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Are Robots the Solution to the Economic Crisis?

Posted 18 Nov 2008 at 21:50 UTC (updated 19 Nov 2008 at 14:11 UTC) by steve Share This

Traditional wisdom, as championed by Marshall Brain, holds that a robotics revolution will displace human workers leading to massive global unemployment. Mobile Robots, Inc. suggests another possibility. Perhaps focusing on robots could create an employment boom, pulling us out of the current global economic crisis. In a recent press release they say, "During the recessionary Eighties, thousands moved into high-paying new jobs in personal computers, building an industry that powered two decades of US economic growth. MobileRobots hopes the autonomous robot industry will behave similarly." To this end, they've announced a new RoboDeveloper discount program to get more robots into the hands of more individuals and companies. They believe this will "lower the barrier of entry into the robotics industry". Jeanne Dietsch, CEO of Mobile Robots, notes, "The government’s too busy bailing out banks and failing corporations to see that they would get far more jobs for the buck building new industries." Will the upcoming change-over to the more tech and science saavy Obama administration make an approach like this more feasible? Or is Marshall Brain right that robots lead to unemployment for humans? Read on for the full text of the Mobile Robots press release.

Public Relations pr@mobilerobots.com
Phone: 603-881-7960 ext. 108

HIT BY POOR ECONOMY? MOBILEROBOTS INC WANTS TO HELP YOU BECOME A ROBOT SOLUTION PROVIDER
New RoboDeveloper Program Lowers Barrier to Entry for Robotics Industry Newbies!

Santa Clara, CA, November 17, 2008– At RoboDevelopment 2008 today, MobileRobots Inc, a world leader in mobile robotic platforms, announced help for firms and individuals struggling with difficult economic times to move into the growing field of autonomous robot applications.

During the recessionary Eighties, thousands moved into high-paying new jobs in personal computers, building an industry that powered two decades of US economic growth. MobileRobots hopes the autonomous robot industry will behave similarly.

Says Steven O’Leary, Director of Sales for MobileRobots Inc,, “We have partners grabbing terrific ROI for their customers and repeat business for themselves with our technologies. One builds fleets of factory robots to automate a process that slowed tire production for decades. Another is solving security problems in hotels. Another is lightening the workload of scarce hospital staff. Another is promotion. Companies are beginning to understand how to differentiate themselves with autonomous robots, but we need more developers!”

MobileRobots Inc’s platforms help with delivery, security, environmental monitoring, visitor management, promotion and many other tasks out-of-the-box. A multitude of input and output options enable integration with wifi sniffers, radiation detectors, RFID readers, robotic arms and other accessories. Developers customize, add to and integrate the robots to save money or improve reliability.

MobileRobots’ new RoboDeveloper Program helps people move into autonomous robot fields by offering significant discounts on development platforms and software tools. The program also networks RoboDevelopers to share knowledge and partner on installation and support.

Adds Jeanne Dietsch, CEO of MobileRobots Inc, “The government’s too busy bailing out banks and failing corporations to see that they would get far more jobs for the buck building new industries. The RoboDeveloper program is MobileRobots Inc’s attempt to help maintain the US lead and build jobs in autonomous robotics.”

Apply for MobileRobots RoboDeveloper program at http://mobilerobots.com/developerapp.html or contact “RoboDeveloper@ MobileRobots.com”

About MobileRobots Inc
Founded in 1995, MobileRobots Inc is a global leader in the design and manufacture of autonomous mobile bases, sensing systems, and software “Making YOUR Job Easier”. Thousands of MobileRobots’ platforms are used on six continents by leading organizations, including Toyota, Microsoft, Intel, Hitachi and the US Army. The company is based in Amherst, NH; +1-603-881-7960; http://www.MobileRobots.com, sales@mobilerobots.com. # # # 2

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