How To Make 500000 Cars Without Humans – Forbes

Elon Musk is obsessed with speed. From rockets to hyperloops to electric cars, fast is kind of his thing.

Now he wants to apply the same aesthetic to manufacturing.

Critics argue it’s another pipe dream, born out of necessity. Tesla, his controversial car business, is supposed to deliver 400,000 vehicles by 2018. Yet, his workers have never pushed annual production beyond 100,000.

Elon Musk, the co-founder and chief executive of Electric carmaker Tesla, gestures during a ceremony in Dubai on February 13, 2017.Tesla announced the opening of a new Gulf headquarters in Dubai, aiming to conquer an oil-rich region better known for gas guzzlers than environmentally friendly motoring. / AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Musk, however, is thinking beyond workers. The future is total automation.

More than 100 years ago, the assembly line transformed industrial production. Our current age is all about information technology — intelligent software, sensors and incredibly precise, fast-moving robotics. These technologies promise exponential improvement in production.

Humans, at least those who fasten bolts or shift metal, become superfluous.

It’s not science fiction. Musk already has big plans for factories that are unencumbered by the physical limitations of humans.

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