How Robots Are Changing The World Today
Updated: Apr 3, 2020
The following is an article “How Robots Are Changing The World Today” by Marc Primo.
To say that Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has advanced through the years is an understatement. Remember Sophia, the first humanoid robot granted citizenship by a country or the AI robot duo that was deployed on a test trial to guide the visitors of Tokyo Station in Japan early this year? How about the famous ASIMO, the trailblazing robot of Honda in 2000? These are just some of the few that tell us how robot innovation continues to develop exponentially and is shaping the world’s future.
However, not all robots are designed to look like humans. Some are created to do certain jobs and functions that assist us in difficult and dangerous tasks. Nowadays, robots are being used for various purposes and below are just some of the ways industries have used them.
Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals. In 2000, the world witnessed a ground-breaking time for robot advancement in the medical field as the Food and Drug Administration cleared the first robotic surgery system called the Da Vinci Surgical System. It has since become the most famous medical robot to date in how it was successfully used in a wide range of procedures and surgeries, most commonly on prostate removal and cardiac valve repair. Robots also play a vital role in laboratories and pharmaceutical industries with the use of automated equipment and robotic systems performing tasks such as primary packaging, logistics, and production among others.
Improved labor efficiency. Whether it’s for industrial or collaborative use, robot technology can be beneficial in manufacturing, factory work, and other similar industries because of their capability to perform a variety of tasks in a precise, consistent, and faster method. The ability of robots to complete tasks accurately and at constant speed have increased the productivity of industries throughout years. Humans can also use these robotic technologies as a tool to save time and produce higher output, but the reality is that somehow, some human jobs can be taken over by robots in the future.
Service, Household, and Entertainment. How many times do you think a robot has been of service to you? In the East, specifically in Japan, service robots are thriving. They are being used not just for industrial purposes but also to provide useful domestic services to people’s day to day lives. People around the world are now taking advantage of this innovation as we now see robots doing menial household chores for us that include Wi-Fi-enabled robotic vacuum cleaners, window-cleaning robots, and robotic lawnmowers. In the coming years, we will most likely see this technology continue to develop into a more progressive version that will continually change people’s way of living.
Education. In this modern world, social robots have the potential to become a part of the academic landscape. They can be used in education and can play a pivotal role in boosting personalized learning. In 2008, the manufacturer of NAO, a humanoid robot, released the NAO Academic Edition which was widely used for educational and research purposes.
In a nutshell, robots were invented to complement human skills and not to overrule people. They shouldn’t be viewed as a replacement but rather as objects that can make our lives easier and enhance our experiences. Governments are responsible for how humans can gain employment and not allow robots to run down the entire job market. It’s safe to say that the human mind will always be the most capable source of innovation, and bots will always be at every human being’s command.