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cobot recap: trumpeting in a huge year for manufacturing and robots

in trending now by Jeff Green

Rodney Brooks, founder and CTO of Rethink Robotics, along with Sawyer collaborative manufacturing robots at an event in China in 2016.

Between all of the buzz on robotics that came out of CES and jobs taking up a major portion of the newly inaugurated President’s “Make America Great Again” agenda, who can keep up with all of the news surrounding these topics? We’ve taken the liberty of boiling the robo-ocean down to the following five headlines to make sure you’re staying up to speed on the latest and greatest news about robotics and manufacturing. Here’s what we’ve got.

Why we prefer to be buddies with serious robots – “Knowing how people might react to a robot’s demeanor and role could help designers make robots that people are more likely to accept and use.” via Futurity

Donald Trump and Elon Musk’s views on US manufacturing could be a big win for TeslaWhen it comes to American manufacturing, Donald Trump may have found an unlikely ally: Elon Musk. Musk, who has made a name as one of Silicon Valley’s most aggressive visionaries on the future of driving, the future of energy, and the future of space exploration, is making a bold bet on US manufacturing. via Yahoo Finance

Equipping people to stay ahead of technological change Today, robotics and artificial intelligence call for another education revolution. This time, however, working lives are so lengthy and so fast-changing that simply cramming more schooling in at the start is not enough. People must also be able to acquire new skills throughout their careers. via The Economist

China turns to robots as workers age – With China’s labor force shrinking under the impact of the now abandoned one-child policy, the world’s second-largest economy is turning to machines to try to fill the gap. via Phys.org

Fears that robots are coming for all our jobs are overdone, says McKinsey – “While much of the current debate about automation has focused on the potential for mass unemployment, predicated on a surplus of human labor, the world’s economy will actually need every erg of human labor working, in addition to the robots, to overcome demographic aging trends in both developed and developing economies.” via MarketWatch

For more headlines, videos and news about collaborative robots and manufacturing automation, drop by Cobot Central. And connect with us on Twitter for a daily dose of robots and manufacturing chatter.

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Jeff Green

I'm Jeff Green, senior content and social media strategist at Rethink Robotics. When I'm not socializing Sawyer and Baxter, our smart, collaborative robots, I'm usually caught up in the home tornado, also known as my three kids. Love them, my wife, old-school Chinese food, movies, and of course game-changing technology.



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