The Robots are Coming

A casual discussion about the automation of work and the decreasing relevance of humans to productivity.

Life on Chicken Assembly Line

October 31, 2015

Interesting information in this article about how automation drives the pace of a chicken assembly line.

Today, the maximum permissible rate is 140 birds per minute, and the industry recently pushed for a higher limit of 170.

[...] Line speeds are set by the Department of Agriculture with an eye to food safety, rather than worker well-being. The rate refers to the speed at which machines eviscerate each carcass, and that number naturally determines human production speed down the line. More than 75% of poultry workers in line jobs reported cumulative trauma disorders in their hands and wrists, according to a 2013 survey by the Southern Poverty Law Center.