Unfortunately for the U.S., while America is a big user of robotics it's well behind in the field of robots for industrial manufacturing and stands to lose out on the billions of dollars in purchases of robotics in the years ahead. Japan's Fanuc Corp. is the world's largest industrial-robot producer. Germany-based Kuka is another major player. Last year, China's appliance giant Midea Group snapped up a majority stake in Kuka.
Although Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last week he's "not at all" worried about mass unemployment as the U.S. becomes more technologically advanced, a recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research estimates hundreds of thousands of jobs have been sidelined by automation in the U.S. in recent decades.
Elementary and secondary school students who later want to become scientists and engineers often get hands-on inspiration by using off-the-shelf kits to build and program robots. But so far it’s been difficult to create robotic projects to foster interest in the “wet” sciences - biology, chemistry and medicine - so called because experiments in these field often involve fluids.
As adults, there are so many resources available to us to break into the world of programming and coding. From organizations like General Assembly and the hundreds of localized coding bootcamps, you can practically throw a stick into the wind and find a way to learn about development. For kids on the other hand, things are not quite as cut and dry, and programming is not readily available in the classroom.
The 2016 report is a 100-page tome packed with specific, technical recommendations that the contributors believe will be important for Congress to fund and support as robotics starts to take center stage across U.S. industries.
Meet Marty the Robot, a fully programmable and customizable walking robot. For kids, for makers, and for educators. Now launched on Indiegogo! Find out more at http://www.robotical.io
Despite making up half of the world’s overall workforce force, women hold only a quarter of the jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math or STEM. But a program in Indianapolis, Indiana, is working to change that by putting girls in charge of a robotics competition.
Lego and its Mindstorms for Education line. In addition to harnessing a thriving commercial market, this classic robotics building and programming tool is used heavily in after school programs and classrooms across the globe.
Extraordinary technological breakthroughs over the last 300 years have touched almost every aspect of human activity and transformed the world’s economies. The 2015 report shows how three historical breakthrough innovations – airplanes, antibiotics and semiconductors – fueled new business activity. It examines three current technologies with breakthrough potential: 3D printing, nanotechnology and robotics. And it considers the future outlook for innovation-driven growth.
A news conference was held on Sept. 24 at NASA’s Johnson Space Center with the next crew launching to the International Space Station, including NASA astronaut Tim Kopra. ESA astronaut Timothy Peake, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Kopra will launch to the station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft on Dec. 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They’re currently scheduled to return to Earth in May 2016.