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This Is Robotics: Radio News

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PLEASE JOIN US for the podcast premier program of This Is Robotics: Radio News, a fresh, new and lively look at our wonderful world of global robotics…technology, business and people.

The lineup for our premier show includes:
BACK TO THE FUTURE WITH SURGICAL ROBOTS
Oh, boy, new millionaires will be made

WHEN THE ROBOT BURNS THE TOAST
Toyota Research Institute’s kitchen robots

THE DEMISE OF DUMB
The rise of “smart” robots for factory and warehouse

UNINTENDED COINCIDENCE has our premier program coinciding with National Kiss & Make Up Day (seriously, look it up) 

In honor of NKMU Day, Radio News will take a look at the human fascination & repulsion for sex robots.

SEX ROBOTS WILL NEVER MAKE YOU CRY
The allure, fascination and repulsion for humanity’s new best friend

THE FOUR MOST REVOLUTIONARY ROBOTS OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM
We have our picks. What about yours?

FUTURE REVOLUTIONARIES: THREE TOP ROBOT CONTENDERS
Three contenders for the “most revolutionary” list ten years from now. 

The lineup for podcast #2 includes:

THE TROUBLE WITH COBOTS
Arguably the most important advance in robotics in the last 50 years has got a problem: sales. Why is that? Important and far-reaching consequences of those puny sales are a major concern for manufacturing and productivity.

THE FANTASTIC FIVE
Five fascinating robot innovations from Asia, each with a massive upside for the global robotics industry.

CHINA AND ITS INLAND TRADING PARTNERS: ITS SUPERCITIES!
Morgan Stanley fanned out 30 researchers across China to take the automation pulse of five unique regions. The results are fascinating.

WORLD ROBOTICS THROUGH THE YEAR 2030
Boston Consulting Group has put an interesting lens to the next decade of robotics, highlighting “seven unfolding developments that will influence the direction of robotics in the next ten years.”

The lineup for podcast #3 includes:

AMAZON, ASTRO AND OUR LIVING ROOMS
Is Amazon about to crack the code on how to make a mobile robot a part of the family? Amazon shocked the robotics world in 2012 with Kiva, then again in 2015 with Alexa, and maybe now is gearing up for a trifecta.

PHILOSOPHY MEETS THE WORLD OF AI, ROBOTICS AND BIG DATA
We’ll visit the resumes of philosophy majors to see how they are uniquely qualified for the world of AI, robotics and big data. Yes, you heard right: philosophers.

 INTERNATIONAL INTERNET DAY: WRONG DATE, WRONG PEOPLE…
Every October 29th International Internet Day is celebrated around the world, but did you know that it’s the wrong date, the wrong people, and the wrong computers? Larry Roberts and Tom Marill did it first in February of 1966, three years earlier than 1969 event celebrated widely. And the reason why Larry and Tom did it is absolutely fascinating.

 SPACE JUNK & ROBOTS
We’ll visit with Space Junk in Low-Earth Orbit. Whether it’s mom’s dinner table or outer space, we haven’t learned to clean up after ourselves. Meet the robots that want to take on the chore.

 THE IMPORTANCE OF MACHINE TOOLS TO EVERYTHING
We’ll peer into the wonderful world of machine tools—tools that make tools, without which there are no robots, automation or smart factories. There are only three countries that dominate. Perish the thought that we have a trade war with any one of them.

The lineup for podcast #4:

PITTSBURGH: HOW ROBOTICS SAVED A CITY 
By 2000, 29 steel companies in Pittsburgh had declared bankruptcy, cratering its middleclass, and any future upon which the great city might have had hopes to grow and thrive. How did robotics bring the city back from the dead?

Pittsburgh: From Dying Steel Town to Global Robotics Hub by Henry Lenard

IS THIS THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMRS?
Unless you’ve been under a rock somewhere, you’ve undoubtedly heard the noise of their wheels and the rush of their whizzing by you, either on TV news, YouTube, or better, in person. What you’re seeing and hearing is the future arriving in a hurry. They’re called AMRs, robotics newest celebrities, autonomous mobile robots.

GLOBAL ROBOTICS PATENTS: THE PATENT WARS!
Patent activity is a useful indicator of technological progress and innovation in robotics. “Between 2005 and 2019, 72,618 robotics patents were granted worldwide.” Who is leading, who is on the rise, and who are the also-rans? 

In other words, the patent wars! Who’s winning? Let’s take a look.

THREE BREAKTHROUGHS: CAPSULE ROBOTICS, THE ALL-ROBOT AUTO PLANT, AND THE DEXTEROUS, FIVE-FINGERED COBOT HAND
Instrument-free, noninvasive diagnosis and therapy inside the digestive tract will be performed through a new branch of robotics: capsule robotics.

In Japan, it seems that only “smart” robots need apply for work at Nissan’s brand new “intelligent” auto plant.

What’s the next big breakthrough tech for the cobot. How about a dexterous, sophisticated five-fingered hand?

