I recently came across this interesting story from commodityonline.com that discusses Taiwan’s plans to introduce a million-robot army to manufacture key IT components.
Robots, of course, have long been seen as a labor-saving innovation, increasing efficiency and quality assurance. They don’t call in sick, have spats with co-workers, or take long lunches. But they do, apparently, have an appetite – for critical metals like the rare earths, gold and silver.
Once gain, the connection of high-tech to primary materials becomes central to our next stage of global productivity.