The Robotics Sector in 2020 and Beyond: Predictions from Industry Gurus

A new year (and new decade!) will soon be upon us, which means it is time again for the time-honored ritual of experts and luminaries opining on what the future holds for 2020, and the robotics sector is no different. Robotics Business Review reached out to a number of robotics and intelligent systems industry thought leaders and asked them to provide us with their predictions for the upcoming year and the decade following. In future articles, Robotics Business Review editors will give their thoughts on what is to come in 2020 and beyond. “The industrial robot market will return to robust growth, with more than 400,000 shipped in 2020 – an 11% increase over 2019. In addition: “Because robotics systems have become proven technology, we will see larger initial deployments that will have an immediate impact. Gone are the days of pilot programs, instead companies are confident in the technology and the anticipated results.” “We should see more robotics and automation in retail, but it will be less invasive and less visible. Robots will work quietly behind the scenes, helping store employees to be more efficient and spend more time with customers. Last year’s efforts were pretty brut...

Using OpenAPI to Build Smart APIs for Dumb Machines

While the role and responsibilities of a software architect can be seen as contradictory to the values of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development, a good architect finds techniques that support an agile development team. Aashish Sheshadri discusses how PayPal applies Seq2Seq networks to forecasting CPU and memory metrics at scale. When you build your software product or implement a digital platform, there are many things you need to consider – like product design, technology stack, architecture, etc. . And many times we forget, that at the end the most crucial part is the team that will work together to deliver it. Almudena Rodriguez Pardo discusses where people fit into the automating world of DevOps, diving in some of the challenging situations developers and operators face. This is the API era. Even non-tech companies (if such a thing still exists) treat APIs as a key product. Increasingly companies use APIs as an organizing thesis, the basic unit by which different teams share their work and communicate. Many seek to emulate the success of Amazon whose relentless ascent has been fueled by APIs, internal and external. In the 2020 remake of The Graduate, the one word of a...