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Hand-wringing hides the fact that Mexico is employing more, and fewer are coming to work in the U.S.

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) cites that between 2010 and 2016, 136,748 robots were shipped to the US —the most in any seven-year period in the US robotics industry. At the same ...
18 July 2017, by

CBS News outlines jobs and robotics debate; IFR fills in gaps

CBS News, and reporter David Pogue, displayed some new technologies threatening jobs, while the International Federation of Robotics suggested that deploying robots actually increases jobs. Are either...
13 April 2017, by

To really help US workers, invest in robots

America’s manufacturing heyday is gone, and so are millions of jobs, lost to modernization. Despite what Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin might think, the National Bureau of Economic Research and S...
31 March 2017, by

The infrastructure of life part 2: Transparency

Part 2: Autonomous Systems and Transparency In my previous post I argued that a wide range of AI and Autonomous Systems (from now on I will just use the term AS as shorthand for both) should be reg...
03 February 2017, by

How will farmers and robots work together?

Let's assume, for a moment, that the vision I've laid out in this blog is ridiculously successful, and, over the next few decades, robotic devices take over all aspects of tending land and crops and h...
03 February 2017, by

Factory move to U.S. creates jobs with help from robot workforce

By investing $6 million in robots, Bicycle Corporation of America (BCA) was able to take back 10% of their manufacturing from China and place it into a new factory in Manning, South Carolina employin...
25 January 2017, by



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Combining automation and mobility to create a smarter world

By: Catherine Marguerite | Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Daniela Rus loves Singapore. As the MIT professor sits down in her Frank Gehry-designed office in Cambridge, Massachus...
20 January 2017, by

De-automation is a thing

We tend to assume that automation is a process that continues - that once some human activity has been automated there's no going back. That automation sticks. But, as Paul Mason pointed out in a rece...
29 December 2016, by

White House report: Artificial intelligence, automation, and the economy

The White House released a new report on the ways that artificial intelligence will transform the US economy over the coming years and decades....
22 December 2016, by

Robots may save the global economy

A recent article in The Washington Post by Morgan Stanley strategist and author of "The Rise and Fall of Nations" Ruchir Sharma, provides a nuanced overview of the issues of jobs, robots, productivi...
13 December 2016, by

US auto industry installed 135,000 robots and added 230,000 jobs

In the last six years, (2010–2015), according to the IFR (International Federation of Robotics), US industry has installed around 135,000 new industrial robots. The principal driver is automation ...
24 November 2016, by

Craft breweries and robots

Craft brewing could be the perfect industry for collaborative robots. But, does automation mean losing your artisan status? We find how craft breweries can use robotics to scale-up their business with...
23 November 2016, by and

Schiaparelli, are you there? The high risks of space robotics again crash home

In Darmstadt, Germany, European Space Agency (ESA) teams are scrambling to confirm contact with the Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM), Schiaparelli—the spectre of Philae still hau...
20 October 2016, by

Automation should complement professional expertise, not replace it

Will your next doctor be an app? A cost-cutting NHS wants more patients to act as “self-carers,” with some technologized assistance. A series of flowcharts and phone trees might tell parents whose...
19 October 2016, by

The Robot Economy: Interview with MEP Mady Delvaux

In our final interview in The Robot Economy series, we speak with Mady Delvaux, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and Chair of the Working Group on robotics. Mady has written an extensive draft ...
08 October 2016, by

The Robot Economy: Interview with Alan Manning

In today’s interview, we sat down with Alan Manning, Professor of Labour Economics at the London School of Economics. He is a leading author in his field, particularly in understanding the imperfect...
27 September 2016, by

From flying shuttles to rolling robots, automated supply chains are almost here

From Amazon’s delivery drones to self-driving cars, autonomous factory equipment to Elon Musk’s 760 mph vacuum tubes – automated vehicles are on the rise. Even beyond the grounds of pri...
02 September 2016, by

The Robot Economy: Interview with Alan Winfield

Robots and their impact on the economy is on the forefront of everyone’s mind. Will robots increase productivity and jobs, improve society, and will wealth be shared? To address this question, we’...
24 August 2016, by

NPR podcasts discuss automation and the future of work

National Public Radio (NPR) has published a series of stories about robots and the future of employment in the U.S. and abroad. It begins with the story about the Luddites war on industry and a more ...
04 August 2016, by

5 innovation challenges in materials transport

by: Meghan Hennessey Walk into any manufacturing facility today. Forklifts and AGVs may be in operation serving specific parts of the manufacturing floor, but you’ll also see hundreds of people a...
18 March 2016, by

Automation, not domination: How robots will take over our world

The first question people tend to ask when they find out you are a roboticist is, “When are robots going to take over the world and become our masters?” The answer to this question is a big “Ne...
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