I have a real problem with the way that the so-called robot-designed robot is described in this article. I used to do large-scale manufacturing automation, and I consider what is being done a parlor trick. There are only two things that could be called “robotic” in the system: The computer-aided manufacturing machinery that built the parts (conveniently ignored, for the most part) and the final product, which required some hand assembly. It’s hype.

Brian Hanley
Grenbrae, Calif.

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