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Robot Baxter joins factory line

A humanoid robot designed to work safely alongside people on factory production lines has been unveiled in the US. Its makers, Rethink Robotics, say it can apply common sense, adapt to its environment and be trained in less than 30 minutes to complete specific tasks, by workers without robotic expertise. Rodney Brooks, Rethink Robotics founder and former director of the MIT Computer and Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, said he hoped Baxter represented a "new concept in manufacturing". According to the International Federation of Robotics there are now 1.1 million working robots in the world.

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