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Fetch Robotics CEO Melonee Wise welcomes our new robot overlords

Tech Crunch by Romain Dillet
September 13, 2016

Melonee Wise of Fetch Robotics gave her insights on robotics and how robots are going to enhance our future. Fetch Robotics specialized in warehouse robots so that humans don’t have to walk around all day long. But even before Fetch Robotics, Wise has been active in the open-source community when it comes to building the software for our robots.

TechCrunch’s Devin Coldewey asked all the hard questions, but Wise remained optimistic about the way people are going to rely on robots. “PR campaigns against robots have an 80-year head start,” she said.

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KPMGVoice: Fetch Robotics | Chapter 2 of The Great Rewrite

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August 15, 2016

“Robots are really good at dirty, dull and dangerous,” said Fetch Robotics CEO Melonee Wise. Her company’s machines are built to work on the floors of warehouses, distribution centers and light manufacturing facilities. Those environments aren’t dangerous, per se, but they can be unhealthy. The work is strenuous, and people can get hurt. There are miles of walking in a typical day gathering products from warehouse shelves. There’s much wasted time. It’s also very dull, so employee turnover is high. “It’s a perfect spot for robots, in terms of helping people do their jobs,” she said.
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OpenAI Uses Fetch Robotics’ Robots To Test Domestic Machines

Robots Champion by Clare Hopping
July 28, 2016

OpenAI is using robots designed by Fetch Robotics to develop software that could make completing domestic chores a breeze.

The robots are being re-programmed by Elon Musk’s AI research company to learn tasks using the basic principles of trial and error, meaning the ‘bots could teach themselves how to clean your house exactly the way you like it.

Using machine learning and artificial intelligence, the robots will learn by doing things using mobile technologies, 3-D depth sensors, a 2-D laser scanner, and a robotic arm with seven degrees of freedom. The tasks are learned from scratch, with robots given the freedom to roam around a house and decide what needs doing.

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Fetch Robotics’ Melonee Wise: 40 Under 40 in 2016

Silicon Valley Business Journal by Lynn Peithman Stock
July 14, 2016

She is the CEO of Fetch Robotics, a Silicon Valley company that takes advantage of advances in processors and machine vision to design robots that are both mobile and capable of manipulation to accomplish a range of basic tasks and be programmed from more advanced customization.

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Three Advantages Of Lidar Technology For Intralogistics And Order Fulfillment Robots

Lidar News by Aaron Rothmeyer
June 22, 2016

Small mobile robots are quickly becoming important fixtures in intralogistics, and Lidar technology has helped move these robots forward.  Lidar is not new to logistics – it has been used for collision avoidance and navigation in Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) for years.  However, in some applications, an AGV is not a feasible solution and would require extensive modifications to the warehouse.  For example, many traditional retail distribution warehouse aisles are too tight for an AGV to navigate, since the warehouses were originally designed for people rather than machines.

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Here’s How Robots Could Help Save Jobs

Fortune by Jonathan Vanian
June 14, 2016

Robots might be getting better at performing tasks like carrying heavy equipment and tracking store inventory, but that doesn’t mean they will be replacing humans at work anytime soon.

In some cases, robots can help save jobs.

That’s the opinion of Melonee Wise, the CEO of Fetch Robotics, a company that builds robots that follow warehouse workers around facilities and act as autonomously moving storage containers. Wise spoke on Tuesday along with a panel of robotics experts at a Bloomberg technology conference in San Francisco.

Wise admitted that “people are concerned” the rise of robots could mean less jobs for humans, but she thinks that belief is a “misnomer.” In the case of her company’s warehouse robots, those devices “enable people to keep jobs longer,” she posited.

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The Social Robot Revolution

Bloomberg
June 14, 2016

Roboticists are on a mission to make our lives easier. The brains behind the future of social robotics talk shop at the Bloomberg Technology Conference. Speakers include: Tessa Lau, Chief Robot Whisperer, Savioke; Wendy Roberts, founder and CEO, Five Element Robotics; and Melonee Wise, CEO, Fetch Robotics.

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