might humans and robots be able to coexist peacefully after all? it has generally been too dangerous for industrial
robots, with their vastly superior speed and strength, to work alongside the weaker species. Using a more advanced, 3-D version of the lidar technology that helps power self-driving cars, though, Waltham, massachusetts–based Veo robotics has built depth-sensing cameras that track an assembly-line robot and everything within its reach. The sensor enables a robot, for example, to attach a refrigerator door while
a human technician stands nearby to inspect and drill. if the system detects it’s getting too close to an arm, say, it slows or stops; if it can’t clearly read its surroundings, it defaults to shutting off. it will be quite some time before robots fully replicate the dexterity and problem
solving skill of our fragile kind. for now, though, we can certainly use the (safety-minded) helping hand—until the damned machines rise up and take everyone’s
job, of course.