Our friend the robot

“We are facing a paradigm shift which will change the way we live and work. The pace of disruptive technological innovation has gone from linear to parabolic in recent years. Penetration of robots and artificial intelligence has hit every industry sector, and has become an integral part of our daily life.”Brave words indeed but ones in which Thavida Maneewan, a lecturer at the King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi Institute of FIeld roBOtics (Fibo) firmly believes.Thavida quoted this excerpt from an article published by Merrill Lynch, the wealth management division of Bank of America, to underscore her conviction that robots will soon play a major role in daily life as society responds to a greying population and growing urbanisation.Such changes, she told a fascinated audience during a talk marking the…


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