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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Last last year, Adidas began rolling out its plans for Speedfactory, a set of robot-staffed manufacturing facilities located in Germany and, soon, the U.S. Today, the sportswear giant revealed the first silhouette developed through this new project, known as Futurecraft M.F.G. It's a sleek running shoe that features Adidas' trademark Primeknit upper and Boost midsole, similar to what you see on popular models like Kanye West's Yeezy 350s.

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The design itself relies heavily on data from ARAMIS, a motion capture technology that maps an individual's skin, bone and muscle to create a more comfortable shoe.

Adidas says the M.F.G. (aka "Made for Germany") is only the beginning, with more products expected to come over the next few months. The company has been pushing the envelope with its Futurecraft line recently, which also includes sneakers made partially with 3D-printed materials.

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We can shut down global trade, but it's not going to stop progress. This tech even does away with the store.

#1 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2016-09-21 07:25 PM | Reply

At least once it is all their factories are upgraded no one can complain about child labor and empoyee abuse.

ps: Look for dems to push for robotic unions and voting rights for them ;)

#2 | Posted by MSgt at 2016-09-21 11:13 PM | Reply

Plus, who cares if the robots are locked into a room with the fire door chained shut?

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2016-09-22 12:07 AM | Reply

What do those robots make per hour? $0? Are you sh$$ing me?

#4 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2016-09-22 02:51 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I guess robots need shoes

#5 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2016-09-22 03:30 PM | Reply

This is the reason we won't "bring the jobs back". Manufacturing is growing rather briskly in the US. Manufacturing jobs, much slower because the new plants don't need many people. Since 2009, manufacturing is up by more than 20%. Manufacturing jobs, about 5%.

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#6 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2016-09-22 03:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is the reason we won't "bring the jobs back". Manufacturing is growing rather briskly in the US. Manufacturing jobs, much slower because the new plants don't need many people. Since 2009, manufacturing is up by more than 20%. Manufacturing jobs, about 5%.
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#6 | POSTED BY JOHNNY_HOTSAUCE

But manufacturing of robots is up 754,250%

#7 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2016-09-22 03:39 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Think I'll buy a few shares of Adidas.

#8 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2016-09-22 05:59 PM | Reply

This is the reason we won't "bring the jobs back". Manufacturing is growing rather briskly in the US. Manufacturing jobs, much slower because the new plants don't need many people. Since 2009, manufacturing is up by more than 20%. Manufacturing jobs, about 5%.

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#6 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2016-09-22 03:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

Exactly. Blaming the loss of manufacturing jobs on this president or that governor or whatever is myopic. Technology can't be undone.

#9 | Posted by cbob at 2016-09-22 07:16 PM | Reply

WWKGD. what would Kathy Gifford Do?

#10 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2016-09-22 07:54 PM | Reply

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Robots? Anyone blame Trump yet? Might as well because pretty soon he'll be able to control the weather too. Like dubya did.

#11 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2016-09-22 07:58 PM | Reply

Will you have the unions and the democrats to blame for robot factories.

One good thing about it now that they have labor under control they can bring the factories back home.
Unless the democrats raise taxes.....

#12 | Posted by tmaster at 2016-09-22 08:23 PM | Reply

"This is the reason we won't "bring the jobs back". Manufacturing is growing rather briskly in the US. Manufacturing jobs, much slower because the new plants don't need many people. Since 2009, manufacturing is up by more than 20%. Manufacturing jobs, about 5%."

And this is how capitalism eats itself. Who is going to buy the overproduction of shoes when no one has a job? Karl Marx was right :-)

#13 | Posted by dibblda at 2016-09-22 10:20 PM | Reply

yes, the jobs are gone but they keep bringing in foreigners to drive down the wages that remain...

#14 | Posted by visiter at 2016-09-23 08:38 AM | Reply

yes, the jobs are gone but they keep bringing in foreigners to drive down the wages that remain...

#14 | POSTED BY VISITER

Yes, we need to stop Trump from doing that anymore.

#15 | Posted by Sycophant at 2016-09-23 10:27 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

But manufacturing of robots is up 754,250%

#7 | POSTED BY CRISISSTILLS

However.... after a short while, these manufacturing jobs will drop 99.99% as there will be enough robots to manufacture new robots themselves, so yeah, we're screwed!

#16 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2016-09-23 12:09 PM | Reply

Well,

the people displaced and get jobs making Robots...oh wait..

Nevermind, that involves math and science..not a victim based curriculum...

#17 | Posted by boaz at 2016-09-23 12:39 PM | Reply

"the people displaced and get jobs making Robots...oh wait..

Nevermind, that involves math and science..not a victim based curriculum..."

#16 right above your comment.

Manufacturing is manufacturing, robots, cars, or sneakers. It's naive to think that everyone employed in manufacturing is going to move on up to manufacturing robots.

It's doubly naive to think we are all going to school are way out of a jobless economy. Science and engineering is already saturated at this point.

#18 | Posted by dibblda at 2016-09-23 12:45 PM | Reply

#18 | POSTED BY DIBBLDA

Required reading: R.U.R.

My comments on robots were sort of non-serious.

"Science and engineering is already saturated at this point".

Many started talking about this years ago. Rubbish. We haven't scratched the surface in biotechnology, nanotechnology, or whatevertechnology yet to be named. Who knows what discoveries will be made in telecommunications, aerospace, medicine, astronomy, etc. Pretty sure this century will be make the last one look like the Stone Age. As long as this is the case, and it will be, people will be attracted to these fields with plenty of jobs lined up. Engage warp drive!

#19 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2016-09-23 02:37 PM | Reply

Crisis,

I'm an organic chemist working in an engineering department on organic electronics. I'm in the trenches you might say.

I appreciate your optimism. It's not about what we can discover but who is going to pay for it. Funding for scientific research has basically been flat for years. Big company research is nearly a thing of the past, the management is thinking on a quarterly time scale and discoveries takes years to develop if at all. Funding agencies require results typically within a three year time scale. As a result, scientists are focusing on little, incremental, projects that are not game changing but will generate papers.

Add to that the push to graduate more and more STEM Ph.D.s with a flat job market.

When people at the top say we need more STEM students, what they are saying is that they don't want to pay the high cost associated with hiring someone with an advanced degree. More students means more job seekers willing to work for peanuts after investing a substantial portion of their lives educating themselves.

Here are a few links you might peruse:
www.insidehighered.com
blogs.sciencemag.org

#20 | Posted by dibblda at 2016-09-23 05:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Dibblda, we left communism and entered the Western World thanks to my dad's Doctorate in Physics, back in 1968. A degree like that that was an open passport to work practically anywhere. He's 80 now, still working as tenured professor and still a leading authority in his field. Sadly, things are quite different now, they have been for decades, we all know that, and no question that tenure has shrunken the job market in Science. I still think we are in the age of Science with many new discoveries and inventions to come.

Thanks for the links which I have already forwarded to my dad.

#21 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2016-09-24 12:02 AM | Reply

There are tons of new things to be discovered and created, 100% on board with that. In I'm still in the game even though I know the deck is stacked against me. I don't know how to do anything else, it's who I am :-)

We have spending priorities as a country that aren't in our best interests, we'd probably be on mars by now if we weren't building continuously grounded superfighters and occupying countries that we have no business being in.

Your family immigrated during the golden age of science in the U.S. for sure. It's been strongly suggested to me that I look overseas where the funding situation is much better.

#22 | Posted by dibblda at 2016-09-24 02:07 AM | Reply

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