present day assembly lines are mostly automated until the stage of final assembly and much more flexible
people working in teams are used where changes are made often

the assembly line was an engine of American prosperity in the 20th century
but it also was a technology of control--repetition and standardization
now we have the decline of American manufacture, at least of jobs

how has the effect of automation on workers changed over time?

The environmental impact of the assembly line?

What happened to Detroit?
The assembly line has meant different things to different people over time
if the effect is not inevitable but instead different in different times and places
how do we choose to use the assembly line?
we have choices about where technology takes us

productivity vs.