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Can a robot do that? Should a robot do that?

05 November 2018

My editorial comment this month looks at whether certain tasks can be automated but more importantly, should they be automated?

I came across something interesting the other week – to ensure its car seats remain comfortable and sturdy after thousands of miles, SEAT employs a team of engineers to sit down all day. That’s right…all day! The engineers are tasked with reproducing the action of getting in and out of the car 6,000 times in a week. This means each tester is asked to repeat the method 700 times a day to ensure the resistance of the foam and fabric of the future car seat.

I can’t help but wonder, that surely this task can be automated? Is this not the kind of repetitive job that robots have been designed for? 

The answer is, yes.

Read the full article in the November issue of DPA

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