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One of the potential downsides that technology-enhanced manufacturing can bring is the elimination of jobs previously done by people.

The pandemic has significantly increased the pace at which many larger trends have impacted society, and employment overall, with technology, once again, playing a critical role.

It’s hard to ignore the fact that some industries – and the jobs related to them – which had been expected to only modestly decline have instead seen some dramatic drop-offs. From increased use of robotic automation to the online shift of stores, there are many examples of companies – and even entire industries – that have accelerated technology adoption during the pandemic. An unfortunate consequence is the number of people losing their jobs sooner than expected.

Bob O’Donnell
Special to USA TODAY

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