- IFR predicts double digit growth for service robots through 2018 – In the Robot Report, Frank Tobe says the forecast is “very likely to be seriously understated for a variety of reasons” pointing to collaborative robots as a market that “could take off at an even greater rate than the present 70% year-over-year sales increase as new low-cost robots are quickly trained and put to work in SMEs around the globe.”
- Robots: Masters of the Dull, Dirt and Dangerous – The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) discusses the high turnover rate associated with boring and dangerous manufacturing jobs and how it can be resolved. “By tackling those monotonous, unpleasant, or risky jobs, robots are freeing up employees for more rewarding and safer positions—all while helping companies stay competitive in the manufacturing industry.”
- New paper argues automation will revive US manufacturing and create new growth, more jobs – In an interview by Greg Nichols of ZDNet, A3 president Jeff Burnstein defends the above-mentioned paper. “We assumed that if robots were job killers, you would have expected that unemployment would rise when robot shipments rose. But we found the exact opposite. When sales of robots go up, unemployment falls.”
- Deep Learning Robot Takes 10 Days to Teach Itself to Grasp – Read the full story from Tech Review, and be sure to watch the video “Supersizing Self-Supervision” published by the CMU research team here.
- A Look at China’s “Button Town” – Bet you didn’t know that 60% of buttons world-wide are manufactured by hundreds of factories in Qiaotou, China. Here’s the rest of the story, including how one business is modernizing its plant to stay competitive, from CBS News.
A Look Ahead At Upcoming Events
ATX Texas 2015
October 13-14, 2015
George R. Brown Convention Center
ATX West 2016
February 9-11, 2016
Anaheim Convention Center
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About the Author
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.