After years of hype, robotics and artificial intelligence have seeped into the fabric of everyday life and are hitting businesses, warehouses and the home. Cars, trucks, and even lawn mowers are gaining self-driving capabilities. Retail and logistics are becoming more automated. Virtual and robotic assistants can answer questions, make decisions, and recognize human emotions in some cases. Our homes are getting smarter, thanks to networked devices that can sense, control, and map their surroundings. In business, the concept of robots and A.I. has shifted from exotic machines to more mainstream tools and services—a homecoming of sorts.
Boston has been at the center of the robotics ecosystem for years with leaders like Tom Ryden of MassRobotics, Laul Odhner of RightHand Robotics and Colin Angle of iRobot leading the charge. On Thursday, April 12, 2018 at iRobot’s HQ in Bedford, MA, a homecoming of sorts will take place. More than 15 of the industry’s experts including 6 River Systems co-founder Jerome Dubois are set to present at Xconomy’s fourth annual robotics conference, there will be a who’s who of experts from Boston and beyond present on the day.
The program will tackle these cutting-edge topics, and more:
- Smart homes, IoT, and interfaces
- Progress in driverless vehicles
- Retail and logistics automation
- Investment and startup strategies
- Evolving human-machine relationships