Robots are being increasingly utilized in the medical field. But this is not new. For over 30 years, they have been supporting patient care in healthcare facilities worldwide. Perhaps the best-known robot-based system from this “pioneer era” is the da Vinci Surgical System. Despite this “tradition,” however, the age of medical robotics has only just begun, as a new breed of sensitive and collaborative robots is poised to shape the future of robotics in medicine.
The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) is the primary global resource for data on robotics. While the worldwide figures on industrial robotics are considered to be accurate, those for service robotics are seen only as trend indicators and are often underestimated
OP-ED – Robots and artificial intelligence promise to improve the way we sort and recover waste. This will not be enough, however: we must also rethink the way we produce and consume. On 18 January 2019, the French government signed the “Waste Transformation and Recovery” industry contract, which makes digital, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies a cornerstone of the industry’s global competitiveness.
Like many other industries, the packaging sector constantly adapts to market requirements. Changes are being influenced by factors such as regulation, skills shortages and digital transformation. To turn these challenges into opportunities, innovative companies are increasingly relying on solutions such as human-robot collaboration and the use of artificial intelligence to manage intensive data processing.
The concept of “disruptive innovation” was introduced by Clayton M. Christensen in his 1997 book The Innovator’s Dilemma. Alongside this, “paradigm”, has taken on a broader connotation in the philosophy of science since Thomas S. Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Despite the unprecedented speed and amplitude of technological innovation, the term “disruption” has given way to the word “transformation”. This is not only a question of semantics, but a position that fundamentally shapes the questions we ask.
While the European Commission today feels it is necessary to specify a set of rules, namely in terms of liability, transparency and accountability for AI and robotics companies, 220 experts in robotics and Artificial Intelligence ethics signed an open letter in April 2018 to dissuade the Commission from making robots legally liable for their acts or omissions.
Generally speaking, cleaning activities entail a great variety of manual tasks requiring the people who carry them out to be highly mobile. Many robotic or mobile handling systems could be of interest in this type of situation. The very context of cleaning requires systems that are simple to implement with minimum constraints for operators.
Industry 4.0 is all about streamlining the manufacturing/production process and the supply chain by incorporating new technologies such as sensors, IoT, informatics, digital, AI, connectivity, 3D printing, robotics and others. Industry 4.0 is obviously highly technological, with an aim of efficiency, and humans may or may not be physically present in the process. It involves practical execution of manufacturing. Optimization does not only mean improved productivity, of course. By focusing on humans, Industry 4.0 above all helps to eliminate overly strenuous or mind-numbing work.