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The Michigan Daijy-Wednesday, January 26, 1983-Page 7
Study says robots will
replace many workers
DETROIT (AP) - Robots will the Upjohn report says that "Well
eliminate between 13,000 and 24,000 jobs over half of the jobs created will
in Michigan and will create only 5,000 to require two or more years of college
18,000 new ones, a study by the W. E. training." The single greatest need will
Upjohn Institute for Employment be for "robotics technicians" to -test,
Research concludes. program, install, troubleshoot and
the results, released this week, show maintain industrial robots.
U.s. industry uses 6,800 robots and Robot sales nationwide rose from less
about 2,000 workers are producing new than $150 million in 1978 to $195 million
ones. last year, according to statistics corn-
"Outside the auto industry, robots piled by Laura Conigliaro, a vice
will have only ,a minor impact in president and robotics specialist for
Michigan," the report said. Prudential-Bache Securities Inc-. of
Robots will eliminate between 10,000 New York City. Sales will rise to about
and 18,000 jobs in auto manufacturing, $210 million nationwide this year, she
according to the study. said.
MSA okays seminar funds

(Continued from Page 3)
purpose of the conference," he said.
The issue- of the conference is not
"war versus peace" but only the search
for peace, he said.
ASSEMBLY member Ben Davis said
he feels the "speakers on the list are
motivated toward peace. He said he
thought there was no distinct Arab per-
spective on the Mideast situation.
"What do people mean as an Arab point
of view," he said.

"I think (the conference coor-
dinators) did a good jol representing
different points of view," Davis said,
adding the assembly should have n-in-
terest in perpetuating the Arab
Assembly members also argued that
in the past, MSA has endorsed con-
ferences which did not necessarily
provide a broad range of opinions.

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RPC votes down defense panel

The Research Policies Committee
has occupied one of the hottest seats on
campus this year as it struggles to
come up with guidelines for regulating
defense research.
Last April, the faculty senate voted to
extend the University's guidelines
governing classified research to in-

elude non-classified research as well.
The senate asked the research commit-
tee to come up with a mechanism for
enforcing the extended guidelines.
AT THEIR JAN. 12 meeting, the
committee voted down a proposal to
form a University-wide panel to over-
see non-classified research.
Critics of the decision charge that the

Students protest research
demand public forum

(Continued from Page 1)
GAMOTA, A former research direc-
tor for the Pentagon, called to cancel on
Friday, according to the Rev. Don
Postema of the Campus Chapel.
"To be really fair, Gamota thought
that what I had originally asked him for
and what seemed to be happening were
different," Postema said.
"IT WASN'T being billed as a
political debate. We told him we wanted
his information from a historical point
of view," Postema said.
Gamota said last night he had accep-
ted the invitation to the forum on. the
condition that he would not be the
representative of the University ad-
ministration and the it would not turn
into a debate on defense research. He
said he had planned to speak more
generally on the relationship between
the government and universities.
When posters were put up advertising
the forum as a discussion on military
research at Michigan, "the debate was
being forced," Gamota said.
Thursday's forum will go on at the
Guild House at 7:30 p.m., but without
Yesterday's" meeting brought out
sharp differences of opinion on the
openess of the decisions governing
defense research, and the morality of
certain projects.
ALAN PRICE, University vice-
president for research, said informal
meetings with Roger Kerson, the MSA
investigator into University defense
research, Marx, and others indicate
that information on defense research
projects is available.
But graduate student Vicki Shapiro
countered: "There are a lot of mem-
bers of the student body who have not
had a chance to speak to you in-
dividually, and find out what's going
Marx, one of the student members of

the Research Policies Committee, said
the idea of informal meetings with in-
terested people is not practical, and
does not provide information to the
majority of people who are not infor-
"All the people in the University
community can't sit down and study
this stuff. . . it's not like anyone can
come in and say Charles (Overberger),
I'd like an informal talk on military
MARX SAID HE will make a formal
proposal for a public forum on Feb. 2,
the next meeting of the committee.
However, he expressed concerns that if
the committee does sponsor a program,
the administrators who make decisions
might say, "this is a faculty body and
we don't want to get involved."
Marx said yesterday's action reflects
a more aggressive strategy on the part
of the Progressive Students Network,
which organized the meeting.
"We are tired and frustrated with the
administration snowballing us like they
did today.. . we are going to take a lit-
tle more direct approach."

vote not to form the panel, which would
have had only advisory power, in-
dicates the committee has no desire to
regulate non-classified research
"It calls into question the legitimacy
of the committee. It seems the majority
is interested in removing any restric-
tions on military research," said Roger
Kerson, who has been investigating
University'defense research for the
Michigan Student Assembly.
Ringler said the majority of the com-
mittee's members do not think that cer-
tain projects in question violate the
University guidelines prohibiting
research which could destroy human
By March, the committee must make
a recommendation to the faculty senate
on the new guidelines and a method of
enforcing them. Ringler said the next
step toward doing that will be to find
R eporters
c larifly
(Continued from Page 1)
said the open meetings act does not ap-
ply to committee meetings.
According to Herald news editor
Kevin Miller, reporters first began to
believe that committee groups were
'making decisions behind closed doors"
when press released outlining decisions
made moments before were circulated
at public meetings.
Smythe said it is common for public
boards to have press releases already
prepared to report decisions which are
to be made during the meetings.

some middle ground between those who
oppose an overseeing panel and those
who favor the idea. But Ringler said
chances for such a compromise look
"pretty bleak right now."
One alternative to a University-wide
panel would be to let individual schools
and colleges set up their own regulating
committees, Ringler-said.
KERSON SAID this approach would
hamper the objectivity of the panel.
"Each (school) has the need and in-
terest of maximizing their research
dollars. Why put them in that conflic-
ting position?" Kerson said.
After the last vote, biological
chemistry Prof. Donalt Hultquist said it
seems unlikely the committee will be
able to find a suitable compromise to
form an overseeing panel. He said some
committee members who favor the
panel may push for approval of the idea
when the issue comes before the faculty
senate in March.

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