Yoshiharu Inaba interview Fanuc boss says robots are here to help us, not replace us

TOKYO — Industrial robots are getting smarter, thanks to the rise of artificial intelligence. They are also getting better at collaborating with humans. But is it only a matter of time until they nudge us out of the workplace picture entirely?  Yoshiharu Inaba      The Nikkei spoke with Yoshiharu Inaba, president and chief executive of Japanese industrial robot maker Fanuc, about how robotics will change manufacturing. Q: Industrial robots proliferated in Japan in the 1970s. Sony’s Aibo and other consumer-oriented robots created a buzz in the 2000s. Now the country seems to be in the midst of another robotics boom. What’s different this time around? A: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is strongly supporting robotics as a key pillar of his growth strategy. I think this is drawing more attention to the industry.…


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