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Dancing robots take internet by storm
From Dirty Dancing to data dancing. Image from Boston Dynamics video

A well-known American engineering and robotics company has released a video of four robots dancing to an R&B hit. The robots have stunned the internet with their ability to perform fully choreographed dance moves.

One of the robots even does a breakdance routine. The three-minute video illustrates how far robots have evolved in recent years.

Nowadays, they are used in care homes, factories, schools, restaurants and many other environments. During the COVID-19 pandemic, some hospitals have deployed robots for disinfection, delivering medicine to patients and measuring vital signs.

IEC produces international standards for many of the technologies that robots incorporate including sensors, batteries, and semiconductors. The Joint Technical Committee of IEC and ISO on information technology (ISO/IEC JTC 1) and several of its subcommittees (SCs) prepare International Standards which contribute towards artificial intelligence.

IEC and ISO established the first international standards committee, ISO/IEC JTC 1/ SC 42, that is looking at the entire AI ecosystem, addressing issues concerning trustworthiness, robustness in AI systems and computational methods. 

AI depends on the gathering, analysis and sharing of great volumes of data which are exchanged between applications as well as with external service providers. This makes it equally possible for an assistant-enabled device to turn on the oven or for a manufacturer to improve the safety features on its cars.

ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 41 develops International Standards for the internet of things (IoT), making connectivity possible, while ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 38 addresses the standardization of cloud computing for the storage and retrieval of data.

In addition, AI technologies rely upon IEC Standards for hardware components, such as touchscreens (IEC TC 110) and audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment (IEC TC 100).

IECEx certified robots are widely used in hazardous environments across a wide variety of industries.  IEC TC 31 prepares and maintains international standards relating to equipment for use where there is a hazard due to the possible presence of explosive atmospheres of gases, vapours, mists or combustible dusts.

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