The Robot Revolution: Automation Comes into Fashion | Moving Upstream

The Robot Revolution: Automation Comes into Fashion | Moving Upstream


The automation Revolution is beginning to come into fashion The clothing industry is among the latest economic sectors to be making the leap Which is ironic because it was among the first to be mechanized today they still require Skilled human hands to guide and handle the materials In this episode of moving upstream our third on the robotics revolution Looking at what these new cutting-edge technologies can do and the impact they’re beginning to have on the developing world Across the globe 60 million people toil each day in the garment industry It offers the poor poor women in particular job opportunities they might not have otherwise The journal visited garment factories in Bangladesh They employ more than three and a half million people most working for a little more than the country’s minimum wage around sixty four US dollars a month and sometimes toiling under conditions that endanger their lives There has been another horrific incident at a garment factory in Bangladesh at least a hundred and twelve people died hundreds of injured were rushed from the scene Now a new threat is emerging to workers livelihoods Machines that automate parts of the clothes making process This german-made robot for example is knitting sweaters for brands like H&M and Zara in January WS J’s John amant visited garment factories in Bangladesh I would visit factories in Dhaka where workers would work manually to make sweaters while automated machines would also work to do the exact same thing and It was quite clear that the workers were going to be replaced by these machines, and I would ask the workers Are you afraid that your jobs would be taken away by the automated machines, and they would say yes? We’re scared until recently machines lacked the versatility the dexterity to handle soft materials, and that comes naturally to humans, but thanks to machine learning and other forms of AI What you’re seeing here? May be just the tip of the needle New types of machines capable of ever more complex tasks are on the way Machines like these threatened to make the situation worse for a country in dire need of more jobs Bangladesh according to the World Bank needs to add 2 million jobs a year to keep pace with its expanding labor force, but the number of new jobs added by the garment rate has fallen to 60,000 a year When you zoom out a bit you see a region bursting at the seams with people needing work Close to a million individuals are projected to enter the workforce here every month for the next two decades by one estimate if automation Reaches its potential some countries could lose more than 80 percent of their garment textile and apparel Manufacturing jobs, how worried are you for countries like Bangladesh? I’m very worried It’s given that their economy is dominated 85 percent by the garment industry Carrie Northland a professor at Brown University teaches about the impact of Globalization on women because women have these jobs and often are the sole breadwinners for their families the sole breadwinners, that’s right They’ve been able to lift their families out of the depths of poverty those low-skilled jobs may become extinct very soon Erik Brynjolfsson who studies the economic impact of what he calls the second Machine Age Thinks the only solution for these countries is Education they’re gonna have to leapfrog and get up to the level that Europe the United States Japan and other advanced countries have and that’s not an easy task Technology can help there, too We have online programs at MIT MIT before anything literally that’s right a lot of these women have very basic Basic reading basic math skills, so where will these women go will they have opportunities for retraining. This is the open question? Fortunately for them societies that employ massive armies of sewers still have some time Autonomous sewing machines aren’t nearly as far along as say autonomous vehicles On a recent trip to Japan we visited a company that’s been taking intermediary steps in the autonomous direction That’s where we visited you hub a company that’s been working for decades on the challenge of replacing sewing machines with machines that do the show This is akikusa Takagi the 77 year old founder and chairman of juha machine all wound up with on a night So I thought what a nice so you know whatever. I next ride is so focus or you like yoga overnight? euros machines automate some of the more time-consuming steps You know they compute You all suggested that we visit a place where we could see some of its machines in actual practice They sent us to a prison What kind of uniforms are they making here k mikanos a school jose sales at Nagasaki prison in Japan euros machines help the inmates whose faces the prison authorities required us to blur meet their daily quotas and How much training do you need to be able to use one of these? They use this one for example to add pockets to uniforms a job that would otherwise take Three people and a lot more time to complete the inmates must produce at least 50 pairs of pants and coats or day you hose owner tells us his machines are used in China Where labor costs are rising to help make clothes for Uniqlo, but the developing world hasn’t been all that interested He says because the price tag for them is so high Cost is one reason why automation in the garment industry may take root first in the West One US company called software is aiming to do something uooo has not Removing almost entirely human involvement in the process of making to start with t-shirts The company provided this footage of its prototype sohbats software touts that it’s so bots and will bring garment production back to America by the end of 2018 it plans to open a factory in Arkansas capable of cranking out over a million t-shirts a year at Prices the company says are on par with the lowest wage countries So the day when sohbats from start to finish can produce articles of clothing appears to be not so far upstream What do you think will these technologies have a dramatic impact on the US and on the developing world we’d love to hear your comments

100 thoughts on “The Robot Revolution: Automation Comes into Fashion | Moving Upstream

  1. This stuff about robots really reminds me of the Terminator. There's someone in a lab right now making a robot that will destroy lives. Even if robots don't destroy jobs, the people in power will try to bluff workers with threats of being replaced by robots, like McDonald's makes threats about replacing workers with kiosks

  2. Ha reading the comments its great to hear from humans who whilst they have a job and can carry out their tidy little lives have no concern for those whos jobs will be replaced and will have no money to survive in the future …funnily these same people cant see that even they will suffer the results of the robot world and i would love to see their faces then as they wont be able to cope when their world crashes around them WAKE up you lemmings its coming fast and your not immune

  3. why does he look like he has a smirk on his face, not a good quality for someone in his line of work, Id work on that

  4. Looks like that will work for fast fashion. But I think we are a long way off when it comes to more complicated garments. There are some stitches I can't imagine a machine being able to do well any time soon.

