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Man and Machine Collaborating on the Factory Floor: A Nightmare or a Match Made in Heaven?
Whenever mankind works together with machinery, new methods are needed to cater to human unpredictability—and to ensure that robots can anticipate it.
Sep 01, 2019—
Industry 5.0: Where Smart Robotics Meets Human Creativity
Since then, the pace of development has become ever faster. In the 1970s, we witnessed the start of Industry 3.0, featuring digital technology, the automation of industrial processes and the introduction of robots. Now, we are at the dawn of Industry 4.0, which largely builds on the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution: devices of all sorts, including robots, are connected to the Internet and produce a continuous stream of data. This data can be used to generate more insights into industrial processes, and to support those processes' further optimization.
As such, in the smart factories of 2035, a new collaboration model will need to be put into place. A marriage, you might say, must take place between man and machine, with robots doing the heavy mechanical labor and their human co-workers being the creative architects, inventing new, custom-made products and overseeing their production in tomorrow's factories.
The questions, then, are these: How can we foster a partnership between man and machine in such a setting? And how can we forge an optimal pairing, so that 1 + 1 effectively becomes 3? It will all boil down to effective communication between the different parties.
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