Chinese e-commerce giant starts delivering orders using robots

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One of China’s largest online shopping companies has started to deliver goods to its customers using robots, according to a report in QZ.com

The four-wheeled autonomous vehicle (pictured above) is about the size of a washing machine and was developed by Jingdong, or JD.com as it’s also known in China.

And although the robot was used for the first time earlier this week, JD’s chairman, Liu Qiangdong, says the company could completely roboticise its entire logistics process within a few years.

The company already uses small autonomous vehicles in its logistics warehouses to move goods around (pictured below).  Continue reading Chinese e-commerce giant starts delivering orders using robots

Robotics technology for picking farm produce

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Farm workers in India. Picture by Vinoth Chandar

By Nandini Kranti 

The use of robotics technology in industrial systems is quite common, but in the agricultural sector, robotics and automation technology still retains a novelty and fascination, and is still to make a widespread impact on labor-intensive tasks.

The discussion on man versus machine has come too far. Artificial intelligence was the key addition that tipped scales in favor of the latter. Precise and iterative line functions in industrial processes are handled by well-programmed robots.

Material handling is seldom an issue in this setup since a great deal of customization goes into each design in the pre-installation phase.  Continue reading Robotics technology for picking farm produce

Obama to leave the future of the US in the hands of robots

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President Barack Obama says robots can help the US grow its economy by leading to higher total factor productivity (TFP) in the future. 

The president made his remarks in his annual economic report to the Houses of Congress. Extracts from President Obama’s report:

“One area of innovation that can help the United States to boost TFP growth in the future is robotics.  Continue reading Obama to leave the future of the US in the hands of robots