Canon has just released the news that their factories will soon transition out some of the human element of their camera production lines and replace them with robots. Due to the rising price of the Yen, many companies in Japan have had to leave the country. Canon has stated that by creating a fully automated system it will cut costs while allowing their technologies and factories to remain in Japan.
Canon reports that the transition will not cause job loss; all factory workers will be moved to different departments within the organization. The move will hopefully take place by or before 2015.
As a photographer, I personally don't bemoan the change in a few jobs. On the contrary, removing the human element to a factory line can only produce sharper glass and more dependable sensors, right?