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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Smarter Manufacturing Robotics with Watson

Interesting play, had never thought of Watson in terms of Robotics.  Note the wide variety of things ABB manufactures, which could lead to efficiency considerations, regarding scheduling and supply chain interactions.

Watson could be the key to smarter manufacturing robots
But will better bots take more jobs?
Rob LeFebvre, @roblef

Some reports predict that robots will replace 5 million jobs in the next couple of years. Bill Gates thinks we need a "robot tax" to compensate for those losses. A new partnership announced today between Swiss automation firm ABB and IBM's Watson initiative could hasten that future while it seeks to improve efficiency in on the manufacturing floor.

Swiss company ABB makes a ton of things, including electric vehicle power, industrial automation systems and manufacturing robots. It's biggest sales, though, come from software that enables communication between machinery and centralized control centers. It's looking to further this growth (and boost its sales) via this new partnership with Watson, IBM's artificial intelligence technology. ... " 

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