  5. Automation and the rise of AI is inevitable and people and only slow down the process but not stop it's development.

  6. The average IQ in Bangladesh is 82, I'm afraid these people won't be able to learn more sophisticated jobs. They need a basic income or they'll starve sooner or later.

  7. This future mechanized robotic world will reduce global human population demand with dire consequences for women and children especially and for men, as well.

  8. India has been overpopulated and people truly are in dire situations needing for a job.
    India is the first country (probably the one of the many top) facing this.
    I wonder how they are going to solve this problem.

  9. Now can sewbot become cheaper than over sea workers as mass production of these robots come to take over all garment manufactory

  10. I am from India. Sorry to say, India – Bangladesh – Pakistan do not need job first, they need birth control first.

  11. Population should be controlled in developing countries….. Machines will improve in future… We do not need so many humans…

  12. There MUST be a way to tax this production Vax or something or else the state tax base will evaporate and all infrastructure and civil services with it.

  13. Good then will no exist child labor and bad condition…what they going to do??? Some of them going to sell them body or what?

  14. Human life is not to be wasted in work. Robots are welcome. All we need is food shelter and clothing. Thanks to automations it will be available for many at cheap rates.

  15. Just control population, and give everyone education and we all be happy. But hey, if this happen- corruption will ends too, and that will end illiterate politicians, land owners, dodgy business owners, freaky greedy banks, only money making educational institutions; almost an easy life world can be there; questions are: Can we control population and make education available for all?

  16. Hardness of machines will be increased in geometric progression. No one can be programmed these machines without problems. And no real AI will be invented.

  17. "Job opportunities they might not have otherwise." Globalisation has always relied on exploiting those living in the worst poverty for greater profits. Now automation will make it cheaper to make your product close to the market. It is unstoppable & ultimately a good thing, but the most vulnerable will suffer the most during the transition.

  18. WSJ, your robots didn't do subtitles translation well. There are wrong words and typos everywhere. It's annoying, 😅

  19. It will never work because if robots take over the job then know one will make money to but the product they produce and the business will ultimately lose and go bankrupt.

  20. not true china is exporting factories around the world more jobs in low income economies means more imports also and more comsuption of other goods… 20 years ago bangladesh didnt import too many cars and now is importing cars and other stuff creating other jobs in other countries, machines cant replace all the tasks and humans are still more fast and cheap for producing clothes

  21. @7:00 @7:26 fully automated garment-making in Arkansas, with AI. The cost of manufacturing these garments will be on-par with labor-made garments. At these rates, automation will jeopardize the industrialization process of many poor developing countries like Bangladesh. According to World Bank, Bangladesh needs 2 million new jobs each year for the growing population. But the country can only fulfill 60 thousands a year.

  22. Yes, Robots are here. The next 20years will see more and more Robotics taking away human work tasks. But the real problem is the human race, not the Robots. People may think that to have an overpopulated earth is a problem. The human race will sort out the population problem as with have done for thousands of years. Sad really.

  23. I think WSJ is renowned newspaper .But the news is incomplete .They don't collect any data for people , education and health sectors. Only make an essay like IELTS task 1 .I think this news media have work on this area when you report on work force and reboot.

  24. I don't think anybody should be scared its just simply the evolution of mankind … At this moment everyone is scared of the evolution but later in life people will accept it and live with it like it has always happened . Life doesn't stop but goes on its only a matter of weather or not to accept the evolution .

  25. Automation profits rich corporations but at the end its human being who spend money to buy their product its just disurption of cycle no jobs = no money to buy their product

  26. We need a model law to regulate this . People talk about high birth rate in third world countries but they forget that these people don't have the requisite education to understand the ill effects of producing more children. But for now we should work out a model of parallel economy one where both can exist. The machine made stuff and also the handmade stuff, till we can have a integrated one.

  27. It will become really important who gets elected to power. They have control over how taxes are collected and distributed.

  28. Yeah automation much better than chaotic design as most of peoples do. Battle order was always better than a barbarian style

  29. TAX TO ROBOTIZATION … Equivalents to quantity of manpower replaced … With the sole purpose of giving a salary to unemployed persons for such a reason … And an extra scholarship to improve the level of academic training in real practical sense with respect to the technological advances that displace human hands, within a frame of "fast" adjustment of the instruction before the obsolescence of the knowledge acquired by the progression of discoveries. 😉

  30. In the end, the final frontier for AI to reach, and the last line of work that humans can outperform machines will be Art Generation.
    Art is by definition, a materialization of a soul.
    Since AI is widely believed to not possess such, it cannot make art. It certainly can imitate art excellently, but to create true soulful art, it cannot.

    But, a soul can be also imitated.
    Can it be imitated to a point that it's indistinguishable from a living soul?
    Where the art that comes from both are of equal artistic value, to any uninitiated reviewer?
    On what basis then do we judge that a machine cannot possess a soul?
    Or even a more soulful soul?

    On what basis then, do our existence has further meaning or value than just its existence, as merely a miniscule token of universal history?

  31. If anything im greatful for is that automated machines are part of a key that slow population's growth .

  32. if we had started introducing automation and robotics,20 years ago to help industries cope with the competition , we would have never lost these industries, now to come back to repatriate these industries I can see it would be almost impossible, because the countries that are producing garment are starting to introduce the automation , and soon they will take other jobs from the industrialized world , to keep on giving bread to their people …. garment (and other similar industries ) cannot come back to North America before 10 to 20 years from now .

  33. Why do we even go to work? We go to work to be able to buy stuff that has other people's wages loaded in its cost. Remove the wages from every part of the production chain through automation and the cost of goods will drop to nearly zero. The only real costs will be for paying rentiers, such as the owners of the means of production and landlords (if we have to rent our homes.) How will we buy the products? Well, obviously through Universal Basic Income. Isn't UBI expensive for governments to pay out though? You won't need much income if the cost of goods drop to nearly zero. The legacy costs (rent, etc) will eventually drop to zero themselves as the owners of the assets will find that money won't buy much if most things are nearly free. So money itself will disappear and we will simply be consumers, looking to fill our comfortable, workless days with new meaning.

  34. People only need to work because they exist within a fabricated capitalist machine that now replaces them with robots who earn no wage. Who will be left to buy the products that the machines make? Machine consumers don't exist! The system is folly!

  35. The fact is that they are working on lesser salary, the truth is that they are giving you an opportunity to make huge cash, so think they are giving you jobs,
    If they do not work on lesser wages, then Europeans will go half naked again, like 400 years ago.
    And the robot can not replace the entire sewing job especially in the case of apparel

  36. 2000s: OMG Sweatshops! We gotta put a stop to them!
    2019: OMG people are losing jobs! We gotta do something!

  37. But still someone has to program , fix and check robots , robots can't do that by themselves not even with the most advanced AI we have nowadays.

  38. They are worried about jobs but they are not worried about having sex…which brings more people into the same problem…they are breeding like crazy.

  39. “…a country that desperately needs jobs”

    Nobody needs a job. They need the things they buy with the money from the job. If those things can be provided by a self-sustaining automated system, then we can finally leave behind the archaic notion of trading life for survival.

  40. 2:10 total nonsense. Half to full automated knitting machines exist for about a century. I program Shima Seiki Wholegarment machines for a living and the only problem the industry is always facing is to find SKILLED people.

  41. Where I work the machines either break down, or are too expensive to put on the road. I'd a roadsweeper . So far ,NO machine can do my work .

  42. These countries need to do massive birth control programs.

    The food shortages in the upcoming grand solar minimum will not be kind to them

  43. Don't worry TPTB are working hard on getting rid of a lot of us anyway. They think have we reached our use by date.

  44. amazing thing. that every citizen of the world. lives under a government that lives to control their every move, everything around them, and about them. regulate, tax and control every morsel and portion. yet those same "controlers" seem utterly powerless to stop or even slow down, control or regulate this coming invasion that will lay waste to the entire working system. they appear so powerless to do even anything about it. but what father or friend would let a stranger move in and take everything from his family members, eventually even their lives…who among us would do that. very quickly it becomes aparent who and what controls this world. the love of money, and the worship of the power it brings, and the conquest of it. is what totally governs the world now, or this could be stopped or regulated. its those who control the monies, that control the leaders, that control the people. and its clearly-visible where they taking the world. its also super-clear to some where this is heading, and will pile up in the end.

  45. who's going to be able to buy the products from your automated factories when everyone is automated out of a job? I guess just the 1 percent hopefully they buy a lot of stuff to keep your companies in business.

  46. We have a lot of human robots in government that are not very effective. Let's replace them with the cheaper substitute, even put AI to cheat like humans they replace.

  47. Either way poor people will still be exploited. The best thing these workers can do is to educate themselves.

  48. I don't think that workers in Bangladesh are intelligent enough to answer question like automation . Did you really ask them ?

  49. 4:30

    Director of MIT: You have online programs at MIT
    edit/cut to
    WSJ Rep: Some of these people aren't even literate.
    edit/cut to
    Director of MIT: That's right

  50. The technology that is intended to help people will slowly reduce and control the entire population.
    I have a bad feeling about machine learning and AI. Do we actually need them ?

  51. Innovation is good but this kind of technology which could take millions of jobs and making the rich richer is depressing.

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