Will “botsourcing” bring manufacturing back to the US

An article in the Harvard Business Review Blog Network (http://blogs.hbr.org/) titled “Robots are starting to make offshoring less attractive” describes how use of automation and robots is increasing the attractiveness of US manufacturing. Foxconn’s decision to build iphones in Pennsylvania, Tesla’s plans to make batteries in the US and Amazon’s use of robots for order picking coupled with significant hiring are described as sample impacts. Will the trend, described as botsourcing, increase the outsourcing of IT while increasing the insourcing of manufacturing i.e., should the bot controller be necessarily located close to the bot user ? What impact will this ability to separate the controls from the job execution have on the nature of training required for manufacturing employees ? Is manufacturing and service productivity the real determinant of long run growth in the economy, as suggested in the article ?

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