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Impact of New Generation Robots

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I was stunned when I first met the collaborative Robot Sawyer at the Imagine 2030 Supply Chain Insights Summit in September this year.  All I could think was how many jobs will these guys take.  The list of features is awesome but for me the three pivotal features were: Sawyer doesn’t need to be programmed to do a task, you show it. Sawyer can safely operate alongside human workers, without light curtains or guard rails I was expecting Sawyer to cost $300K.  I was shocked to find that he starts at $29K Together with Sawyer’s big brother Baxter, these bad…

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Meet Sawyer and Baxter at the Digital Showcase

Now Hiring…..Robots.

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When I was growing up everyone watched the Jetsons. We dreamed of the promise that robots would bring us a better life in the not too distant future.  Movies like Robocop, Short Circuit, and of course Star Wars paved our imagination. We envisioned a life where mechanical men would improve life—doing jobs we couldn’t or didn’t want to do, provide quirky companionship, or even open new frontiers by stepping forth into the abyss.  Movies like Terminator and Blade Runner played on our fear of losing control of the robot: but, we had Isaac Asimov telling us not to worry.  All…

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