Before we make our way into 2017, here’s a quick look back at five recent headlines on collaborative robots and the factory of the future, followed by a holiday nod in the form of our robot mannequin challenge video. Enjoy and we’ll reconnect in the New Year.
Mark Cuban to Donald Trump: Be the Robotics President – “His call was aimed at Trump’s plan to invest $1 trillion in American infrastructure. Cuban advocates for $100 billion of the proposed funding to be invested in robotics.” via Fortune
Here’s Your First Tech Buzzword of 2017: ‘Brownfield’ – “It may not be the sexiest idea to make preexisting technologies such as tractors ‘smart,’ but the potential payoff is staggering.” via Recode
These Are The Robots Who Are Fulfilling Your Christmas Orders – “Robots are working alongside people in more warehouses, though creators say they’re not taking human jobs . . . yet.” via Fast Company
Commentary: Don’t fear the robots; they won’t kill jobs – “…the new jobs panic is exaggerated and misplaced. For one thing, political and social caution may block some of the potential uses, such as self-driving cars. For another, many jobs will continue to require a blend of skills, flexibility and judgement that is difficult to automate.” via Reuters
The Robot Revivial – “…advancements in the form of small, light-weight collaborative robots, cloud analytics and artificial intelligence are ushering in a new era of robot applications and collaboration that will support a wide variety of industries. Industry observers say these new robot systems will transform the way products are made, as well as the way people work. via Automation World
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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.