There is a growing fear among working class Americans that they will soon lose their jobs to robots. A lot of very serious people have issued this threat as a way stopping of calls for a higher minimum wage. On the other hand, regardless of how the minimum wage debates go real American jobs may indeed be threatened by service robots. M&M, a market research firm, reported that the market for service robots will grow to 46.17 billion by 2017.
For the record, makerspace development is the best way to counter the threat from service robots. You can make the case that robots and people are good at different things. Robots are good at repetitive and precision work while people are good at design and coordinating work. People tend to relate better to other people rather than robots. It’s this empathy that leads to engagement and competitive advantage.
Unreasonable people will always seek out opportunities to reduce the timeframe for social and techno-economic change. The challenge for makerspace developers is how best to entice regular people to use robots to their advantage. There are only so many unreasonable people available in any region and they tend be easily distracted by the next shiny object that promises to change the world for the better. So you can use them to start the conversation but you need a wider audience.
Makerspace Development is about more than just purchasing the latest high-tech machinery. It’s about empowering a larger American creative class. It’s about breaking through the creative veil that people use to protect their creative energy from the confounders who want to derail them. Makerspace Development is about more than just real estate development. It’s also about a region’s or community’s brand.