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Symphony of humans and machines or “Modern Times”?

Robots are becoming a ubiquitous presence in factories and warehouses. There are not just “more” robots, they are requiring and establishing a different relationship with human beings, actually I should say with their “co-workers”. This is a step in the direction foreseen by the Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Initiative (now merged …

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Platforms, present and future II

There are platforms and then there are platforms In the opening post of this series I considered the “big nine” mostly from the point of view of their capability to offer storage, processing and access (this latter mediated by Internet). These nine platforms are quite different from one another, as …

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Platforms, present and future I

One of the topic addressed in the Digital Transformation Course developed by EIT Digital and IEEE Future Direction in its Digital Reality Initiative is that of Platforms. In these last few weeks I have been discussing platforms with a number of key people in several industries and now I take …

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Robot watch out! Here I come

The separation between humans and robots on the workplace used to be quite rigid to ensure workers’ safety. More and more robots are designed to operate in the same space of humans but sometimes this may cause problems to both humans (robots bumping on them) and robots (humans stepping over …

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