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Robots can pack things very quickly. That’s why they have become indispensable in distribution centers. But they’re still not very smart. That’s why humans can sometimes do their work much faster. Because they are able to anticipate things and think for themselves. The problem is that fewer and fewer people feel like doing this kind of work. That is why the TU/e (Eindhoven University of Technology), together with two other universities, a knowledge institute and four companies, are starting a four-year research project into a packaging robot that is capable of replacing a human being for these types of tasks.

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