Bigger is not always better. Industry analysts talk a lot about how the U.S. and China’s economies of scale are important to the adoption of industrial automation, but technology can also advance from the policies of smaller, more nimble nations. Take, for instance, Singapore, which has been positioning itself as a gateway for Asian robotics. What lessons can we take from robotics in Singapore?
Last year, Lim Hng Kiang, Singapore’s trade and industry minister, said his country is an “ideal destination” for foreign companies to try innovations in robotics, artificial intelligence, and unmanned systems, as well as design thinking.
At the time, Kiang was speaking at a forum about relations between Singapore and Sweden, but his comments point to something bigger. Two challenges in particular are driving robotics in Singapore: labor shortages and economic turbulence.
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