4th Industrial revolution / Advancements in AI herald big changes in production

The Yomiuri Shimbun New businesses and services are being created through next-generation technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and robots in a so-called “fourth industrial revolution.” How will it change our work and lifestyles? This is the first installment of a series in which we examine these questions. Fanuc Corp., a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, has been conducting research on cutting-edge technologies at its head office in Yamanashi Prefecture. General Manager Kiyonori Inaba explained that his company aims to develop “robots that operate while ‘talking’ to each other.” What kind of “talking” can robots do among themselves? In one example, a number of robots on an automobile production line recognize each other in order to work together. Fanuc’s robots can perform programmed operations at high speed. However, it…


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