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The Fourth Age Byron Reese
Disruptive Technology and the future of Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Brian McMorris The world is rapidly changing through the broad distribution of advanced technologies such as advanced computing (including quantum computing in the not too distant future), artificial intelligence and robotics. These are disruptive technologies affecting not just businesses, but the entire global economic and political balance [...] Read more
by George Wilken Manufacturers around the world are always looking to improve operational efficiency and use data gathered from the shop floor to drive improvements. We can discuss lean concepts and the nuances that typically come up in discussions with my lean peers. I can hear “the pencil and an A3 size paper is all [...] Read more

Futura Automation is an American company owing a profound debt of gratitude to everyone who has made America the home of liberty and freedom that it is today.   As the founder of Futura Automation, I am offering this excerpt from the auto-biography of my father, Donald W McMorris, as an example of and tribute to […]

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Futura Automaton the Augmented Worker
Workforce Enhancement The Augmented Worker sits at the intersection of a variety of other manufacturing trends. Here’s a curated list of articles detailing the importance of re-skilling and enhancing the manufacturing workforce: At these factories, robots are making jobs better for workers (via McKinsey & Company) How the “Six Million Dollar Man” Made Manufacturing 4.0 [...] Read more
How ubiquitous will Industrial Robots be?   We see photos and videos now all the time of robots welding car bodies.  It is an exciting application with big strong arms swinging around car bodies with sparks flying.  But the car body welding is a single application in manufacturing among hundreds or thousands.  In what other applications will robots [...] Read more