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Karen Smock is a freelance marketing and technical writer who specializes in manufacturing, manufacturing technology, and clear writing. She lives in a house where robots outnumber people.

Book Review: "Only Humans Need Apply – Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines"

With the heavy media coverage and spotlight on manufacturing jobs and automation, it’s a good time to consider different perspectives and action plans such as the ones presented in the book Only Humans Need Apply (May 2016).  From HarperCollins: “In Only Humans Need Apply, Thomas Hayes Davenport and Julia Kirby reframe the conversation about automation, arguing that the future of increased productivity and business success isn’t either human or machine. It’s both. The key is augmentation, utilizing technology to help humans work better, smarter, and faster.”

Karen Smock
By Karen Smock
on Feb 22, 2017 7:00:00 AM
   
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Book Review: "Only Humans Need Apply – Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines"

With the heavy media coverage and spotlight on manufacturing jobs and automation, it’s a good time to consider different...

Karen Smock
By Karen Smock
on Feb 22, 2017 7:00:00 AM
New Robotic Vision Capabilities Break Down Barriers to Automation

Picking an object from a bin or unstructured pile has been an ongoing obstacle and deal-breaker for automation solutions....

Karen Smock
By Karen Smock
on Jan 24, 2017 7:00:00 AM
3 Examples of How the Internet of Things Impacts Manufacturing

Automation and connectivity are not new to the manufacturing world. What changes with the Internet of Things?

Karen Smock
By Karen Smock
on Nov 28, 2016 7:00:00 AM
Manufacturing End Users Reveal Cobot Best Practices

At the RoboBusiness Conference in San Jose at the end of September, Robotiq CEO Samuel Bouchard moderated a panel of end...

Karen Smock
By Karen Smock
on Oct 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM
Don’t Let Rumours Ruin Your Robot’s Chances of Success; Change the Conversation on the Shop Floor

As a production manager tasked with improving efficiency, you discovered that implementing a collaborative robot into your...

Karen Smock
By Karen Smock
on Sep 8, 2016 7:00:00 AM
Yes, Collaborative Robots Can Be Repurposed in a Changing Production Environment

Fast turnaround is a necessity for small and medium manufacturers. Companies that can find ways to decrease lot sizes and...

Karen Smock
By Karen Smock
on Aug 15, 2016 7:00:00 AM
Busting Common Myths About Robots: Part II

In part I of this series we busted the myths about robots being dangerous, difficult-to-work-with job-stealers. However,...

Karen Smock
By Karen Smock
on Aug 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM
Busting Common Myths about Robots: Part I

Change incites fear. Since the industrial revolution, humans have been remarkably consistent about fearing the worst when...

Karen Smock
By Karen Smock
on Jul 25, 2016 7:00:00 AM
 
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