Originally Posted by ankleskater
It's not about your idea or mine. You declared HMI as THE problem - i.e. it's a fact. It's not. If it were, the bulk of R&A research would be dedicated to solving it and most manufacturing companies would cite it as the main roadblock to deploying automation.
Nope. Reread my post, or here's the relevant phrase: "I understand your point, but consider this: a major complication (if not THE major complication) with robotic manufacturing is how humans and robots work together." To place a finer point on it, please note this specific part: "a major complication (if not THE major complication)". Thus, I did not state it as a fact. Quite the opposite of what you claim I wrote, I clearly speculated that it was among a set of major complications, but may be "THE" major complication.
Perhaps you are a robotics/automation engineer. No matter. The mere fact (if true) that automation manufacturing engineers have not written copiously on this problem does not in any way preclude the problem as being a major one. The annals of science are riddled with missed opportunities for recognizing significant problems in accepted wisdom and failing to apply corrective innovation.
Further, my understanding of Apple is that they are uniquely capable and motivated to identify and "designing away" significant product development, manufacture, distribution, and sales problems (e.g., in product design, human interface design, retail store operations, supply chain management) where very few other companies can see those problems or consider them business-critical. Taking this all together, one may now view Apple also as a company very invested in another sort of human interface design problem-solving, i. e., human/robot interaction in automated manufacturing processes.