Baxter, a new generation of industrial robot

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Hey my friends, this is the article 49 / 1000! For those who don’t know me, my name is Selim Chehimi and I’m an engineering student. I’ve been programming for 7 years now so you can tell that I really enjoy that. Those 7 years of programming lead me to Artificial Intelligence. I really want to be involved in AI so that’s the reason why I’m sharing this article with you. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.

We’re starting to see robots in our lives but the problem with them is that they’re lacking common sense so they struggle doing basics tasks. However, this is going to change drastically in the next few decades. As I’ve pointed out in my Article on Boston Dynamics (, they’re becoming smarter than ever before. Today, I would like to present you Baxter, a new generation of industrial robot.

When it comes to factory robots, people are afraid because they’re taking their jobs (due to the lack of interactions between them and robots). Baxter is different because it can be considered as the first wave of robots that people can interact within an industrial setting. What’s innovative is that Baxter has a lot of common sense which is quite unusual for a robot. For example, he knows when a person is around him. Here is a quick demo of what he can do:

You can program it to do any task you want (taking an object and putting it down etc.). In fact, the user interface is incredibly easy to use. You can program a new task using the buttons located on the robot’s arm. Here is how it looks:

In my opinion, Baxter is a great achievement because it improves the complementarity we must have with robots. However, we shouldn’t forget that they have a long way to go. For example, the final round of the DARPA Robotics Challenge in June 2015 could have been a triumphal display of Artificial Intelligence but instead, the winning machine took 45 minutes to accomplish 8 tasks that a human could have done in 10 minutes. It’s a sad affair but we can be optimistic for the future because AI and robotics are growing extremely fast (exponential growth). As I always say: wait and see!

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