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To Walmart executives, the Auto-C self-driving floor scrubber is the future of retail automation – a multimillion-dollar bet that advanced robots will optimize operations, cut costs and revolutionize the American superstore. But to the workers of Walmart Supercenter No. 937 in Marietta, Georgia, the machine has a different label: “Freddy,” named for a janitor the store let go shortly before the Auto-C rolled to life.
The United States lags behind other countries in readiness for an increasingly automated world, placing ninth on a ranking of 25 advanced economies, according to a new report from Swiss technology giant ABB.
Most Americans believe their jobs are safe from the spread of automation and robotics, at least during their lifetimes, and only a handful says automation has cost them a job or loss of income.
Why do business with a company that refuses to speak to you? Regardless of how much information is available online and on the phone, if I pay for a service, I expect to receive service – from a real person.
Trying to save jobs by protecting old jobs from new technologies and other productivity-enhancing changes is self-defeating.
Who gets to choose the technological future? How does this change us as a society? And what will it mean to be human?
The study by Navigant Consulting, a Chicago firm with deep roots in the auto industry, ranked 18 companies that are developing a “full stack” of hardware and software for completely autonomous cars, casting judgments on their progress and prospects.
Ford’s investment plans highlight how the auto industry is at the vanguard of this brave new robotic world. But make no mistake: The rest of us should be looking over our shoulders.
Researchers in Southwestern Idaho are developing technology for a robot they believe could help specialty crop growers manage their crops and reduce labor costs. The aim of "IdaBot" is a low-cost way to help farmers control input costs through the use of robotic automation, said Northwest Nazarene...
There are now nearly a million more factory jobs in this country than there were in 2010. Many of them are coming – surprise, surprise – from China.
Although innovation hurts some industries and workers, it helps others by inspiring new products or reducing prices.
There’s a sports writing revolution going on out there and it doesn’t involve sportswriters – thanks to “automation technology,” sports articles are now being written by, uh, computers. Two companies – Durham, N.C.-based Automated Insights and Chicago-based Narrative Science – are aiming to make sportswriters the next dinosaurs. These companies transfer data into written reports, rendering obsolete the ink-stained wretch sitting in a press box eating free hot dogs.
Matrical Bioscience in Spokane has been sold for about $10 million to Brooks Automation, a publicly traded company. Matrical manufactures machines that can manage thousands of tubes and vials that contain pharmaceuticals or tissue samples.
PROSSER, Wash. — A Washington State University researcher has received a grant allowing him to develop an apple-picking robot.
The Post Falls branch of Kimball Office was one of five businesses this year declared “Pollution Prevention Champions” by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.