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Will Robots Help or Replace?

As robots get better at performing fine motor skills and connecting with input data, they can be used in places where humans only worked before.

Fetch Robotics has a couple robots that help pick orders that are made up of the things we buy online everyday.  One of the robots follows behind a human picker walking the warehouse. The other robot is autonomous and can navigate the warehouse doing it’s own low level order picking.

You can read an MIT article about it here.

And you can watch this video with Fetch CEO Melonee Wise.

Robots Improving Production Stats

Last week Brookings wrote about new research showing robotics and automation are having a significant impact on labor productivity and economic growth.  Much of the macroeconomic research on the impact of robotic automation has  been anecdotal and less revealing until now, according to Brookings.

Brookings reports that the use of robots within manufacturing was responsible for 10% of GDP growth between 1993 and 2007 according to a study that looked at 14 industries in 17 countries. A pretty incredible number considering robots only accounted for 2.25% of total assets in the industries studied.

Check out the full article here.

Labor Productivity

Graph from the Brookings Article: http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/the-avenue/posts/2015/04/27-robots-growth-statistics-andes-muro

 

 

 

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