Magazine article Risk Management

Do the Robot

Magazine article Risk Management

Do the Robot

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At July's Qingdao Beer Festival in Shandong, China, 1,007 robots set a Guinness World Record for the "most robots dancing simultaneously," crushing the previous mark of 540 set back in April. The foot-and-a-half tall robots, controlled by a single mobile phone, had to dance for a full 60 seconds to qualify. Ever Win, the electronics company that organized the effort, started out with 1,040 robot dancers, but sadly, not all of them made it--some refused to move while others fell over, probably because they were overcome by all the excitement. Nevertheless, getting 1,000 of anything to perform in unison is at least as impressive as the fact the Guinness World Records people are even tracking such a record in the first place.

Dancing robots aside, we have not quite gotten to the point where we have the fancy androids promised to us by Star Wars movies and Isaac Asimov novels. But that doesn't mean that robotic technology hasn't made huge advances in recent years.

As Katherine Heires reports in our cover story, today's collaborative industrial robots are cheaper, smarter, more dexterous and safer than their inelegant predecessors, allowing them to interact more effectively with humans so that more businesses can take advantage of the potential productivity benefits. …

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