the only means needed to improve efficiency to provide a high standard of life on a global scale.
Capital goods are actually artificially created assets that can enhance people’s ability to perform economically useful jobs. In the final analysis, without capital goods as an intermediary, there would be no economically useful work, consumption or production. Whether it’s forks, knives, spoons, hammers, or semiconductor lithography systems, smart tools and sensing machines always replace manual labor with less and more and more commodities (whether labor, materials, or energy costs). ) Required.
Therefore, automated robotic technology has brought huge benefits to most humans. It has been observed that for automobile assembly, packaging and palletizing, mechanical processing and value-added processes, automated sensing robots can increase relative productivity by multiple orders of magnitude and reduce resource and energy consumption. They can also provide predictable assembly of high-precision and renewable materials, energy systems, transportation equipment, etc., with little supervision of personnel.
The real benefit is that perception machines (especially articulated arms and the widespread use of safety perception systems) can replace human resources in existing workflows where labor is either scarce or too costly. At the same time, this labor substitution brings the apparent productivity and sustainability advantages that robots already provide.
Automated robots are essentially the most effective capital goods we have found so far. Although additive manufacturing and more material-centric methods are expected to have an angel Star Trek "replicator" become a reality, they still do not follow the principles and economies of scale must Distribute on a broad and sustainable basis.
In fact, robots have been applied to various channels and application scenarios. They are being used in agriculture. They may be used in mining, energy extraction, and all areas where sustainable development is most needed. But what kind of robot will truly "create" our future, rather than just adapt to it? When the robot has the ability of mechanical automation and creative thinking, that is the time when human beings are completely lazy and the death of labor. This is just a result of data derivation. It is the law of the development of everything in the universe.