Robots, AI and the future of manufacturing

Thursday, December 21, 2023

The Financial Post interviewed Waterloo Engineering professor Dr. William Melek to discuss the future of AI and robotics in manufacturing.

The article discusses how people have mixed feelings toward robots with some viewing them as workplace competition.

Melek frames it differently: “Automation is best for quality control or unsavoury tasks that are either too repetitive, dangerous, or just too boring for a human. I think humans utilizing automation and AI will take jobs away from humans who are not (utilizing automation).”

Go to Robots and AI are taking over factory floors, but manufacturing still needs the human touch for the full story.

William Melek

Mechanical and Mechatronics professor and RoboHub director, Dr. William Melek