Speaking of machines doing increasingly more complex tasks, it turns out that Boeing is now using robots to paint the wings of its massive 777s. Unsurprisingly, they’re way better at it than humans are:
Manually, it takes a team of painters 4.5 hours to do the first coat. The robots do it in 24 minutes with perfect quality. Boeing began using the machine in February. By midsummer, all 777 wings will be painted this way.
Both the head of the of the 777 program and the director in charge of their manufacturing were quick to point out that no one was laid off because of the robots, but the reality is that more work being done with fewer people means fewer jobs to go around.