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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Robotic Workforce

Robots are quickly replacing the human workforce in dangerous, risky and hazardous jobs. New jobs are being transferred quickly to a new robotic workplace in all phases of work. In the US Amazon's national warehouse sorting venture has employed them effectively. Even China, with an aging human workforce is moving quickly to replace humans with machines. One thing is for sure, robots have no need for workers' compensation. Today's post is shared from

On a recent morning Natanel Dukan walked into the Paris offices of the French robot maker Aldebaran and noticed one of the company’s humanoid NAO robots sitting on a chair. Mr. Dukan, an electrical engineer, could not resist. Bending over, he kissed the robot on the cheek. In response the NAO tilted its head, touched his cheek and let out an audible smack.
It is certainly a very French application for a robot, but the intimate gesture by the $16,000, two-foot robot, now being used in academic research labs and robotic soccer leagues, also reflects a significant shift.
Until recently, most robots were carefully separated from humans. They have largely been used in factories to perform repetitive tasks that required speed, precision and force. That generation of robots is dangerous, and they have been caged and fenced for the protection of workers.
But the industrial era of robotics is over. And robots are beginning to move around in the world.
More and more, they are also beginning to imitate — and...
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