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. Web. 9 Oct. 2012.This article begins with the meeting of Scott Eckert, a former Dell executive fromMassachusetts, and Rodney Brooks, the co-founder of the company iRobot, maker of theRoomba vacuuming robot, and the founder of his most recent company, Rethink Robots.Brooks had been working on a highly intelligent humanoid robot known as Baxter. Thisrevolutionary robot was designed to be powerful, cheap, easy to use, and versatile.Baxter started out as a small arm that could shakily grab and lift a plastic disk, but in littletime it evolved into something much more ambitious. Not only does Baxter resemble ahuman, it can think like one too. Instead of having a precise, angular range of motion, thisrobot’s arm is actually guided by a human to do a task, and then it does the task multipletimes from different angles until it finds the most comfortable, efficient way. Baxter ismade to work beside humans, being integrated with sensors to “know” when someone isnear so it can freeze, and it can perform and learn any range of tasks in minutes. Sellingat only $22,000, costing less than a minivan, companies can purchase this robot and haveit pay for itself in months, according to Brooks. This source suggests that within years,robots similar to Baxter will outshine humans and replace millions of jobs in the U.S.alone. These advanced robots are requiring a lot of human contact since they are trained by having someone show them how to perform a task, rather than being programmed.This article is written by David H Freedman, author and contributing editor of Inc.Magazine, who has written on science, business, and technology for
The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Harvard Business Review, Science,
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