US manufacturer sets sights on mass production of humanoids

In what could prove to be a pivotal moment in the development of AI machinery, Agility Robotics’ co-founder and CEO said the opening of a new facility marks a pivotal moment in the history of robots: the beginning of mass production of commercial humanoid bots.

The announcement follows the expected opening soon in Salem, Oregon of a new factory which aims to have the capacity to produce 10,00 robots annually.

Construction of the 70,000-square-foot facility began last year and is set to open in late 2023.

Creating advanced robots for sale to the public is a new development in the robotics industry, as access to such high-end tech has been generally reserved for entities such as businesses and government agencies in the past.

“We built Digit to solve difficult problems in today’s workforce like injuries, burnout, high turnover and unfillable labour gaps, with the ultimate vision of enabling humans to be more human,” Shelton told USA TODAY. 

“When you’re building new technology to make society better, the most important milestone is when you’re able to mass produce that technology at a scale where it can have a real, widespread impact.”

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