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HOW ROBOTS HELPED CREATE 100,000 JOBS AT AMAZON

"Thanks in part to more robots in its fulfillment centers, Amazon has been able to drive down shipping costs and pass those savings on to customers. Cheaper shipping made more people use Amazon, and the company hired more workers to meet this increased demand." via Singularity Hub Read More

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  • UBER IS BECOMING A ROBOTICS COMPANY, CEO SAYS

    By Liane Yvkoff via The Drive

    An UberEats driver is the person ferrying wood oven fired pizzas to customers' doors these days—but in the future, expect a robot to hand over that pie. That's because artificially intelligent machines and chatbots will eventually become the human interface for many services we use today, according to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Read more >

  • ROBOTS AND AI ARE COMING FOR OUR JOBS. CAN AUGMENTATION SAVE US FROM AUTOMATION?

    By Dyllan Furness via Digital Trends

    The so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution will transform the job market, eliminating over five million jobs in the next five years, according to the World Economic Forum. So what do we do, as humans? Augment ourselves. Read more >

  • AMID MANUFACTURING SHIFTS, SHOULD WORKING-CLASS MEN CONSIDER NON-TRADITIONAL ROLES

    By Robin Young via WBUR

    Sledgehammers, axes and dirty coveralls come to mind when you think of so-called "manly work." But are those jobs going away? Here & Now's Robin Young talks with Lance Compa, professor at Cornell University's Industrial and Labor Relations School, about President Trump's campaign promises and manufacturing jobs in the U.S. Read more >

  • ‘NEW APPROACH TO AUTOMATION’ USES ROBOTS TO CONTROL CELLS

    via Drives & Controls

    The platform draws on a concept used by developers of video games, called a “behaviour tree”, which depicts tasks graphically, making it easier to understand what a robot is doing at each step in a sequence, and to examine and adjust every parameter. Read more >

  • ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE-DRIVEN ROBOTS: MORE BRAINS THAN BRAWN

    By Jim Lawton via Forbes

    The 4th industrial revolution or Industry 4.0 will be built on robots that are more brains than brawn. These robots integrate physical and cognitive ability to do more than heavy, highly repetitive tasks. In the sophisticated, highly automated environments where manufacturing takes place, these behavior-based robots – fueled by new innovations in artificial intelligence (AI) – are changing the way factories are organized, operate and perform. Read more >

  • TOYOTA INDUSTRIES BUYS WAREHOUSING, ROBOTICS FIRM BASTIAN SOLUTIONS

    By Erica E. Phillips via MarketWatch

    Toyota Industries Corp. is acquiring Bastian Solutions LLC, an Indianapolis-based warehouse automation and robotics developer, as the Japanese manufacturer looks to enter the U.S. logistics market. Read more >

  • BUILDING TOWARD THE FACTORY OF THE FUTURE FROM THE BOTTOM UP

    By Jim Lawton via Modern Materials Handling

    In manufacturing and distribution, we’re at a pivotal point, where technology and process intersect to drive wholesale change in the way things get done. Broadly captured by the moniker “Industry 4.0”, this era will be built on information-driven operations that optimize efficiency, capacity and innovation. It won’t happen overnight. It won’t be seismic. It starts incrementally – at the work cell level, then rolls up across the factory site and ultimately out across global operations. Read more >

  • WE NEED ROBOTS TO TAKE OUR JOBS, ACCORDING TO JOHN MARKOFF

    By Eric Johnson via Recode

    Former New York Times technology reporter John Markoff used to think robots taking jobs was cause for alarm. Then, he found out that the working-age population in China, Japan, Korea and the U.S. was declining. Read more >

  • FEDEX BETS ON AUTOMATION AS IT PREPARES TO FEND OFF UBER AND AMAZON

    By Elizabeth Woyke via MIT Technology Review

    Rob Carter, FedEx’s chief information officer, says the shipping giant is considering small vehicles that could drive around neighborhoods and make deliveries without human drivers. Read more >

  • 3 TRENDS IN ROBOTICS THAT ARE CHANGING MANUFACTURING

    By Mariane Davids via Robotiq

    Predictions are stating that almost half of the world’s jobs could be performed by machines when we reach 2030. Instead of this resulting in displaced workers, collaborative robots can act as assistants to human workers.  It is expected they will be able to learn tasks by simply observing humans and then repeating that task over and over. This type of machine learning will ensure that people aren’t replaced by machines, but instead their lives are made easier by them. Read more >

  • NORTH AMERICAN ROBOT ORDERS UP 10% IN 2016

    By Larry Dignan via ZDNet

    In 2016, 34,606 robots were ordered in North America with a total market value of $1.9 billion. For the fourth quarter, robot orders hit 10,621 valued at $561 million, up 21 percent from a year ago. Read more >

  • MEXICO’S MANUFACTURING MARKET FUELS OPPORTUNITIES AND SUPPORT FOR ROBOTICS INDUSTRY

    By Brent Watters via Robotics Business Review

    As automotive, electronics, machinery, appliances, aerospace, and plastics production continues to grow in Mexico, so do the opportunities for U.S. and global robotics and advanced automation system stakeholders. Read more >

  • WHY U.S. ROBOTICS INDUSTRY MAY WIN FROM TRUMP’S FACTORY JOBS PUSH

    By Russell Flannery via Forbes

    President Trump has highlighted the benefits to American factory workers when talking about renegotiating trade pacts and pressuring U.S. businesses to keep plants at home.  Yet other groups that may be greatly affected are suppliers of robotics and automation products. Read more >