Robots in the Workplace


The Revenge: Timo Boll vs. KUKA Robot

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Last year, Timo Boll challenged the KUKA KR AGILUS in his area of expertise: table tennis. Are you "Team AGILUS", supporting one of the fastest robots on earth? The KUKA KR AGILUS is unrivaled in his payload class and offers a lot of other talents, too, e.g. Or are you "Team Timo", backing Timo Boll, the terrific German table tennis star and brand ambassador for KUKA Robotics?


Audi's new A8 shows how robocars can work with humans WIRED

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In 2012 the engineers working on Google's self-driving car realized they had a problem. Early testers had agreed to always watch the road in case of emergencies, but many didn't--and it put them at serious risk. This is what's known as the handoff problem: how to alert and engage the distracted human when the computer falters. Bypass the issue by building a vehicle that operates entirely on its own.


Future Robots In The Workplace Are Coming For Retail Jobs

International Business Times

In addition, the rise of mobile ordering and payment pioneered by Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) which has been adopted by many other chains takes work away from human workers. That, however, won't be the case for every chain, as in many cases robots and automaton will lead to fewer human workers. While the rise of automation and robots won't be immediate or complete, they will eliminate jobs that traditionally went to lower-skilled workers. The Motley Fool recommends CVS Health.


See & Spray AI agricultural robot approaching the speed of sight

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Watch Blue River Technology's See & Spray machine rapidly improve during 6 months of development, from office testing to lettuce weeding to cotton weeding- from Sunnyvale to Arkansas. The See & Spray machine identifies all the plants in the field and precisely applies herbicide only to the weeds. This approach reduces herbicide use by up to 90% while offering improved efficacy and better stewardship.


Deploying Constraint Programming for Testing ABB's Painting Robots

AI Magazine

Open Access Subscription Access Deploying Constraint Programming for Testing ABB's Painting Robots Morten Mossige, Arnaud Gotlieb, Hein Meling Abstract This report explores the use of constraint programming for the validation of ABB Robotics' painting robots. This report explores the use of constraint programming for the validation of ABB Robotics' painting robots.


Germany's biggest industrial robotics company is working on consumer robots The Verge

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You might not have heard of Kuka, but you'll almost certainly know its products. The German firm is one of the world's top manufacturers of industrial robots, and its robot arms are instantly recognizable thanks to their signature orange livery. But in the future, Kuka's robots might become an even more familiar sight, with the company saying it's now exploring the world of consumer robotics.


China's strategic plan for a robotic future is working: 500 Chinese robot companies

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Research firms predicting dramatic growth for the domestic Chinese robotics industry are also predicting very low-cost devices. "We aim to increase the market share of homegrown servomotors, speed reducers and control panels in China to over 30 percent by 2018 or 2019," said Qu Xianming, an expert with the National Manufacturing Strategy Advisory Committee, which advises the government on plans to upgrade the manufacturing sector. The CRIA (China Robot Industry Alliance), and other sources, proffer the number to be closer to 800. Further note that The Robot Report's database doesn't contain companies that just use robots; it focuses on those involved in making robots.]


Why Future Robots In The Workplace Might Pay Taxes

International Business Times

Capitalism works reasonably well as an economic system - provided that human beings are required to do effectively all of the labor. The workers won, the company won, it was a positive sum game. Surely companies should pay back into the system via taxation in order to offset the amount of money they are no longer paying their employees. A guaranteed basic income (see Is the World Ready for a Guaranteed Basic Income?


How Future Robots In The Workplace Might Take Over Customer Service

International Business Times

Georgia Tech's College of Computing offers an online Knowledge Based AI course to 300 students each semester staffed by a professor and eight teaching assistants (TA). Ashok Goel, computer science professor at Georgia Tech, estimates that within one year, Watson's TA identity will be able to answer 40% of the questions submitted, and the majority of students to date didn't realize that their assistance wasn't coming from a human source. Online florist 1-800-FLOWERS.COM (NASDAQ:FLWS) launched its chatbot to help customers place an order or connect them with a human customer service representative. A recent survey of 5,000 consumers conducted by LivePerson, Inc (NASDAQ:LPSN), a leading provider of mobile and online messaging solutions, found that 55% of consumers would prefer a bot over a human, but only in situations where the bot is just as accurate as a human representative.


New Report Highlights Dangers of Hacked Factory Robots

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Rather, they were exploring how malevolent hackers might compromise various kinds of industrial robots, whose number is expected to reach 2.6 million units worldwide by 2019. But increasingly industrial robots are being designed to work alongside human workers, and such collaborative robots, or cobots, could present unique safety issues should their software be compromised. "Indeed, industrial robots--originally conceived to be isolated--have evolved and are now exposed to corporate networks and the Internet," write the report's authors, who examined scans of the Internet and easily found many examples of connected industrial robots. Another eye-opener for me was learning that "[s]ome vendors implement safety features such as emergency stop (e-stop) buttons in software."