China Robot Event Showcases Service, Sport And Dancing Robots
Read This! The Chinese government is investing billions of dollars to take the global lead in robotics and AI. The pace of disruption in China is unique in the history of robots,” says Gudrun Litzenberger, general secretary of the IFR, which is based in Germany, home to some of the world’s leading industrial-robot makers. They are embracing robots as a solution to what they are seeing as challenges to their economy – high labor costs, factories shutting down because they can’t hire enough workers and an aging population. According to an IFR report, an estimated 94,800 professional service robots will be installed from 2013 to 2018, with total sales of $17.1 billion. The internet titan has increased its AI spending and brought in former Microsoft executive Lu Qi to spearhead its plan of mass-producing driverless vehicles within four years. According to Mike McConnell, everything about China’s military planning changed after its leaders saw the results of U.S. precision weapons in the first Gulf War. Baidu (a Chinese search-engine company often likened to Google), Didi (often likened to Uber), and Tencent (maker of the mega-popular messaging app WeChat) have all set up their own AI research labs. Now he directs Baidu’s AI research out of Sunnyvale, California, right in Silicon Valley. Wlliam F. Troxler, founder of Troxler Electronic Laoratories, inducted (posthum) to the NC State Enginering Hall of Fame. Those numbers might sound high, but China is way ahead: Just two provinces, Guangdong and Zhejiang, plan to spend a combined $270 billion over the next five years to equip factories with industrial robots. Industrial automation is crucial for China, home to an aging population and shrinking labor force. This has prompted many factories in China to start replacing the workforce with modern machines. One boss, from Guangdong Province, said his factory started using robots after they realised the labour cost in China was twice as much as that of Mexico and four times as that of India.
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