Neil Jacobsohn Drone ships set to sail the seas

There';s been plenty of news lately about drones and their emerging uses - with Amazon even posting the idea that drones may one day be used to deliver your online orders right to your doorstep. But Rolls Royce has more than a foot in the water. The company is developing unmanned "drone" cargo ships that could dramatically changing the world of international freight. And how appropriate is this week's MindBullet in the light of this news?
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Posted: 27 February 2014 at 09:17

Roel Castelein GTM Strategy

Question is probably When, not If. But what to do with the millions of unemployed people? Maybe organize massive organ farms?
Posted: 27 February 2014 at 10:42

Max Burger Listed companies related to robotics

who has suggestions for listed companies in the space?
Posted: 28 February 2014 at 09:52

Doug Vining Listed companies related to robotics

Here's a story about Mitsubishi and other Japanese companies getting into robotics:
http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Trends/Robots-can-open-doors-for-more-Japanese-exports
Posted: 28 February 2014 at 12:20

Doug Vining Google robots and Facebook drones

Is Facebook on a mission to compete with Google in the acquisition race? Are they buying up this drone maker before Google can grab it? At least these drones have a specific purpose, acting as low-orbit communication satellites, which aligns with Facebook's broader mission of connecting to everyone on the planet.

I am surprised though, that Google hasn't acquired any drone specialists for its robot army. With so many leading robotics developers in their stable, you'd expect them to get into flying robots too. Especially since they recently rented the giant Hanger One next door to the Googleplex from NASA. Oh wait, maybe they'll just buy drones and develop their own software to fly them, like they did with the Google Car.
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Posted: 4 March 2014 at 06:57

Harry Shaw Re:LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK

Good I say. They will carry out the tasks we were genetically created and engineered to do. The created becoming the creator. Very interesting.
Posted: 5 March 2014 at 11:24

Piet Venema And the jobless?

And what will happen to the already billions that cannot find a job?
Posted: 5 March 2014 at 16:06

Neil Jacobsohn And the jobless?

This is one of the greatest challenges facing us today - the prospect of a jobless future. We have to redefine work - see it as an output to be delivered however, rather than a place to go to, We have to recognise that machines will take the bottom of the value chain (and in some cases the top) so we need to identify what we, as individuals and as companies, can do to move ourselves up that chain. It's worth going to the TED website and watching Erik Brynjolffsen's talk on his new book, "Race Against the Machine" (and worth getting the book).
Posted: 5 March 2014 at 16:10

Doug Vining The second machine age

"The first machine age not only boosted human living standards, but was also complementary to human labor. In the second machine age, we expect another boost in living standards but it’s unclear whether the new technologies are going to be complements or substitutes to human labor."
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Posted: 14 March 2014 at 08:10

Doug Vining Google gets its drone on

Perhaps upstaging Facebook, Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the maker of those solar powered drones that can fly high enough to act as comms satellites. Guess that means we'll be seeing the Googlenet come alive sooner rather than later.
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Posted: 16 April 2014 at 16:03

Neil Jacobsohn Flying robots inspired by nature

Biomimicry - emulating nature's amazingly efficient designs - is an emerging science, but an important one that deserves more attention than it is getting. Read how scientists are building flying robots inspired by nature.
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Posted: 26 May 2014 at 11:01

Anton Musgrave Morals for Robots - it's time to think about this!

With advances in smart robots, self learning systems, the internet of everything and other supporting disruptive technologies, the debate on what robots should be allowed to do, develop etc is rapidly becoming important. Where will this lead society and human kind? The upside is truly spectacular but so is the downside! And there is, as always, no one right answer!
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Posted: 8 July 2014 at 08:05

Doug Vining Robots reading the news

The robots are coming:

"South Korea deploys jellyfish-terminating robots, while a robot with artificial intelligence able to analyse market trends has become a company director in Hong Kong."

We've published a number of MindBullets about our robotic future. The one attached to this post is the most recent. Just search MindBullets for 'Robot' to find the others!
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Posted: 21 July 2014 at 14:27

Doug Vining Cybernetic ship builders

Every day seems to bring more news on the robotics front. Here's a test of robotic limbs to assist people with heavy work.

Doesn't this look just like something out of a sci-fi movie?



