Re: You'd think interest in automation would peak
When things are going fine, nobody wants to rock the boat. And spending on R&D to "stay still" is robbing shareholders and executives of their just deserts.
But in a recession, you've gotta find savings or the CEO salary might take a hit. Or, worse, the company may even fail and the CEO be forced to find another job. So you fire someone, and if the machine can do 70% of their job, you're onto a winner. (Or you don't hire someone and put in a machine in instead.)