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tzubair
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tzubair,
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11/28/2014 | 5:07:50 PM
Re: Smart way to approach robotics
"I think many folks are worried about how robotics will fit into the new technology that is entering the workforce, and having an approach like this where workers can use it to augment their roles, not replace them, could be a huge benefit."

@Stratustician: I agree. This approach will change the attitude that people have towards robots. In most industrial applications robots are usually feared because if they become succesful in performing the jobs that humans do, the human workers may be replaced. This approach of involving the robots to only assist the humans will cerrtainly improve the future of robotics.
Brian.Dean
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11/28/2014 | 5:00:37 PM
Re: Smart way to approach robotics
Robotics along with 3D printing and drones are developing at a fast pace. These technologies have the potential to change production and take it to a new level. The change might be gradual but the impact could be as beneficial as the industrial revolution -- an increase in the total number of jobs and quality of life. And in the future, BYOD might become bring-your-own-robot.
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11/28/2014 | 4:37:50 PM
Re: Smart way to approach robotics
Exactly, Stratustician.  A thought that I didn't find a logical place to work into the article is that this might make the traditional problem of being an apprentice to a skilled craftsman much less onerous (and thus more attractive to young people).  Even today people learning fine woodworking, stonecutting, stained glass, musical instrument building, and other ten-thousand-hour skills often spend a year or two degreasing, sweeping, polishing, cutting out rough blocks, etc. Some of the people "weeded out" by not being able to put up with a year as a broom pilot, box unpacker, or polish rag operator might be too impatient to learn the craft, but how many people just don't find that they are called to an occupation with an "initiation" of years of busywork.  Give that stuff to Baxter -- who costs much less than a successful skilled craftsman's car -- and let the learners learn!
Stratustician
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11/28/2014 | 1:59:08 PM
Smart way to approach robotics
I love this, instead of focusing on creating machines built for a specific purpose, and as mentioned run into expensive coding issues when that purpose changes, build a robot that can adapt.  I think many folks are worried about how robotics will fit into the new technology that is entering the workforce, and having an approach like this where workers can use it to augment their roles, not replace them, could be a huge benefit. Especially when it seems like they've figured out how to make it easy to repurpose the robot for other tasks, even if they are temporary. 
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