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New Blue-Collar Jobs Will Survive the Rise of AI

At a Rolls Royce parts plant with “virtually no manual operations,” human workers continually refine automation.

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No One Is Sure How Good, or Bad, AI Will Get

It’s hiring day at Rolls Royce’s jet-engine plant near Petersburg, Virginia. Twelve candidates are divided into three teams and given the task of assembling a box. Twelve Rolls Royce employees stand around them, one assigned to each candidate, taking notes. 

The box is a prop, and the test has nothing to do with programming or repairing the robots that make engine parts here. It’s about collaborative problem solving.