The rise of artificial intelligence and robotics has allowed companies like Fitbit, Instacart and Anthropologie to produce more than 20 million clothing items every year, according to a recent report by a leading apparel research firm.
The firm’s report said that it had identified hundreds of companies using artificial intelligent systems to make garments for their customers.
But, it also said that there was a gap in the technology and the data on the industry.
For instance, while some garment manufacturing companies use advanced artificial intelligence systems to help them train and prepare workers, many of them still use humans to do the actual sewing and manufacturing, the report said.
It also noted that many of the companies relied on human labour to do their final assembly, as opposed to machines, to produce their products.
“The way we’re using these systems is not the way the world will be using them,” said Simon Lee, managing director at Fashion Robotics, which focuses on apparel manufacturing.
“You have to be careful not to make assumptions about how people will work with these systems.”
In addition, many companies relied heavily on manual processes in the past, such as sewing a garment by hand.
These manual processes have led to the rise of robots, the researchers said.
This has led to a proliferation of robotics in the manufacturing industry.
The rise in the use of automation has seen many companies investing in machine learning, the ability to train machines to do tasks, or automated software that helps them identify patterns and improve the performance of a robot.
Some of the major players in the garment industry, including Anthropologia, Fitbit and Instacarn, use machine learning.
The Australian Financial Press contacted a number of the top 100 garment companies on the Australian market for their opinions on whether they were using machine learning to produce garments.
Fitbit said it used machine learning as part of its design process, while Instacord said it has made significant progress in the field.
However, the Financial Press was unable to find an answer from Anthropologies or Fitbit on whether it uses machine learning or not.
Anthropologys spokesperson, Amy Wilson, told the Financial Review that its focus is to ensure its clothes are made in the best way possible, adding that it has trained more than 50,000 people on the development of its clothing line since it launched in 2017.
“We’ve trained over 50,00 people on how to make our clothes, and we’ve worked closely with some of the biggest names in the fashion industry to develop our latest range of fabrics,” she said.
“It’s very important to us that our products are made with the highest quality materials.”
In a statement, Instacon said it is working hard to build a network of suppliers, to find the best factories to manufacture our garments in and also to use the best processes for our manufacturing processes.
“This is why we are always working with suppliers and partners to ensure we are working with the right people and working closely with our suppliers, and are continuously improving our processes,” the statement said.
But many of these companies have been criticised by consumer advocates and politicians.
While machine learning has come a long way in the last decade, the technology still hasn’t caught up to the advances in robotics and artificial intelligence that have made the garment manufacturing industry more competitive, said Lee.
“For the last five years, we’ve seen the emergence of robotics, AI, robotics and automation in the apparel industry,” he said.
“[But] in the space of a few years, the whole manufacturing industry has moved on from traditional techniques and is moving towards machine learning.”