Picture:Daewoo
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Posted: 6 August 2014 at 16:34

Neil Jacobsohn Robots arise

Some really interesting stats and graphics on the rise of robotics in the manufacturing workspace. And inevitably, human jobs are in decline. Will the militant trade unions ever get the message? As MIT's Professor Eric Brynjolffson has argued, it's not the race against the machine; it's the race with the machine. New skills, new jobs, moving up the value chain and leaving the drudge, repetitive work to machines. See our MindBullet alongside too.
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Posted: 18 August 2014 at 10:36

Doug Vining Robots arise

And if you really want to work in tandem with a machine, how about this strap-on muscle machine from Japan? It makes it easy to do real heavy lifting:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/12/japanese-muscle-suit-makes-light-work-heavy-lifting-care-workers
Posted: 18 August 2014 at 12:23

Doug Vining Robot farm workers

You may have heard us expound on the concept of precision agriculture, where drones do aerial surveys of the fields, and robots precisely manage the crop production. This trend is advancing faster than we thought. Here's a slideshow of 27 agricultural robots who have recently joined the workforce, from the enormous, specialized LettuceBot to the utility BoniRob, a lightweight field robot capable of working in swarms with others like it for weeding, applying fertilizer, and other ag tasks.

And the human farm workers become 'embedded system engineers'! The BoniRob in particular, reminds me of our MindBullet from years ago: NETWORKED ROBOTS ALL OVER MY HOUSE AND GARDEN - dateline 2015!


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Posted: 28 January 2015 at 09:48

Doug Vining Let robots do the work

Don't worry if a robot takes your job. You can do something else. That's the new message from economists and analysts:

"There will be a displacement and there will be a repositioning of people into jobs that we don’t even have today that we will have in the future. If you look back in history, you’ll see that this disruption has been going on for some time. Not as fast as what we’re currently experiencing, but nonetheless there."

This debate will continue!
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Posted: 29 July 2015 at 09:41

Doug Vining Nuclear proof robots clean up

When it's too dangerous for human workers to clean up toxic spills, or radiation leaks like Fukushima, then it's time to send in the robots. Now the British are finally getting to grips with Sellafield, which was the site of the world's first nuclear disaster, the Windscale fire more than 50 years ago. Much of remains of that blowup have not been touched because of the high radiation levels. At last the droids are being brought in, in the biggest decommissioning and clean up to date, expected to take 100 years!
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Posted: 26 August 2015 at 13:30

Doug Vining Google still on the droid track

Google is selling off the maker of it's scariest robots, Boston Dynamics, but is still heavily invested and interested in other robotic developments. The Atlas humanoid robot, which can walk on mud and snow is amazing, but probably doesn't have enough commercial value in the short term for Google, so they're looking at industrial systems and automation that can leverage machine learning.

Rest assured that there will come a time when robots do all the dirty, dangerous work, like mining, combat and cleaning up toxic spills. Why put humans at risk?
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Posted: 29 March 2016 at 12:33

Doug Vining Robots are the future

Robots are coming to take jobs - but first they are going to take the dull and dangerous jobs. This article makes the case for why increased automation won't be doom and gloom for workers. Whatever happens, disruption to 'business as usual' is guaranteed!
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Posted: 2 May 2016 at 11:27

Doug Vining Automation is a helping hand

It's pretty obvious that people would prefer machines or robots to do the '3D' work - Dull, Dangerous and Dirty. That gives humans the chance to do more important, rewarding and cleaner things, creative stuff. But what about getting robots to help you do your tricky industrial work? Machines that assist humans, acting as co-workers or 'cobots' are the new fashion in industrial automation. Maximizing human potential - doesn't that sound a whole lot better than robots taking your job?

"The cobots didn't replace any employees," says Peter Felke, President of Kay Manufacturing, which purchased UR's 25,000th unit, in a joint statement with UR. "We were able to meet increased production demand with our existing work force, and we saved twenty minutes of operator time per hour, all while improving our ergonomic work environment and freeing up our staff to handle more value-added tasks."
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Posted: 12 September 2018 at 12:09

Doug Vining Robots for the boring work

Ever heard of the 'physical cloud'? This article suggests that "Autonomous warehouses will merge with autonomous manufacturing and delivery to form a fully automated supply chain."

How far into the future do we have to go to see the conclusion of this Megatrend? Will we be ready, as business and society?
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Posted: 22 October 2018 at 14:37
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