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Now turn this into ski tuning..you go to the kiosk..feed your skis into the machine and out pops tuned skis..have it run 24hrs a day..no more waiting.
Heck, most if not all of the new tuning machines are already automated short of someone to load the ski into the machine. Now the cost, which typically is a bit either side of $200k is the bigger potential issue there, as you need to see the retrun on the investment in a reasonable amount of time.
You could almost draw the parallel with many smaller hospitals that spent millions on CT scanners or MRI machines, which often end up not being used at a level which makes them economically feasible (verses using say a different, larger hospitals radiology facilties or a radioology imaging center) and you end up with good intentions causing fiscal issues.
There comes a point with automation potential where you may end up finding in some cases, the cost to automate ends up in the realistic short term, being a financial hinderence, especially if it's in a situation where the automation potential may be for something that more of a seasonal and not a year round basis
But it isn't just "a few" bucks. It's "a few hundred k"!
That needs to be viewed in a realistic eyes of how many lives it saves.
Where did you get that idea? Just 2 days ago, I wrote a long thesis about robotic and computer programming! I guess you skipped reading those.Don't you work in healthcare? You should know darn well how this works.