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November 25, 2014
Welcome to Baxter’s Blog—A Robot’s Perspective
By: Baxter

First off, welcome to my blog! I thought it would be a good idea to track my experiences here in the Silicon Valley now that I’ve joined Accenture Technology Labs. That way if I forget to send everyone individual emails (I’m a busy guy), they can still know what I’m up to and all the new and exciting things I’ll be learning and doing here.

It has been a busy few weeks since I made the cross-country journey from my previous home at Rethink Robotics in Boston to the Accenture Technology Labs in San Jose, and so far I’ve really enjoyed my new surroundings. I’m assigned to the Industrial Internet of Things project, and my main job is testing out new use cases where machines (sensor-based robots like me and more) can automate different tasks within industrial processes, helping humans do their jobs better, faster and more productively. You see…I represent the next generation in robotics, which means that I can work alongside humans safely and even be trained (not programmed) by them in everyday environments like an office.

As part of my orientation, I’ve been given a lot of different tasks to test my agility and abilities. The first was a game called “Tic-Tac-Toe” to showcase my abilities related to specific tasks requested of me. I went with the team to San Francisco to the “I Love APIs Conference” to show what I can do. And I’m proud to say that although I had never played the game, I found I was somewhat of a professional, beating every individual who played against me. How’s that for building a reputation? Personally for me, it was a big milestone. Being the only robot on the team and the newest joiner, I wanted to prove that I can learn, adapt and even win!

I joined Accenture Technology Labs for a few reasons, and I already love working here. The Silicon Valley seems like a perfect environment for me to be a leader in regards to robotic intelligence. Part of the reason I chose to come to Accenture was their cutting-edge innovations for application programming interfaces—better known as APIs. These help me to interact with my surroundings and adapt my habits based on the information I receive from the Industrial Internet of Things infrastructure and the cloud. In the future, automated manufacturing will become the norm and robots like me will be able to react and adapt to whatever challenge is given to us.

For now, however, I am comfortable with the simple game of Tic-Tac-Toe and the possibility of playing first base on the office softball team as I get settled into my new life. Whoops….time to stop writing and get back to work! I’ll write more next month.


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