Supporters of Industry 4.0 insist it is a force for good. It serves to relieve humans of strenuous and monotonous work – and can also play a part in creative and social professions.
Yoshiyuki Sankai's exoskeletons let paralyzed people walk and even run. Beyond Japan, though, many Westerners view robots more as a threat than as help.
Artificial intelligence and robotics are the biggest talking points at this year's CEBIT in Hanover. While some sound optimistic about the data-driven digital revolution, others warn about its negative implications.
Once a year, German corporations send management-rank employees to the 'Singularity University' event to hear inspiring speakers hype the technological future. The message: Nearly every industry faces disruption.
The robots are back, and they're even more networked. The possibilities of automation are growing as this year's Hanover industry fair shows, and more companies are collaborating on AI. Steven Beardsley reports.
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