The industrial use of robotics has been, up to this point, one of the most profound ways that automation has impacted an industry. As production lines have become automated and robots have become more skilled, businesses have been forced to seriously consider adding robots to their workforce.
RoboBusiness reached out to Georg Stieler to share some of his thoughts on the robotics and automation industries, as well as the industrial use of robotics, new applications for AI and machine learning, and the differences between the robotics industries in China, Germany, and the U.S.
Stieler’s work at STM Shanghai is focused on research and consulting for companies seeking to add robotics capabilities, as well as working with parts manufacturers and end users, with the purpose of ensuring that robotics investments are successful and beneficial.
At RoboBusiness, Stieler will be speaking in the session What We as Investors Look For in Robotics, which will be held in the Startup Zone on the RoboBusiness Expo floor.
What got you interested in robotics and artificial intelligence, and how is it connected to what you’re now doing?
I’ve always been interested in new technologies, basically since high school. During my time at university, I researched on business model innovation as well as organizational design for companies to master radical and disruptive change. From there, it was only a small step to the Industrial Internet of Things.
In our work, we support suppliers and operators of robotics, sensors and motion control with various tasks – market entry, understand and exploit opportunities in changing sales industries, M&A. Still pretty close to what brought me into this field.
Which emerging technology or application excites you the most?
The possibilities evolving from the increasing capabilities of deep learning, machine vision and voice recognition are all very appealing. Especially, when these technologies act together.
For instance, what does it mean when computers will be able to understand the content of pictures like they have been able to understand text during the last decades?
What also excites me is the outlook that people who don’t know how to program a robot today will be able to tell it exactly what to do in the foreseeable future – just like what happened to personal computers with the introduction of the Macintosh.
What are the biggest barriers to continued growth of the industrial use of robotics?
At the moment...