Technology Bumps Workers Off the Job Line

December 18, 2010  |  

(Newsweek) — Looking out at the mammoth factory floor where Samsung Austin Semiconductor assembles microchips, Cyrus Bavarian realized there was one thing missing: people. Bavarian, a 24-year-old process engineer hired last spring fresh from the University of Texas, Austin, had imagined the dust-free assembly floor would be crowded with workers wearing “bunny-suits,” those white booties and hair coverings that make the employees look like surgeons. Instead he saw only robots. “There is just nobody out there. You hear the whir of machines, and you see the lights but these tools are almost just operating themselves,” Bavarian told NEWSWEEK. “It’s like The Matrix.”

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