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Rise of the machines: What jobs will survive as robots move into the workplace?

The invasion of robots into factories and offices has long been seen as final blow for workforces ravaged by cheap offshore labour and the never ending quest to cut costs.

An image of Chris Brugeaud, CEO Smart Steel Solutions, in front of his robotic welder in Brisbane.
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 Smart Steel Solutions CEO Chris Brugeaud says robotics has boosted productivity and employment at his Brisbane factory. (Supplied: Smart Steel Solutions)

However, that is a view being seriously challenged in hi-tech steel fabricating factory just south of Brisbane. Having put “artificially intelligent” welding and cutting equipment to work, Smart Steel Systems chief executive Chis Brugeaud said he was now able to bring back jobs “onshore” and reverse the trend of laying off people as technology improves.

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Author: Elysse Morgan Business Reporter