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EU Launches World's Largest Civilian Robotics Program; 240,000 New Jobs Expected 171

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Hallie Siegel writes: "The European Commission and 180 companies and research organizations (under the umbrella of euRobotics) have launched the world's largest civilian research and innovation program in robotics. Covering manufacturing, agriculture, health, transport, civil security and households, the initiative – called SPARC – is the E.U.'s industrial policy effort to strengthen Europe's position in the global robotics market (€60 billion a year by 2020). This initiative is expected to create over 240,000 jobs in Europe, and increase Europe's share of the global market to 42% (a boost of €4 billion per year). The European Commission will invest €700 million and euRobotics will invest €2.1 billion."
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EU Launches World's Largest Civilian Robotics Program; 240,000 New Jobs Expected

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  • methinks there is registered trademark in the field of digital computing circuitry for that name, which is enforceable in the EU

    • by gstoddart (321705)

      Methinks you didn't RTFA, or even TFS:

      Covering manufacturing, agriculture, health, transport, civil security and households, the initiative -- called SPARC -- is the E.U.'s industrial policy effort to strengthen Europe's position in the global robotics market (â60 billion a year by 2020)

      SPARC is the initiative, the industrial policy.

      From the SPARC [sparc-robotics.eu] website:

      SPARC is the partnership for robotics in Europe to maintain and extend Europe's leadership in robotics. SPARC aims to make available European robots

      • by iggymanz (596061)

        Robotics obviously has to do due with chip circuitry in this age.

        Oracle has made investments in robotics companies recently.

        I say they have a basis for a suing to have the name of this program changed

        • by gstoddart (321705)

          Since this is the program initiative, and has nothing to do with the trademark Oracle owns on a CPU architecture ... they would get told to go screw themselves pretty quickly.

          A trademark is only meaningful in the specific field you have it in. And the SPARC CPU has nothing specifically to do with robotics. And, it has nothing to do with multi-government initiatives to promote and develop technologies and their adoption.

          In this case, SPARC is the name of the program to promote the use of robotics.

          Larry Ell

  • by Anonymous Coward

    240,000 jobs created to build robots, robots then take 24,000,000 jobs away.

  • Can't we also be leaders in industry with public-private partnerships?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Because if this happened both these things would happen:

      1) Conservatives would yell about government interference in business.
      2) Liberals would complain about corporate welfare.

    • by Rockoon (1252108)
      We are too busy throwing money down a green toilet that contains campaign contributors to bother with throwing money down a mechanized toilet that contains campaign contributors.
    • by tomhath (637240)
      You mean like Green Energy partnerships? [wikipedia.org]
    • by Touvan (868256)

      The guys that vacuumed up all the money in the US economy through (continuing) extraction in the name of "free markets" and other cockeyed holy market nonsense, own industries other than anything that might grow and/or create jobs. So they spent all that money legally bribing elected officials to pass laws lackies for the wealthy owners of all the capital wrote, to advantage themselves over everyone else. When they still can't out compete anyone else to turn a profit, because they have a declining asset (or

  • by Anonymous Coward
    In capitalistic USA, owners keep 40 years of increasing productivity from automation for themselves.

    In socialist EU, prosperity and leisure for everyone!
    How horrible!
  • Is this Slashdot? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ponos (122721) on Tuesday June 03, 2014 @02:45PM (#47158337)

    Everyone speaks about a possible losss of jobs or trademark issues. Am I the only one thinking that robot technology is cool? This is the kind of shit that could allow exploration of the oceans and eventually space, prosthetic help for sick people, cheaper and more efficient mass production etc. Plus, it would probably generate some interesting by-products, like advanced algorithms, maybe a new programming language or new processor types. And it gives jobs to young people with PhDs.

    PS Jobs are being lost and created all the time. Think robot maintainer, robot programmer, robot police (?) (the "Turing"?), robot designer. And, anyway, if a job can be taken by a robot it probably isn't very interesting or creative to begin with. If I had a choice, I'd rather be doing the creative stuff.

  • So the Wachowskis weren't quite as confused as they seemed? :p

  • I for one, welcome our robotic overlords and wish them luck in the human cloning of Apple's founder -- one Jobs wasn't enough we need 240K and that should be enough for anybody!

    • by SlovakWakko (1025878) on Tuesday June 03, 2014 @03:03PM (#47158505)
      It's "I for one welcome our commissioner-overlords and their total detachment from reality" :) I have lived in the pre-1989 Eastern Bloc and I can spot a centralistic, ineffectual project intended to just shuffle money from the taxpayers to the Brussels bureaucracy and its friends in the industry.
  • Grease monkeys 100,000: (job description: oil and lubricate all the joints of the robots)

    Robot minders: 75,000 : (job: When the robot repeated runs into the wall while making a beeping sound, turn it around and press the restart button)

    Charge nurses: 65,000: Find the robots that have run out charge while trying to navigate their way back to charging stations and replace the limp-home battery with fresh fully charged ones.

    • Hmmm.

      And a year later

      Robotic Grease Monkeys. Cost savings over 66% vs minimum wage.
      Robotic Robot Minders. Cost savings over 66% vs minimum wage.
      Robotic Charge Nurses. Cost savings over 66% vs minimum wage.

      Jobs created.
      72 member robotic design team. For one year.
      12 member maintenance and patch team after that.

  • If we add all the job creations and GDP increases that various EU projects claimed to induce, today we would have 400 million jobs filled and a 50% GDP growth per year. But the reality is that EU is in recession and unemployment is high.

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