Saturday, December 6, 2008

World of Robotics

With all the ongoing discussions of auto bailouts, it is interesting to see how the automotive robots are fast replacing the human workers. Once a work flow is designed, it is pretty much repetitive work that can be automated. This work flow has been automated through the use of robotics for not only its cost savings, but also in order to achieve a higher degree of precision, reliability and time to complete. Toyota manufacturing plant in Kentucky claims to produce a vehicle in 20 hours! Here is another interesting video of the Nissan Factory in UK, which claims to produce a car in 8.12 hours by the combined labor of 2680 workers. This not only applies to the automotive industry, but to any process that can be automated, as evidenced by this video of food processing plants.

And here is a very interesting robot named Asimo, made by Honda that can walk, run, and even dance!

Here is Boston Dynamics Big Dog with amazing agility.

And there is hope for the thrill seeking aspects of robots.

The morale of the story is that the need for continuous training and education in this day and age cannot be over emphasized. Whatever you current profession is, its better to learn a new skill that will prepare you for the jobs of tomorrow.

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