eWEEKChat Nov. 12: How Robotics Will Impact Future Workforces

Robots are populating more and more of the jobs humans once held. Congress may regulate them. Are there lines to be drawn here?

On Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. PDT/2 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. GMT, @eWEEKnews will host its 25th eWEEKChat event. The topic will be "How Robotics Will Impact Future Workforces." It will be moderated by Chris Preimesberger, who serves as eWEEK's editor of features and analysis.

Some quick facts:

Topic: "How Robotics Will Impact Future Workforces"
Date/time: Nov. 12, 2014 @11a.m. PDT/2 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. GMT
Hosted by: @eWeekNews
Moderator: Chris Preimesberger: @editingwhiz
Tweetchat handle: Use #eWeekChat to follow/participate in the chat
Chatroom real-time links: We recommend two: http://tweetchat.com/room/eweekchat or http://www.tchat.io/rooms/eweekchat

eWEEKchat Event news page: http://www.eweek.com/innovation/eweekchat-events/

Robots have been with us for several generations and certainly have made a place for themselves in manufacturing, space exploration, undersea discovery, military use cases, and oil and gas search and discovery. However, it wasn't that long ago when actual use cases were few and far between; now they are being used in many more business and research situations, thanks to the ever-increasing amount of intelligence that's being put into them.

More and more functions are being packed into robotics, and classes on the topic are popping up more frequently in computer science departments at both the high school and university levels.

Robotics is becoming so pervasive that Congress is considering moving to regulate their purposes in enterprise business. For example, flying drones (are they actually robots?) are being tested for various business applications, and whether they are to be governed by the Federal Aviation Administration or some other agency has yet to be decided.

The IT industry is investing a great amount of capital in the design and manufacturing of these automated tools. Where are the trends here, and what should we know about robotics that we haven't heard?

Talking points in the Nov. 12 eWEEKchat will include the following questions:

Q1: Is your company using robotics? What function(s) do they perform?

Q2: What issues, if any, do you have with robotics functionality or accessibility?

Q3: Do you consider a flying drone a robot? Why or why not?

Q4: Congress is considering regulation and registration of robots in an increasing number of industries. Do you see problems with this?

Q5: Robots have replaced humans in manufacturing and other verticals for years. Are there lines to be drawn?

Join us Nov. 12 at 11am PT/2pm ET for the discussion, the first one we've had on this topic.