Fitting the World to Robots

Melonee Wise, CEO of warehouse robot upstart Fetch Robotics, on overcoming one of her bots' limits:

It’s not to say, of course, that the robots are infallible. Wise notes that they are notoriously bad at identifying and successfully grabbing products that are “blobs” — in other words, those that don’t have square or rectangular sides — or that are “cute, furry, or squishy.”That’s a computer vision problem, she explained. Over time, she predicted, companies will standardize on packaging that the robots can pick up, which could solve the problem.

A lot of people argue computers won't be able to replace many jobs people do, because there are so many things people can do that computers can't. But that's assuming we won't start adapting the world to robots — not a bet I'd make.

 

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