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Human-Robot Synergy?
Programming robots to anticipate your next move
By Casey Nobile

Professor Julie Shah spends time with her Interactive Robotics Group at MIT developing algorithms that will allow people and robots to cooperate in the workplace. When first asked whether her research would enable robots to eventually take over human jobs, Dr. Shah says she was stunned:

“If it was easy to make robots take people’s jobs, we would have done it twenty years ago,” Dr. Shah says. “People are using human judgment, which is really hard to program into a robot.”

Her team focuses on increasing worker efficiency by employing robots as work assistants. Dr. Shah’s research was bolstered by an early lab test, which showed that utilizing robots in an assistive capacity (via her algorithms) increased productivity…

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Casey Nobile is Manager of EH Publishing’s Robotics Division, including Robotics Business Review, Robotics Trends, RoboBusiness and the Robotics Marketplace at CES. She is passionate about developing connections between robotics technologies and the corporate world. Nobile has a master’s degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College.

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