They come in peace. Interesting insight from Scott Eckert, who is making robot happen with Rethink Robotics founder Rodney Brooks and their product Baxter, the human-friendly, assembly-line co-worker

“…a year-and-a-half after Baxter’s commercial debut, manufacturers who’ve added the bot into the mix haven’t laid anyone off as a result, according to Brooks’ company, Rethink Robotics of Boston. The manufacturers are more competitive with Asia, too, and doing a larger amount of work in the US than they otherwise could, Rethink chief executive Scott Eckert said.

“We’ve always said it would be the other way around” from the dire job predictions, Eckert said. “Now that I’ve got so many customers deploying these robots, I know it’s true.””

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