Artificial intelligence (AI) is on the tip of everyone’s mind. What is it? Is it taking over the world? How much does AI already know? What is the difference between machine learning and AI? Which industrial technologies are being used to enhance AI? Which ones are benefitting from AI?
Just prior to the Labor Day weekend, I spoke with Machine Design’s Bob Vavra and IndustryWeek’s Robert Schoenberger about a specific subset of artificial intelligence known as generative AI. What differentiates this type of AI is its ability to generate content, such as text, images, video, code or 3D designs, from various inputs using algorithms.
While the technology isn’t new—MIT’s Joseph Weizenbaum released Eliza, a chatbot that is the first recognized generative AI, almost 60 years ago—many of the industrial applications are.
From the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute projects led by Ohio State University, CapSen Robotics, Yaskawa, USC, Siemens, Apparel Robotics and MassRobotics to Beckhoff’s TwinCAT Chat Client and Emerson’s Revamp, generative AI is generating more than buzz in industrial manufacturing.