The lineup for podcast #5 “The People Program” includes:

THE IMPORTANCE OF AN END-OF-YEAR “PEOPLE PROGRAM”
This Is Robotics: Radio News proudly concludes its 2021 podcast programming season with The People Program: Robotics and Automation Are Really All About People, Unless We Give Up On Ourselves! …Will We?

CHINA’S CHRISTMAS MIRACLE AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR ROBOTICS
The first story in today’s People Program is as fantastic as it is true. It’s called China’s Christmas Miracle.  What this event meant for robotics and automation is incalculable. Funny things happen when you give people hope. This is a story about hope. China’s best-ever Christmas gift, December 1978: Deng Xiaoping and the birth of modern China.

YES, ROBOTS TAKE JOBS (NOW WE KNOW. WHAT NEXT?)
In Honor of Studs Terkel: Pink Slips for Old Technology. For every robot deployed in the U.S., three jobs are lost…permanently. Do the math, it’s only a matter of time until those deployments take their toll. Robots are necessary, but so are jobs for people. Here’s how to have both.

FLEXING PITTSBURGH’S ROBOTICS PROWESS
Pittsburgh’s transformation from dying steel town to a global robotics powerhouse has it positioned to help meet America’s greatest manufacturing challenges. ARM Institute is ready to train and upskill a workforce in robotics (for students, college graduates, and displaced workers …no matter what age you are!) Including Free 2022 how-to PDF download with links and references. 

HOME & HUMANOIDS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Home for the holidays is not such a pleasant experience for millions globally. But it could be. Holiday Humanoids for those abandoned and living alone, the totally depressed…or the desperately lonely. The possibility of “relational AI” and humanoid robots combining to be wonderful companions for humans…and not just on holidays.

The lineup for podcast #6 Robotics for the New Year: 2022!

THREE HALLMARKS DEFINING COBOT SUCCESS 
Three tech attributes showing themselves to be necessary for cobot success. Universal Robots, Techman, and Doosan share the knack, but better keep an eye on newcomer ELITE ROBOT.

ROBOTS TO KEEP WINTER OLYMPICS SAFE
The Winter Games are right around the corner. The massive Wukesong Arena is getting ready to host the ice hockey events for February’s Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 (February 4 to 20). For 16 days, over 30 robots will be deployed to help keep the players, staff, and thousands of fans safe from COVID.

ASK ANY COBOT: HUMAN WORKERS COST MORE THAN WAGES 
Renting cobots: From Capex to Opex. Rent, lease, contract for, or Robots as a Service (RaaS)…whatever!  Not owning a cobot has a big upside that’s getting bigger. 

HOORAY FOR CONSTRUCTION ROBOTICS: ON THE RISE FOR 2022 Construction site cacophony. We’ve all suffered through the annoying din. Construction is not only noisy and a traffic nightmare, but it’s also inefficient, woefully expensive and dangerous. Thankfully, construction is now getting serious attention from automation and robotics, and 2022 might be a breakout year.

CHINA’S NEW TREND: PRECISION ROBOTICS 
 Precision robotics is a key competitive advantage. China turns hard-to-do robotics, like welding, grinding and polishing, into a powerful new industry.

The lineup for podcast #7:

WELCOME TO THE AMERICAS: ADDVERB TECHNOLOGIES
“We Change the Way Things Move” says Addverb Technologies. A Twelve Time Zone Chat: Boston, Bangkok, Delhi and San Diego crackled on last evening as Asian Robotics Review was introduced to Addverb Technologies for a chat with its new CEO for the Americas, Mark Messina. And we recorded it all!

 WHERE THE ROBOTS ROAM
After all those heady numbers of AMRs are bought, sold, and shipped; and then step off the gangplanks to work, where the hell do they go? Join us in the Lehigh Valley, south of Chicago, and in LA for a look at the fantastic, cavernous halls of commerce “Where the Robots Roam”

FANTASTIC FIVE #2
Five Fantastic Robots That Are Transforming Industries and Changing Our World! Fantastic Five travels the globe looking for special, purpose-built robots that take on heretofore impossible challenges…and pull them off! Fantastic Five salutes the robots and the innovate teams that built them.

FINDING THE GENIUSES THAT ROBOTICS NEEDS Are You One of Them?
There are a million undiscovered geniuses in the world who, in order to be revealed and flourish, need to experience a spark of passion that ignites and illuminates their genius. Among them are roboticists-in-waiting who will change the world. Let’s find them. These 35 free online robotics courses—from superb educators at prestigious universities—certainly help. 

The lineup for podcast #8 

The Very Best of This Is Robotics 
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THE TROUBLE WITH COBOTS
from 9/2021 podcast #2
Arguably the most important advance in robotics in the last 50 years has got a problem: sales. Why is that? Important and far-reaching consequences of those puny sales are a major concern for manufacturing and productivity.

SEX ROBOTS WILL NEVER MAKE YOU CRY
from 8/2021 podcast #1

The allure, fascination and repulsion for humanity’s new best friend

THE FANTASTIC FIVE OF ASIA
from 9/2021 podcast #2
Five fascinating robot innovations from Asia, each with a massive upside for the global robotics industry.

