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Global Management Forum 2018

Robot maker Fanuc lives on the 'edge' of data processing

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Fanuc, which makes this industrial robot, is looking to build the AI-driven factory of the future.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese industrial robotics company Fanuc is zeroing in on edge computing, where data is processed as close to the source as possible, Chairman and CEO Yoshiharu Inaba said in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Unlike cloud computing, which relies on massive data centers, edge computing in the case of Fanuc means having robots on the production line process data. Some say this is the next leap in technology beyond the cloud.

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