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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