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Executive Speaker Series: The Future of Autonomous Machines

March 9, 2018

Our panel of experts discusses the future of autonomous machines and its impact Michigan's economy.

Autonomous robots have improved greatly over the last decade, thanks to advances in software, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. While many people think of self-driving cars and household gadgetry, the greatest economic impact from growing autonomy will probably occur because of advances in industrial and service-industry robots. For example, autonomous machines will significantly change the cost structures of many businesses by reducing their need for human talent.

Our panel will discuss the effects of autonomous machines and robots on manufacturers, re-sellers, and service organizations. How are these emerging technologies currently being leveraged? How will these machines change the structure and operations of organizations?  What are the benefits and consequences of autonomy? Finally, what are the possibilities for our future?


Tom Kelly, Executive Director and CEO, Automation Alley
Gary Krus, Vice President of Business Development, HIROTEC AMERICA
Paul Richardson, Professor and Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Dr. Jason Tsai, Vice President Product Development, FANUC America

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