Beware the Blue-Collar Bots
Next-gen robots that see, feel and learn are taking over factories around the world.
At the foot of Japan’s Mount Fuji, a sprawling campus of large, yellow
buildings hides within a forest of pine trees. Inside, an army of robots
toils night and day, holidays and weekends, making copies of themselves.
These bumblebee-yellow bots — mostly big, sleek, intelligent arms — are
strong enough to lift a Corvette and nimble enough to pack heads of
lettuce. The company behind this mechanical kingdom, FANUC, has already
built a record of over 420,000 robots. American in...
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