atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#2342: I need a time machine.

I really ought to do an entire series of posts with that title. There are so many reasons I need one. Listening to Og and his coworker talk robotics and machine tools on Sunday afternoon reminded me of one.

This was in 1994 or 1995. I don't remember the exact occasion. It was either in the context of me looking for a job or talking to someone while I was fixing his computer; I don't remember any of the details. I only remember one thing: talking to some guy from some industry and mentioning that I was interested in a career in robotics. The guy proceeded to give me several very good reasons why going into robotics would be a bad career choice--no one was really adopting robotics, the skills weren't really portable, the Asians were the only ones who really used robots, blah blah blah blah, etcetera. His discussion was well-reasoned and well-supported, and what I took away from all that was that I was better served looking for a job in some other field.

Fifteen-odd years later, of course, I've learned that there's more than one way to build a robot. It doesn't have to have an arm with six-axis servos to be a robot. A CNC machine is a robot, and there are all kinds of CNC machines being used in manufacturing these days. And they need people to maintain and repair them just like any other machine.

*sigh* I want to go back in time and hit that guy with a tire iron.

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