Baxter: The Future of Factory Automation

Our previous post discussed what future jobs could look like. Today we take a look at one example that’s ready to take over the jobs that are easily automated.

In this video we’re introduced to Baxter, a robot that can redefine manufacturing environments. It performs a variety of repetitive production tasks while safely and intelligently working alongside people.

How?
Baxter exhibits behavior-based ‘common sense,’ capable of sensing and adapting to its task and its environment. It doesn’t require complex programming or costly integration. And with its relatively low price point, Baxter provides a compelling alternative for manufacturers.

YES…
People will lose their jobs. But it’s a process that has happened throughout human history. Just think about blacksmiths, street lamp lighters, telegraph operators, milkmen, telephone operators, typist, elevator operators, … These are all jobs that became obsolete at some point in history. Everyone that lost their job retrained for some other occupation or just switched.
So NO, the majority won’t go hungry!

Inventions like these will become cheaper and smarter in the next few years and will drastically change the whole manufacturing industry!

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2 thoughts on “Baxter: The Future of Factory Automation

  1. I was just planning to post a blog on the future automation, you made it first._(:з」∠)_. I can’t agree you more on the job like milkman and so on were disappeared. This is something like the law of the jungle, the weaks are the prey of the strongs. Maybe in the coming century, the job, engineers will disappear as well, the machines can design and produce new machines themselves, the only input from human is the demand. I am just kidding, that would be too science-fictitious. What I hope is the job extinction rate can match the innovation rate, which can reduce the unemployment rate, but I know this is hard to realize…

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