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JSPES, Vol. 35, No. 1 (Spring 2010)
pp. 3-10

Reindustrialization: From Shoes to Ships to Sealing Wax

M.S. Cohen and L.L. Beranek

The continuing shrinkage of the American industrial base has led to impediments to technological innovation, which consequently threaten the nation’s international competitiveness and thus its living standard. The deindustrialization of the United States is examined, and the pivotal role that robotics can play in the reindustrialization of the country is discussed. A thorough quantitative investigation of the use of robotics for this purpose by a panel of experts is recommended.