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Farmers to Deploy ‘Spot,’ a 4-Legged Robot, for Property Inspections

The newest member of Farmers Insurance Group’s catastrophe response team is a four-legged robot that vaguely resembles a headless greyhound. Farmers announced that it purchased a remote-controlled robot dubbed “Spot” from Boston Dynamics and expects delivery this fall, after the …

11th Circuit: Discovery May Include Executives for Insurer Accused of Disability Discrimination

A woman pursuing a disability discrimination claim may depose senior executives at the insurance company that fired her, a federal appellate court ruled Monday, overturning a decision by federal judge in Alabama. Montgomery attorney Julian McPhillips said the 11th Circuit …

Pandemic’s Labor Reshuffle Likely Just Starting For US Workers

WASHINGTON — If the coronavirus pandemic produced its own brand of anxiety for American workers trying to stay healthy while balancing job and family demands, the coming return to “normal” will pose a new set of challenges. Like whether to …

Viewpoint: How Automation is Digitally Transforming the Insurance Industry

Innovation in the insurance industry is no longer a buzzword. It is fast becoming a catalyst to win market share. In the past, the industry has been a slow adopter of emerging technologies. The industry was also marred by other …

Boeing’s Humans Step in After Robots Fumble Assembly of 777 Jets

Score one for the humans. After four years of trial and error, Boeing Co. is dumping the robots that build two main fuselage sections for its 777 jetliners and the upgraded model known as 777X. Instead, the Chicago-based planemaker will …

Viewpoint: Automation Makes Time for Scalable Compassion

The modern workers’ compensation system was devised to provide a guarantee of care and medical treatment to injured workers from their employers. Organizations also are expected to offer guidance on the resources available to injured workers as well as how …

Tyson Bets on Robots to Fight Meat Industry Worker Shortage

When you visit a meat plant, humans are completing tasks like stacking pallets and packing chicken drumsticks. But Tyson Foods Inc. thinks robots can do it all. The U.S. meat giant is betting that automation and robotics can alleviate a …

Legacy Carriers Embracing Tech with ‘Human Touch’

CHICAGO — The digital transformation of the insurance industry isn’t just for insurtech startups any more. At Allstate, 60 percent of claims are now filed with a cell phone application that allows policyholders to take photos of the damage, Chief …

Viewpoint: Three Ways to Facilitate Better Decision-Making with Claims Automation

Automation has been a part of the workers’ compensation and auto casualty industries for years, but today, a large opportunity still remains to increase automation in the claims process. The future of automation in the Property and Casualty industry is …

World Bank: Robots Aren’t Killing Off All Our Jobs Yet

The rise of automation has so far had a negligible impact on jobs at a global scale, the World Bank chief economist said, despite common gloomy predictions that humans are set to be replaced by machines. While advanced economies have …