Musk's comment on CBS re excessive automation had me looking into it more and I found this good article on Tesla's automation efforts is at: Musk Says Excessive Automation Was ‘My Mistake’ And especially this paragraph: “German OEMs -- traditionally the most enthusiastic proponents of automation -- have actually been rowing back on it in recent years,” Warburton wrote. “The best producers -- still the Japanese -- try to limit automation. It is expensive and is statistically inversely correlated to quality. One tenet of lean production is ‘stabilize the process, and only then automate.’ If you automate first, you get automated errors. We believe Tesla may be learning this to its cost.” Not surprisingly, to find the bleeding edge of automation, Tesla probably went a little too far -- at least at first. Maybe it will eventually pay off (unlike that conveyor belt thing I guess . . .) . But I can't help but think that the above tenet -- to stabilze with humans first, and then automate the human process -- is NOT the best recipe. MAchines/robots would not have the dexterity limitations of humans and if designed right you could, theoretically, find a much more efficient and stable robotic process that a human could never do at any speed.