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In the future, the world will be run by robots. It sounds like a dystopian world view, wherein artificial intelligence rises and takes over the world, but it’s not. The future, as it were, is slowly creeping up on us.

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Adidas has opened its first factory in Germany with a robot majority. Only 10 humans will run the day-to-day, but there are plans for human staff to be eliminated in the future. This is called lights out manufacturing, a process that’s been fully formed since 2001. There aren’t many known operations of this kind, though. FANUC, a Japanese robotics company in Yamanashi Prefecture, has been running a robot-only manufacturing facility since 2001, while Philips also uses robots to make electric razors in the Netherlands.

Think about that for a second. You enter one of these facilities, and there isn’t a human. No breathing, just mechanical tinkering. Joan isn’t there to set baked goods on a table or share pictures of her cat, and you’ll never see Cheryl wearing her latest outlet mall fashions. That’s kind of spooky. (For some, it may be a blessing.)

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Basically, the factory is trying to keep up with the demands of you, the consumer. So they’ve created what they’re calling a “Speedfactory,” which will specializing in making shoes that combine “a machine-knitted upper and springy “Boost sole.” So, these.

Since we’re not really equipped to duel with a specialized robot, we’re just gonna let them finish.

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