The Institute for Robotic Process Automation (IRPA) has declared 2016 the “year of the robot”.
IRPA, an independent professional association for the robotic process automation (RPA) industry, says 2016 “promises to be a pivotal year for the sourcing marketplace as transformational digital and automation technology both disrupt and enable industries across the globe”.
It adds: “We are standing on the threshold – witnessing the move from hype to reality as advances in emerging technologies converge to create a suite of services and capabilities that has the potential to change business, accelerate business outcomes, reduce cost, create new revenue opportunities and completely redefine how work gets done.”
After 14 years of continuous operation, a Kuka palletizing robot took up a new function recently, appearing as an art exhibit at the Italian art fair Paratissima in Turin.
The palletizing robot used to be in charge of keeping things orderly: untiring, meticulous and reliable, the KUKA robot spent 14 years sorting boxes of hinges used in furniture production.
In November 2015, it gave up its role as a diligent organizer, embracing creative chaos instead. For this, professional body painters applied their skills to transforming the robot into a work of art.
The Kuka robot was on display at the renowned Italian art fair Paratissima in Turin.
“The project was an unusual opportunity for us to share our modern robot technology with a group of people with whom we would otherwise rarely come into contact,” enthused Gian Luca Branca, CEO of Kuka Italy.
Autonomous cars have already taken over the world and are on the verge of making their final, decisive manoeuvre to eject humanity out of the driving seat. The machines have achieved their domination by using the humble and unsuspecting traditional car as their primary instrument of deception.
That’s according to David Sloan, Chicago Auto Show general manager, although he may not have put it in those exact words. Speaking to Chicago Sun-Times, Sloan says: “People might be surprised to know that most of the technology that will be used to make car autonomous in the future is already in cars today on our show floor.”
Organisers of one of Europe’s most important conferences on robotics and automation are calling for papers and articles from experts in the field in the run-up to its conference in the middle of next year.
The 13th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics – organized by Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC) – will take place from 29 to 31 of July 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal.