According to statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the manufacturing industry lost 2.3 million jobs in the most recent recession. Since then, factories have only regained 526,000 jobs, a sad sign of Jobs' visionary nature. A promotional video on the Mac Pro's assembly clearly shows what led Apple to produce the new computers in the U.S.: robots, not people. An ambidextrous Fanuc M-710iC swings the Mac Pro's machined aluminum casing from station to station. The metal is polished by Guyson Corporation's blast-finishing robots. And components are placed on the circuit boards by Jot Automation machines…. According to a Sept. 2013 Oxford University study, computerization puts 47 percent of total U.S. employment at risk of termination. Meanwhile, small businesses will scramble to keep up. But instead of joining the robot workforce, entrepreneurs can firewall their operations by cyborg-proofing their companies. According to the Oxford study, “occupations that involve complex perception and manipulation tasks, creative intelligence tasks, and social intelligence tasks are unlikely to be substituted by computer capital over the next decade or two.” So the key to defeating robots — in the movies and in real life — is doing what they can't. To survive the robot invasion, small businesses need to maximize consumer reliance on these innate human abilities, as well as highlight them within their company's products and services. According to the Oxford research, companies that ply in fine arts, originality, negotiation, persuasion, social perceptiveness and assisting or caring for others are in the least danger of being overtaken by Schwarzenegger-like T-800 cybernetic organisms…In fact, in its quest to make the perfect cup of coffee, Briggo is developing an automated coffee shop — a concept so efficient, you'd think Starbucks would have already invented it. No way says Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz: “I cannot envision a time at Starbucks where we would have machines of any kind that would replace the people who are engaging with our customers.
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