Vote for the Tampere region’s 3D boosters!

Each year, the RegioStars competition awards the most innovative and the boldest projects that have been funded through the EU cohesion policy. In addition to the experts’ picks, the public has a chance to choose their own favourites.

Let’s make sure that the Tampere region’s 3D Boosti and 3D Invest projects are the public’s favourites! You can vote the projects by clicking this.

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Chaplin’s utopia – our present

The recent Oivalluksia robotiikasta event convinced over a hundred participants that Satakunta truly is the coast of robotics. The region came with its A-game and invited experts from around the country to share their insights into the current state of robotics.

The opening speech was given by the adorably human-like Pepper-robot.

Robots are used in various ways to increase productivity. A mobile robot can move around in a designated zone ferrying, for example, various tools. A cooperative robot can lift heavy objects and work together safely with people.

A representative from an industrial robotics company pointed out that, relative to the increase in productivity, robots are already too cheap, as a fully functional industrial robot costs the buyer less than a hundred thousand euros. This is an issue of perspective. The affordable price brings the robots within the grasp of many entrepreneurs and helps a country like Finland in the competition for manufacturing jobs against countries with a cheaper labour force. Robots are no longer strange in the context of health services, either.

Charlie Chaplin’s movie Modern Times contains an iconic scene, wherein a mechanical apparatus feeds a cob of corn to poor old Charlie who tries his best to keep up with the machine. The dream of robots helping people is an old one. We live in a time when such help can finally be fully utilized. Hopefully, the humane foresight and creativity exhibited by the master of cinema will lead our way.

Elina Hykkönen
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