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The New Face of Manufacturing - by Manufacturing.net, photo via GE Reports

MANUFACTURING ISN’T DEAD, IT’S EVOLVING

"I've been active in economic development for more than 30 years, and I don’t see an industry on its last legs. I see an increasingly efficient system that’s reshoring jobs and creating more opportunities for growth than the public might think." -Steve Johnson, CEO, Missouri Partnership Read More

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NOT-SO-SECRET CODE THAT POWERS ROBOTS AROUND GLOBE

"However you describe it, ROS is everywhere. It's the shared system of underlying code that powers robots around the world, from the hobbyist creations in a garage to industrial robots at Toyota." by Ellen Huet via Bloomberg Read more

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  • EMBRACE THE ROBOTS

    By Rich Lowry via San Antonio Express-News

    The only way to raise our standard of living is to increase productivity, which is impossible without innovation. This process always destroys some jobs but, by raising wages and cutting prices, makes it possible for new jobs to spring up in their place. Read more >

  • WHERE MAN COMBINES WITH MACHINE TO IMPROVE MANUFACTURING

    via OZY

    Some experts are hailing 3D printing as the next industrial revolution — cutting the carbon emissions and costs of almost everything we make. But in Kariwa, Japan, a tiny coastal village around 180 miles north of Tokyo, they still believe man can outsmart machine. Read more >

  • WILL COBOTS AND AUGMENTED REALITY SPIKE PRODUCTIVITY?

    By Tom Green via Asian Robotics Review

    Just as additions like camera integration to cobots allowed them to recognize and track objects, and how force-sensing enabled a cobots’ deft touch, so too over time, AR in the tech mix may help evolve the cobot once again. Read more >

  • DON’T FOUL THE ROBOT (IT DOESN’T MISS FREE THROWS)

    By Helene Stapinski via New York Times

    Geva Patz, a technologist who works at the National Museum of Mathematics, or MoMath, and his team have been working on an exhibit, “Hoop Curves,” that promises to solve the problem of missed free throws. Unfortunately for pro players, it involves higher-order mathematics, cutting-edge technology and a basketball-throwing robot. Read more >

  • CAN ROBOTS SAVE THE US ECONOMY

    By Matthew Wisner via Fox Business

    Amid a growing debate over the use of robots in the American workforce--and the resulting loss of workers' jobs--Entropy Economics president Bret Swanson argues robots aren't killing the economy, but saving it. Read more >

  • A SILICON VALLEY STARTUP IS THE GUARDIAN OF THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF ROBOT LIFE

    By Ellen Huet via Bloomberg

    Depending on whom you ask, the Robot Operating System—or ROS—is kind of like the plumbing in a house. Or it’s like a set of Lego building blocks. Or the human nervous system. Read more >

  • WATCH BOSTON DYNAMICS’ DOG-LIKE ROBOT DO PARTY TRICKS

    By Justin Gmoser via Business Insider

    The SpotMini is a four-legged robot that was developed to learn what is possible with a mobile manipulation platform. Operations lead Seth Davis gave us a little insight into what makes this dog-like robot tick. Read more >

  • THE FORCE WAS STRONG IN THIS ROBOT COMPETITION

    By David L. Chandler via MIT News

    In one of MIT’s most eagerly awaited annual events, Thursday night dozens of robots designed and built by undergraduates in a mechanical engineering class endured hours of intense, boisterous, and often jubilant competition as they scrambled to rack up points in one-on-one clashes on special “Star Wars”-themed playing arenas. Read more >

  • VIDEO: HOW INTELLIGENT VISION SYSTEMS IMPROVE INDUSTRIAL ROBOTICS AUTOMATION

    By James Anderton via Engineering.com

    “A lot of our customers desire this capability because after an hour of inspecting the same thing over and over, people tend to make mistakes. Having a robot that does that for them is a much more robust way of ensuring quality for their end users.” Read more >

  • DELOITTE’S CEO HAD HER SON WATCH “THE JETSONS” TO SHOW HIM WE SHOULDN’T FEAR ROBOTS

    By Oliver Staley via Quartz

    When Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert’s son told her he worried there wouldn’t be a job for him when he graduated, the head of one of the largest accounting and consulting firms in the world did what any good parent would do: She sat him down in front of The Jetsons. Read more >

  • CHEAP ROBOTS ARE HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES SURVIVE

    By Thomas Black via Bloomberg

    Task Force Tips doesn’t fire anyone when it brings in a robot, McMillan said. Instead, people are re-trained for jobs such as machine operator or technician. That keeps morale up and allows employees to see the machines as an advantage, gadgets that can do menial chores humans find tedious. Read more >

  • AMAZON IS OFFERING $250,000 TO A TEAM THAT COMES UP WITH AN ADVANCED ROBOT FOR ITS WAREHOUSES

    By Arjun Kharpal via CNBC

    Amazon is offering $250,000 to teams who invent robots that could potentially work in their massive fulfillment centers, and it has chosen 16 finalists for a tournament it is organizing later this year. Read more >

  • RISE OF THE MACHINES: THE FUTURE OF ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION

    By Neil Gallant via Medical Plastics News

    By 2018, the Federation of Robotics predicts that there will be approximately 1.3 million industrial robots working in factories around the world. That’s less than two years away. Read more >