Robots, automation, AI, and the Pirate Parrot: Insights from our return to the epicenter of robotics


The Pirate Parrot and GeekWire co-founder John Cook dinner proper earlier than John discovered himself at odds with yet one more Pittsburgh sports activities mascot. (GeekWire Picture / Todd Bishop)

It’s going to be a very long time earlier than robots exchange sports activities mascots, however it is perhaps higher for one in every of our GeekWire colleagues once they do.

That’s one of many extra lighthearted takeaways from our return journey to Pittsburgh, the place GeekWire co-founder John Cook dinner in some way managed to make enemies with yet one more professional sports activities mascot. However we additionally got here away with some extra basic insights into the state of robots, automation and synthetic intelligence:

  • Provide chain challenges and labor shortages are altering the nationwide dialog about automation, and accelerating adoption of robotics particularly in manufacturing and distribution.
  • Amazon’s ambitions for fast supply are boosting robotics and automation throughout the e-commerce business by prompting opponents to comply with swimsuit with their very own options to extend logistics efficiencies.
  • Robotics startups and autonomous driving corporations are discovering success in enterprise and enterprise markets, as evidenced by Aurora Innovation’s work with Paccar and FedEx on a self-driving truck.
  • Many shopper robotics corporations are nonetheless making an attempt to do an excessive amount of in making multi-purpose robots, reasonably than specializing in doing one factor properly, as illustrated by the preliminary reception to Amazon’s Astro dwelling robotic.

Within the realm of robotics, our journey was a go to to the long run. However in trying on the Pittsburgh tech neighborhood, it was additionally a reminder of the previous, with an analogous measurement and potential that Seattle had 20 years in the past as a tech business.

Michael Butler, chairman and CEO of Cascadia Capital. (GeekWire Picture / Todd Bishop)

“Seattle in 2000 was very similar to Pittsburgh — a beautiful metropolis, nice individuals, very collaborative, quite a lot of good know-how of us, however the important mass hadn’t been constructed, it didn’t exist,” stated Michael Butler, chairman and CEO of Cascadia Capital, in his opening remarks on the Cascadia Join Robotics, Automation & AI convention.

Butler stated they see in robotics, AI and automation what they noticed in Web 2.0, with much more potential.

A Relay+ hospitality robotic on the Cascadia Join Robotics, Automation & AI convention. (GeekWire Picture / Todd Bishop)

We focus on all of those tendencies, and the Pirate Parrot Incident, on this episode of the GeekWire Podcast, recapping our return to Pittsburgh. We’ll even have extra from our reporting over the subsequent week as a part of our particular protection. Cascadia is underwriting GeekWire’s impartial reporting on this matter from Pittsburgh.

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