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Viodi View – 06/09/20

Although published in 2015, the message of Turing Robots: Income Inequality and Social mobility is as relevant as ever. Written in 2015 by two Rice Faculty Scholars at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, the paper discusses the value of work, the importance of social mobility and suggests possible solutions to adjust to a world where robots/computers do the majority of the work. As seen below, the shutdown seems to be accelerating the trend of robots and cobots taking on more tasks, which has positive benefits in protecting humans, delivering better healthcare, and, potentially, reducing costs.

Robots work to fight COVID 19; SK Telecom’s 5G Robot by Alan Weissberger

Boston Dynamics' Dr Spot 2 telemedicine robot.
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Robots are being used on a large scale to combat COVID-19 and that may continue for quite some time. Automation solutions that were unthinkable twenty years ago have matured and are now very practicable, thanks to the convergence of technologies like machine vision, machine learning & AI, open-source robotic operating systems, and mobile components and sensors. Here are just a few examples of robots at work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Drugstore at the Doorstep (YouTube)

Nuro testing a self-driving Prius in S
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Another robot example is CVS and Nuro’s announcement of autonomous deliveries of prescriptions in the Houston area. Nuro’s Medium article indicates that its self-driving Prius fleet will be the initial delivery vehicle. It doesn’t indicate whether there will be safety-drivers in those vehicles. In the coming months, they will introduce their customer delivery bot, the R2. The R2 is a purpose-built, autonomous, electric delivery vehicle (no steering wheel, no seats, no human).

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Tele-Physical Therapist #CES2020

H-Robotics' rebless makes remote rehabilitation possible for stroke patients.
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Consistent rehabilitation after a stroke or surgery is critical to a patient’s recovery. This isn’t so easy if a physical therapist isn’t nearby, such as often the case in a rural setting. H-Robotics hopes to change that with a robotic attachment, rebless, that exercises arms, ankles, and legs, allowing the patient to receive therapy at home. An associated app remotely connects the patient to a physical therapist.

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The 5G Power Challenge - energy harvesting, storage and more.
The 5G Power Challenge ViodiTV Real-Time Conversation, 6/12, 1:30/4:30 PDT/EDT

Behind the Scenes – NCTC Update & Bordering Hope

Brian Dowell and Nick Bartelli of NCTC provide an update.
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One of the rewarding things about working with NCTC and its members is learning the backstories of the folks who comprise these organizations. In this ViodiTV Real-Time Conversation, Brian Dowell provides an update on NCTC and we find out that they are busier than ever, as they are helping their members get the products they need. We then talk to one of NCTC’s newest staff members, Nick Bartelli, who is also the producer and writer of a thought-provoking and emotionally moving documentary on efforts to educate Syrian War child refugees.

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Webinars, Whitepapers & Meet-Ups – #WEC2020

Don Simon interviewed at the WEC2020.Member education will be an increasingly important service for NCTC and leading that effort is Don Simon. WEC2020 was Don’s debut at an NCTC event and, in this brief overview, he outlines some of the approaches NCTC will be taking to educate members about new products and services. With his diverse and complementary background that includes local ad production for a cable system, a J.D., and extensive work in the arts community, Simon brings a unique set of qualifications to his role.

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts:

The Korner – Faster Diagnosis Through a Connected Microscope #CES2020

The LETI lens free low-cost microscope is depicted in this image.
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CEA-Leti demonstrates a microscope that is one-tenth of the cost of a traditional lens-based alternative. No need to send samples to the lab as healthcare professionals can operate this device at the patient’s bedside to diagnose spinal meningitis in about a minute. This could be a boon to rural areas that don’t have the equipment or specialized personnel for its operation.

Working with an ecosystem of partners, this smart microscope is adaptable to other applications, including complete blood count, blood coagulation testing, monitoring of bioprocesses in bioreactors for the pharmaceutical industry, and 2D imaging for standard biological research and drug screening.

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Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is Marketing Director for the Broadband Forum. The mission of this 25+-year-old non-profit “is to unlock the potential for new markets and profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies and standards in the home, intelligent small business, and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network.”

He is also co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on the rural broadband ecosystem, autonomous vehicles, and electric aviation. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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