Robots rising? Bring it on

October 31, 2017 -

Source: CDA Press.com

By MAUREEN DOLAN NIBJ

The robots are coming.

Sure, some mechanical beings are already here. One might be vacuuming your living room right now, but many more will soon be infiltrating the economy and changing the American way of life.

You’ve probably heard this already, considering Coeur d’Alene was the first city in the nation to pass an ordinance authorizing the use of robots on public property. The law also allows robotic, driverless cars to operate on Coeur d’Alene roads.

But you may not know about Baxter, a 300-pound robot being “taught” skills — like how to fix a cup of coffee — by University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene computer science students who take an advanced robotics class at the Innovation Den, a tech hub in the renovated Elks building in downtown Coeur d’Alene. That’s just one of many robotics endeavors underway in North Idaho, and it’s likely more are on the way. Experts say that with accelerating advances in artificial intelligence and robotics, machines like Baxter and autonomous cars will become more commonplace very soon, especially in the workplace.

 

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