Samir Menon, the Founder & CEO of Dexterity, joins us on the show this week to share how his research on “Robots moving in a human-like manner” could contribute to the next phase of robotics. Dexterity is a company that delivers full-stack robot dexterity solutions for logistics, warehousing, and supply chain operations. But even before founding the company, Samir has been on a mission to leverage robotics to “make repetition options.” He’s also keen on eventually democratizing robots and deploying them at scale.
In this episode, Samir gives us a rundown of how his work at Dexterity is delivering tangible solutions for warehousing and supply chain operations. We hear some insights into how making robots more accessible could benefit not just small businesses but individuals as well. Samir also shares how making repetition an option could address the looming labor shortage in manufacturing and eventually transition people to higher-value work.
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3 Quick Things from this Episode
- Adopting robotics across the board is going to be a civilization-changing event.
- COVID didn’t necessarily change a lot in manufacturing, it just sped a lot of things up.
- When any new system emerges, it’s produced at a low volume and tailored to specific audiences.
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- “When it comes to startups you’ve got to be focused on the problem you’re solving, technology is just a driver to do that.”
- “I would love to see robotics enable people to build their own small businesses and take productivity into their own hands.”
- “It’s important to focus on what delivers long-term success when scaling up in startups.’
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What We Discuss with Samir
- Why making repetitive work optional is crucial in manufacturing
- The evolution of robotics
- Why the democratization of robots is vital moving forward
- How the advancements in robotics affect human workers
- Samir breaks down the past, present, and future of robotics into 6 stages
- Dexterity.ai, delivering full-stack robot dexterity solutions for logistics, warehousing, and supply chain operations. Their robots pick, move, pack, and collaborate with human-like skill in existing infrastructure to solve the toughest problems in material handling.
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