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A new McKinsey Global Institute report finds realizing automation’s full potential requires people and technology to work hand in hand.

HARNESSING AUTOMATION FOR A FUTURE THAT WORKS

"While much of the current debate about automation has focused on the potential for mass unemployment, people will need to continue working alongside machines to produce the growth in per capita GDP to which countries around the world aspire." - McKinsey Global Institute Read More

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APPLE MAY CREATE THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN ARIZONA

"Apple may be gearing up to do more manufacturing here in the United States. According to a federal government filing, the company has requested to make finished products at its facility in Mesa, Arizona." via CNBC

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  • WITH INDUSTRY 4.0 AND ROBOTICS THE IMAGE OF MANUFACTURING IS EVOLVING

    By Adam Robinson via Cerasis

    The manufacturing image of an age-old man breaking his back to scrape together two items daily is practically gone. Today’s manufacturers have more technology and resources than ever before, and the improvements will not stop there. Read more >

  • UPSKILLING THE INDUSTRIAL WORKFORCE IS IN OUR SIGHT

    By Brian Ballard via IndustryWeek

    The workforce for the next industrial revolution needs to work side-by-side with machines, constantly connected to the data, processes and people they need to deliver maximum productivity. The critical question facing the industry is how to upskill today’s workers to make them ready for the new world of hands-on work. Read more >

  • DONALD TRUMP AND ELON MUSK’S VIEWS ON US MANUFACTURING COULD BE A BIG WIN FOR TESLA

    By Myles Udland via Yahoo Finance

    When 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. Read more >

  • INITIATIVE AIMS TO GET MORE BUSINESSES TO USE ROBOTICS

    By James Goodman via Democrat & Chronicle

    Rochester Institute of Technology has been named as a partner in a new Department of Defense $253 million initiative to make more effective use of technology in robotics. The Initiative is called the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Innovation Hub and will be administered by American Robotics, a nonprofit institute led by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Read more >

  • WHY WE PREFER TO BE BUDDIES WITH SERIOUS ROBOTS

    By Matthew Swayne via Futurity

    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. Read more >

  • CMU-LED NONPROFIT LANDS MAJOR ROBOTICS GRANT

    By Don Hopey via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    The U.S. Department of Defense is announcing today that American Robotics, an independent non-profit spawned by Carnegie Mellon University will receive more than $250 million to launch the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Innovation Hub, based in Pittsburgh. Read more >

  • UNEXPECTED CONSEQUENCES OF SELF DRIVING CARS

    By Rodney Brooks

    In this post I will explore two possible consequences of having self driving cars, two consequences that I have not seen being discussed, while various car companies, non-traditional players, and startups debate what level of autonomy we might expect in our cars and when. These potential consequences are self-driving cars as social outcasts and anti-social behavior of owners. Read more >

  • EQUIPPING PEOPLE TO STAY AHEAD OF TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE

    via The Economist

    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. Read more >

  • ROBOTICS NOT NECESSARILY BAD FOR JOBS MARKET, MINISTER SAYS

    via DutchNews.nl

    "We are certain to lose jobs in the Netherlands if we don’t work with robotics. But by using robots wisely we will retain jobs." -Henk Kamp, Dutch Economic Affairs Minister Read more >

  • CHINA TURNS TO ROBOTS AS WORKERS AGE

    By Matthew Knight via Phys.org

    With China's labour 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. Read more >

  • ROBOTICS, IOT AND 3D PRINTING SET FOR BOOM YEARS

    By Gordon Hunt via Silicon Republic

    Last year was a significant one in terms of where the latest technology is heading, with virtual reality and the internet of things (IoT) finally feeling the full force of industry power. Looking beyond 2016, robotics and 3D printing are set to enter the fray as they too gear up for years of innovation. Read more >

  • WORLDWIDE SPENDING ON ROBOTICS TO REACH $188 BILLION BY 2020

    via Yahoo Finance

    "The market for robotics continues to experience tremendous growth," said John Santagate, research manager, Supply Chain at IDC Manufacturing Insights. "This growth is really fueled by a combination of technology improvements, expanded use cases, and acceptance in the market. Read more >

  • ROBOTS AND THE REAL WORLD

    By Brent Balinsky via Manufacturers' Monthly

    In the markets where Rethink sells its collaborative robots, ageing workforces and a shortage of younger workers available to replace retirees are a combination troubling manufacturers, according to founder, chairman and CTO, Dr. Rodney Brooks. It’s a problem that’s been brewing for many years, and an issue in China which he picked up on early in the millennium as co-founder of iRobot. Read more >

  • SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO ASK: WHAT MAKES A ROBOT A ROBOT?

    By Katie Collins via CNET

    You can thank Amazon's Alexa voice assistant for helping to blur the lines between a robot and a gadget. As more and more smart devices find their voice, first comes conversation between us and them, and then comes an emotional attachment. CES hinted strongly at a big future for the prospect of robots in your home. But what makes a robot? Read more >