Will Minnesota be the new hub for the robotics industry?

From surgical robots to farming automation to unmanned aircraft, robotics is spreading across the Midwest. And some technologists think Minnesota is poised to become the industry's regional hub. A conference at the U of M this week will look at how to make that happen.
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From surgical robots to farming automation to unmanned aircraft, robotics is spreading across the Midwest. And some technologists think Minnesota is poised to become the industry's regional hub. A conference at the U of M this week will look at how to make that happen.

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