I was so excited by this photo in the Wall Street Journal today.
YuMi, an industrial robot by ABB, is adroitly writing Chinese calligraphy.
If you look at the photo and think for a moment, the notion of the robot doing and the person watching is truly prophetic of how we are evolving technologically and as a species.
Yumi is made by ABB, a leading robotics company headquartered in Switzerland, that on one hand has over 300,000 robots installed worldwide, but on the other hand needs only 4,600 employees in 53 countries to produce all these fantastic and productive droids.
This robot is a work of not just incredible science and engineering, but of art and beauty.
It's sleek black and white build with two incredibly agile arms and hands plus a viewing camera, enables it to do small parts assembly or even fine calligraphic work.
YuMi stands for "You and Me" working together, collaboratively.
While we surely will work together, the flip side is that with robotics, some people (who don't make the transition to STEM) may not be working much at all.
But of course, the positive side is that we are looking at an incredible capacity to do more and better with less!
Leaving the innovation to humans, and the assembly and service to the bots, the bar will be raised on everything--both good and bad.
We will build greater things, travel and explore further, and discover ever new depths of understanding and opportunities to exploit.
But we will also edge people out of work and comfort zones, and be able to engage in new forms of conflict and war that only the power and skill of (semi-) autonomous machines could inflict.
The robots are here, however, they are coming in much greater numbers, capabilities, and impact then we can currently fully comprehend. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal via WSJ)