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OPINION: Swarm robotics and 3D printing

OPINION: Swarm robotics and 3D printing

Written by David

June 7, 2019

Photo: Reuters JOHANNESBURG – People often ask what the next big thing is in the world of technological innovation. Ray Bingham, the previous executive chairman of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, said: “The next big thing is a trillion small things.” This is particularly true of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) that builds on the digital revolution and is characterized by a convergence of different technologies that are seamlessly and smartly merging the physical, digital, and biological spheres, thus significantly impacting the social and economic realms. It is the convergence of three of these technologies – 3D printing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and robotics – that is opening up new possibilities. 3D printing provides designers with a freedom to introduce new functionality to their robots as research and development progresses, as well as the flexibility to customise the robots for specific uses. 3D printing is thus not only used for designing and […]


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