It sounds like history repeating:
- A company that creates animated movies hired a lot of animators on the US to create their movies.
- After some years they found out that animators salaries are expensive and that they can outsource it's animators to other countries.
- So the company reduce it's size, it only depends on creative people for the story and some high level animators to set the road for the overseas animator's outsourced army.
- After some time, technology evolves, and movies can be created by a smaller group of animators behind a computer.
- The outsourced army of animators are fired, the jobs get back to the US, but now with a reduced team.
It is the CFO dream to reduce a factory of 1000 workers to an outsourced cheaper factory, but it is his wildest dream on earth to reduce the 1000 outsourced workers to a one shot machinery expense and a group of 20 people to operate those.
Just imagine the an hypothetical logo on the next device you will buy on the future:
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So, Mechatronics may be the future, but the humans also needs to evolve to do more complex jobs. Just like Charlie's fathers on "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", it is not a high paid job for humans to just screw the toothpaste cap, but when he returned to fix the machine that fired him, that was "payback".