According to Bloomberg, robots in fully-automated factories require a significant amount of electricity but require neither lighting and heating to function. The article notes that despite the increased level of automation the world has currently achieved, electrical consumption has not drastically increased — decreasing in some cases.
It’s not as if any of these countries are deindustrialized. Germany has a heavily industrial economy, and its producers are automating as much as possible. Siemens, for one, has boosted production at one factory ninefold in three decades without appreciably increasing its workforce. Yet, as a whole, Germany uses 5 percent less electricity than it did 10 years ago.
Also, interesting in the news: "The largest virtual Universe ever simulated," AI can predict suicide, and a graph to see "the jobs that are expected to disappear as a result of automation in the workplace."
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