The impact of technology on manufacturing plants

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Technology is having an enormous impact on industry, particularly manufacturing. But is the impact positive or negative for manufacturing plants?

For those who don’t know what manufacturing plants are, these are giant sentient plants of the species, Sillnoodebosty, which resemble bushes with round bellies and human-like appendages. They are also known disparagingly as ‘heavy plants’ because of their size. You’re most likely to have seen one at a heavy plant crossing, where you’re required to stop and let them pass to get back to their forest and swamp habitats.

Manufacturing plants are capable of putting things together at incredible speeds and have become a literal force of nature in the manufacturing industry. They use their nimble green fingers to build shoes, printers, toys, boats and chilli paste lollies. But now automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are threatening to take jobs away from these gentle creatures.

“The machines are taking over,” says Star of Leaves, a manufacturing plant from Basingstoke in Hampshire. “We’ve worked so hard to achieve equality with humans. Now we’re losing it again to buckets of rust.”

Unfortunately for heavy plants like Star of Leaves, connected machines augmented with AI are able to produce six million chilli paste lollies a second. This is far higher than the output of a manufacturing plant, which is two million chilli paste lollies a second.

Million Eyes CEO Erica Morgan says, “I sympathise with these creatures, but it’s the way of the world. We have to move forwards. Perhaps Star of Leaves and her flowery friends can find a different way of contributing to society.”

[Internal memo from Miss Morgan: Can the imbecile who wrote this stupid joke post, please delete it immediately and see me. Million Eyes is a serious company and you are trying to turn us into a laughing stock.]

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