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CEO responds to AI and robot job stealing fears: 'robots could save jobs'

Charlotte Jee | June 24, 2016
Fetch Robotics makes service robots for businesses, which differ from industrial robots as they directly work with people, assisting them with tasks such as moving goods around distribution centres.

Wise is reluctant to name their customers. However says they recently signed a partnership with SAP and are working across a number of verticals on tasks within ecommerce, distribution, light assembly and manufacturing - and, she says one sector that can as a surprise to the team, within data centres.

They have pilots of the 100 or so robots they have built already underway in the US, Asia and a further two trials in Europe.

The next challenge for robotics, according to Wise, will be getting people within businesses comfortable interacting with robots as part of their job.

"Robots spent a lot of time in labs and in cages. Getting them out of those cages is a major effort, but we're getting closer thanks to tech like neural sensors and better computing power. But it also means we need robots to understand what it means to interact with people and how to make them more approachable," she says.

Source: TechWorld


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