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Tight Labor Markets Drive Automation Trends and Semis, Opportunities for All

Arthur Hanson

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With labor markets tightening, the drive to further automate jobs already automated will drive the demand for semis of all types, from processors to sensors, and create new forms of automation for many types of jobs. Self-driving farm tractors for tilling, weed, and pest control are already in use and advancing fast. One system even uses lasers for weed control. Even harvesting fruit and grapes is becoming highly automated, with some vineyards having one machine replace a twenty-man crew and harvest more by only harvesting the ripe grapes and allowing others to mature. This machine can operate twenty-four seven getting more grapes at their peak by far than a human crew. Intelligence and high tech will come to almost everything we touch, and this market will create demand for a wide variety of semis of all types and maybe even lead to the creation of more types and many more ways of applying the types we already have. This will take many semis into areas and fields most haven't even dreamed of. The penetration into the professions will get even deeper than it is now and will only be limited by our imagination and creativity. It is easy to see the market for semis increasing dramatically if this trend takes off and the historic opportunities it offers many of the readers of SemiWiki, including myself. I hope many see these opportunities and take advantage of them for the benefit of all. Sadly corruption from unions to professional organizations has come up for many reasons to streamline and improve the quality of results as the early automated looms were destroyed by weavers clinging to obsolete processes and procedures. This is still being done by many professions, from engineering to medical.

Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated.
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There is no labour shortage...

Agriculture is already extremely, extremely automated even in comparison to mid-20th century.

Modern agri equipment is basically designed to only need 1 operator, and whether we get rid of this last man doesn't matter much. A single harvester can cut more wheat in a day than 1000 men.

A top tier large harvester 50 years ago had to be manned by multiple people, and and have a tech support team of 10-15 as they were complex, and fast to break, but they were very productive.

Similarly, most of manufacturing already got most of efficiency squeezed out of it, and sees the similar "only last few percents left to full automation, and lights out factories"