IS THIS THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMRs?
from 11/2021 podcast #4
Unless you’ve been under a rock somewhere, you’ve undoubtedly heard the noise of their wheels and the rush of their whizzing by you, either on TV news, YouTube, or better, in person. What you’re seeing and hearing is the future arriving in a hurry. They’re called AMRs, robotics newest celebrities, autonomous mobile robots.

FINDING THE GENIUSES THAT ROBOTICS NEEDS Are You One of Them?
from 2/2022 podcast #7
There are a million undiscovered geniuses in the world who, in order to be revealed and flourish, need to experience a spark of passion that ignites and illuminates their genius. Among them are roboticists-in-waiting who will change the world. Let’s find them. These 35 free online robotics courses—from superb educators at prestigious universities—certainly help. 

Visit the winners: Top 5!

KOREA’S ROBOT TECHNOPOLIS
A fascinating piece on the rise of Daegu City, which will be, by 2028, the biggest and most important robot city in all of Asia.  Decade of work pays off in high-tech victory as Daegu City wins nationwide competition as mega-site for Korea’s Robot Technopolis

Daegu City Prospectus

MOXI AND THE WOMEN WHO BUILT HER
A well-deserved shout to Diligent Robotics scoring a $30 million investment, and what it means for service robotics as well as to robotics companies founded by women

CLASH OF TITANS: HACKING ROBOTS
With all that’s going on in the world today, how do we cyber-harden our industrial robots from malicious interventions? With 3-million industrial robots deployed worldwide, protecting them is becoming a very real problem. The newest game in town for robots is defending themselves from hacking and cybercrime.

FANTASTIC FIVE
Showcasing five ways to save big on robots, cobots and automation, while streamlining productivity on the cheap.

ELON AND HIS ROBOT HOMBRE
Elon Musk, as humanoid robot builder, in a story we call Elon and His Robot Hombre. So what if he misses a few deadlines. You know he’s going to ace the final exam.

Elon Musk is the best thing to ever happen to humanoid robotics.

 

Will Farm Robots Become Our Next Gas-Guzzling, Fume-Spewing Agents of Climate Change?

Farm Robots…and the coming explosion in their numbers. As the world moves toward an additional 2 billion people, going from 7 to 9 billion total, the global food supply, according to the UN, will need 70% more food. Farm robots are the only way that will happen. But, with millions of new farm robots, will farm robots become our next gas-guzzling, fume-spewing agents of climate change? It’s going to happen, but there is a solution.

Is This the Beginning of “Womb-to-Tomb” Algorithms?

Hiring algorithms, says a recent study, mistakenly reject certain men, women, and handicapped. What does that mean for future of robotics and tech staffing?

Algorithms sift through our resumes; algorithms scrutinize our job interviews. They are also part of our annual performance reviews and raises, weigh in on our promotions, layoffs…even firings. New York City is cracking down on them, others may follow. See what we uncovered.

Nationwide Implications for New York City’s AI Bias Audit Law

Robots Offer Singapore a Bright Future

Like other countries in East and Southeast Asia, Singapore has taken on a 20-year project to build a robot technopolis or robot city.

The Jurong Innovation District (JID) has received $313 million in new investments over the past year. It’s part of Singapore’s future vision to mobilize Industry 4.0 and its Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific plans into a place where robots, cobots, automation, industry, education, and people will coexist together in harmony that pegs robots and automation as “essential enablers” for its future.

Robots Offer Singapore a Bright Future, If…

Who Are the New Heroes of Robotics?

They are not Hollywood creations. They are real, and their explorations are more than enough to send thousands of young people off in pursuit of careers in robotics.

Yet very few kids know about them and their fantastic adventures.

Last month, I was asked to speak to a cohort of high school students hellbent on robotics careers. The group was a robotics scholars summer program for high school kids put on by SuperTech and Code Tenderloin in San Francisco. Great course; wonderful bunch of high schoolers.

Many young people are urged to get into robotics, but many times that’s as far as the advice goes. What awaits them in robotics is a bit of a mystery. For inspirational models, they harken to things like Star War’s sagas and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Nice, but there’s so much more, I told them. Like the new heroes of robotics.

“Smart” Job Tracks Powered by Robotics & AI

HONORING INDIA’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE (1947-2022)
India: An Unexpected Revolution in Robotics

There’s a revolution in robotics just emerging in India that bears watching.

An unexpected revolution!

No one expects robotics revolutions to take place in India, no one ever has. Why?

Cerebral more than mechanical has been the rap most often heard about India. India has always shown itself fantastically adept at constructing unrivaled intellectual kingdoms.

However, India has been in search of its own, indigenous, mechanical realm in which to tinker and fashion, innovate and invent.

Robotics just might be that magical realm. The long-awaited intersection of the cerebral with the mechanical.

The five Indian co-founders of Addverb Technologies have taken on the mission of bringing machine building, as robotics, to India

India: An Unexpected Revolution

WORLD ROBOTICS THROUGH THE YEAR 2030
Boston Consulting Group has put an interesting lens to the next decade of robotics, highlighting “seven unfolding developments that will influence the direction of robotics in the next ten years.”

THE FOUR MOST REVOLUTIONARY ROBOTS OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM
We have our picks. What about yours?