The mining industry provides the raw materials needed by almost everything else in our economy. But it doesn’t employ that many people – just 670,000 Americans. Instead, it’s focusing on intelligent mining operations. More and more jobs are being done by artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and robots. The British/Australian mining company Rio Tinto has been using self-driving trucks and drillers for years. It will soon have a long-haul autonomous rail system. An “intelligent mine” will be operative in 2021.