AI News, Obama Commanding Robot Revolution, Announces Major Robotics Initiative
Obama Commanding Robot Revolution, Announces Major Robotics Initiative
In a visit today to Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center, Obama launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a $500 million program to bring together industry, universities, and government to invest in emerging technologies that can improve manufacturing and create new businesses and jobs.
One example is a robot that can observe a human worker performing a task—say, assembling parts of a car—and replicate that task, with the human supervising and assisting the robot if necessary.
The NSF, recently criticized for funding robotics projects some deemed wasteful, and the other agencies explain that a broad range of research will be funded, but with an emphasis on robotic systems as people's 'co-workers, co-inhabitants, co-explorers and co-defenders.'
From the program solicitation: This theme recognizes the emerging mechanical, electrical and software technologies that will make the next generation of robotic systems able to safely co-exist in close proximity to humans in the pursuit of mundane, dangerous, precise or expensive tasks.
As the US population ages and becomes more culturally and linguistically diverse, these co-robots may serve to increase the efficiency, productivity and safety of individuals in all activities and phases of life, and their ubiquitous deployment has the potential to measurably improve the state of national health, education and learning, personal and public safety, security, the character and composition of a heterogeneous workforce, and the economy, more generally.
He says that claims that robots take jobs away from people don't take into account the fact that robots—and other technologies, for that matter—not only help keep companies competitive but also allow them to grow and hire more people.
co-founder, iRobot “A well coordinated National Robotics Initiative will provide the leadership and investment necessary to accelerate the advancement of next generation robotics technologies and knock down the regulatory and technological barriers necessary to lead to wide spread adoption and repatriation of US manufacturing jobs.” — John Dulchinos, president and CEO, Adept Technology “If we want to end the talk of a 'jobless recovery,' we should increase our national investments in robotics and create millions of high-paying jobs in the process.
By developing improved robotics technology that can be applied to reviving our manufacturing industries, protecting the environment, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and helping provide quality care for our growing elderly population.” — Jeff Burnstein, president, Robotics Industry Association 'The United States has pioneered research in Robotics and Automation;
President Obama's National Robotics Initiative will lead to new innovative technologies that will invigorate America's manufacturing economy by creating new opportunities and new jobs, improve our quality of life by revolutionizing health care and medicine, and make our nation safer with the development of robots for defense, security and emergency response.'
Obama Announces $500 Million Investment in Robots and Other Advanced Manufacturing Tech
Robots, nanotechnology and other manufacturing of the future can reposition the U.S. as a global technology leader and revitalize the nation's flagging economy, President Obama said Friday morning.
In a visit to Carnegie Mellon University, Obama announced a $500 million investment in advanced technologies, including $70 million for a national robotics initiative.
He also met with a local robotics firm that produces robots that can explore water and sewer pipes, capturing video for municipal workers and transmitting information to a central city database.
Carnegie Mellon University is at the center of that evolution, he said — it was founded as a trade school for steel workers and has become a world-class research university, creating hundreds of new spinoff companies and more than 9,000 jobs in the past decade.
'Not only could this change the way the government uses your tax dollars — think about it, instead of having a 10-year lead time to develop a piece of equipment, if we were able to collapse the pace of which that manufacturing takes place, that would save taxpayers billions of dollars,' he said, 'but it also could get technology out to the theater faster, which could save lives.'
Obama's half-billion investment includes $300 million for national security industries and $100 million for research and training to develop advanced materials more quickly and more cheaply, according to the AP.
Obama just warned Congress about robots taking over jobs that pay less than $20 an hour
The results showed a 0.83 median probability of automation replacing the lowest-paid workers — those manning the deep fryers, call centers, and supermarket cash registers — while the other two wage classes had 0.31 and 0.04 chances of getting automated, respectively.
separate report from Oxford University in 2013 found 50% of jobs could get taken over within the next 10 to 20 years — a prediction backed up in a McKinsey report released last year, which even suggested today's technology could feasibly replace 45% of jobs right now.
All three involve some form of complex human interaction that a machine can't replicate (at least not yet). Low-wage employees who perform the kinds of repeated tasks found on assembly lines are the ones most at risk of replacement. To help younger job seekers navigate this changing world, the Obama Administration launched the TechHire initiative, 'part of which aims to equip 17-29-year-olds with skills necessary for jobs in information technology fields, including software development, network administration, and cybersecurity.'
- On Tuesday, January 21, 2020
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