A humanoid robot designed to work safely alongside people on factory production lines has been unveiled in the US. Priced at $22,000 (£13,500), Baxter will go on sale in October. 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. Currently factory robots tend to work separately to humans, often in cages. 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".
As Samsung tries to navigate through its Galaxy Note 7 mess, an executive is speaking directly to customers. In a message posted tonight, Samsung America President & COO Tim Baxter puts a personal face to the recall, continuing Samsung's promise that new, less-volatile Galaxy Note 7s will be available "no later than September 21st." We'll see if the company is able to stick to that, but according to Baxter, an unnamed outside lithium battery expert affirmed Samsung's findings on the safety of battery cells in the new units. Once those new phones hit the streets, ZDNet reports that you'll be able to tell the difference because the battery indicator at the top right corner of the screen will be green instead of white. In Korea, exchanges are supposed to begin on the 19th, the first business day back after the local Thanksgiving holiday.
Quietly, in the background, robots are getting smarter. So much smarter that they may soon be able to accomplish a lot of our work for us. They can drive us and our stuff around, manufacture a lot of that stuff, prepare our meals and care for our elderly and infirm. This is not to say they will take over the world, but they are certainly poised to increase their population exponentially. In the forefront should be our concerns about the social upheavals that will accompany this radical change in the economics of labor.
After a month on the run from police, Steve Baxter was finally found living rough on a secluded stretch of beach less than two miles from the spot where he had stabbed his friend to death. The 52-year-old said he had evaded detection by living off seaweed and mussels, and sleeping in a tent and a cave, after Simon Clark, 54, was killed in the fight at a caravan site in Pendine, Carmarthenshire. The murder trial at Swansea Crown Court was told Baxter and Mr Clark had been neighbours at the site, where some residents engaged in an "alternative lifestyle". But when Mr Clark's body was found in the doorway of his caravan on 28 September, a widespread manhunt began with Baxter at the centre of it. Mr Clark had been stabbed in the chest during a violent struggle the night before.
The future of industry is digital. GE and BI Studios have co-created Digital Industry Insider, dedicated to bringing you what you need to know about digital industrial news and events. The reality is somewhere in between. In 2016, hulking machines are still executing heavy duty tasks, but humanoid types are increasingly working alongside humans on assembly lines. Manufacturing isn't that different from everyday life-smart robots are showing up in factories just as they're invading our homes.