Se visitam este blogue com regularidade conhecem a minha metáfora: Mongo.
Mongo é o mundo da diversidade, da personalização, da experiência, da decomoditização. Por isso "Um mesmo processo automatizado é demasiado rígido para Mongo" ou ainda mais radical "É disto que eu gosto... ninja-like... just like an al-qaeda cell".
Assim, foi com um enorme sorriso que li "Mercedes-Benz swaps robots for people on its assembly lines":
"Bucking modern manufacturing trends, Mercedes-Benz has been forced to trade in some of its assembly line robots for more capable humans.Recordar:
The robots cannot handle the pace of change and the complexity of the key customisation options available for the company’s S-Class saloon at the 101-year-old Sindelfingen plant, which produces 400, 000 vehicles a year from 1,500 tons of steel a day.
The dizzying number of options for the cars – from heated or cooled cup holders, various wheels, carbon-fibre trims and decals, and even four types of caps for tire valves – demand adaptability and flexibility, two traits where humans currently outperform robots.
Markus Schaefer, Mercedes-Benz’ head of production told Bloomberg: “Robots can’t deal with the degree of individualisation and the many variants that we have today. We’re saving money and safeguarding our future by employing more people.”
Skilled humans can change a production line in a weekend, where robots take weeks to reprogram and realign.
“We’re moving away from trying to maximise automation with people taking a bigger part in industrial processes again. We need to be flexible. The variety is too much to take on for the machines. They can’t work with all the different options and keep pace with changes.”"
- "o que pode desaparecer no futuro não é o trabalho" (Maio de 2014)
- O truque é a interacção, a co-criação. Os robots não têm hipótese! (Abril de 2015)
- “The minute the future becomes unpredictable, efficiency can become your enemy.” (Maio de 2015)
- O mantra do século XXI é diferente (Julho de 2015)
- "humans and machines will work together" (Janeiro de 2016)