I saw the movie terminator, and it created an image which has overwhelmed the minds of many. When robots are mentioned, what strike a chord are Killer robots. The wonders of sci-fi movies.
Ever considered the possibility of awakening to a future where robots walk side by side with humans on the streets, become bonafide members of the society and have responsibilities. This sounds odd right? Yet, I don’t accept anything is unthinkable particularly at the high speed of innovation and technological development.
Presently, there are robots among us, yet not as much as the number of humans on earth. For further understanding, description on the types of robots is as follow.
According to builtin.com, there are five types of robots:
Pre-programmed robots operate in a controlled environment where they do simple, monotonous tasks. An example of a pre-programmed robot would be a mechanical arm on an automotive assembly line. The arm serves one function — to weld a door on, to insert a certain part into the engine, etc. — and it’s job is to perform that task longer, faster and more efficiently than a human.
Humanoid robots are robots that look like and/or mimic human behavior. These robots usually perform human-like activities (like running, jumping and carrying objects), and are sometimes designed to look like us, even having human faces and expressions.
Autonomous robots operate independently of human operators. These robots are usually designed to carry out tasks in open environments that do not require human supervision. An example of an autonomous robot would be the Roomba vacuum cleaner, which uses sensors to roam throughout a home freely.
Teleoperated robots are mechanical bots controlled by humans. These robots usually work in extreme geographical conditions, weather, circumstances, etc. Examples of teleoperated robots are the human-controlled submarines used to fix underwater pipe leaks during the BP oil spill or drones used to detect landmines on a battlefield.
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Augmenting robots either enhance current human capabilities or replace the capabilities a human may have lost. Some examples of augmenting robots are robotic prosthetic limbs or exoskeletons used to lift hefty weights.
Focusing on Humanriods, there is a further division of this category.
- Social humanriods Robots: These types of robots are near humans, they can walk about, recognize human emotions and interestingly, they are capable of having conversations.
- Non social humanriods Robots: These types of robots are not built in human form. They are designed as therapeutic and emotional assistant.
- Industrial Robots: they are similar with Social humanriods but differ in functionality. Industrial robots are made specifically to perform tasks and work.
Robots are creations of man, to aid and assist. They are programs and should not be perceived as weapons of mass destruction. Robots are a great help to the society. They take up repetitive and boring human jobs at the commands of humans. There are already some early examples of robots and people teaming up. For example, soldiers use drones for surveillance and ground robots for bomb disposal as they carry out military missions. But the U.S. Army envisions increased teaming of soldiers, robots and autonomous systems in the next decade. Beyond the military, these human-robot teams will soon start working in fields as diverse as health care, agriculture, transportation, manufacturing and space exploration. (theconversation.comz).
With all these advantages, why the reservation? We can co exist and with the aid of robots, become more effective because unlike man, according to robotics tomorrow, robots are:
Safety is the most obvious advantage of utilizing robotics. Heavy machinery, machinery that runs at hot temperature and sharp objects can easily injure a human being. By delegating dangerous tasks to a robot, you’re more likely to look at a repair bill than a serious medical bill or a lawsuit. Employees who work dangerous jobs will be thankful that robots can remove some of the risks.
Robots don’t get distracted or need to take breaks. They don’t request vacation time or ask to leave an hour early. A robot will never feel stressed out and start running slower. They also don’t need to be invited to employee meetings or training session. Robots can work all the time, and this speeds up production. They keep your employees from having to overwork themselves to meet high pressure deadlines or seemingly impossible standards.
Robots never need to divide their attention between multitudes of things. Their work is never contingent on the work of other people. They won’t have unexpected emergencies, and they won’t need to be relocated to complete a different time sensitive task. They’re always there, and they’re doing what they’re supposed to do. Automation is typically far more reliable than human labor.
Robots will always deliver quality. Since they’re programmed for precise, repetitive motion, they’re less likely to make mistakes. In some ways, robots are simultaneously an employee and a quality control system. A lack of quirks and preferences, combined with the eliminated possibility of human error, will create a predictably perfect product every time.
6. Create jobs
Robots don’t take jobs away. They merely change the jobs that exist. Robots need people for monitoring and supervision. The more robots we need, the more people we’ll need to build those robots. By training your employees to work with robots, you’re giving them a reason to stay motivated in their position with your company. They’ll be there for the advancements and they’ll have the unique opportunity to develop a new set of tech or engineering related skills.
Robots can’t do everything. Some jobs absolutely need to be completed by a human. If your human employees aren’t caught up doing the things that could have easily be left for robots, they’ll be available and productive. They can talk to customers, answer emails and social media comments, help with branding and marketing, and sell products. You’ll be amazed at how much they can accomplish when the grunt work isn’t weighing them down.
If this doesn’t convince you against robophobia( fear of robots taking over) then I don’t know what will. Break the mental boundaries and ease your suspicion. This technology is not one to go out of existence but one that will succeed. The impact of this total fusion will create an impression in all spheres of life. Embrace the change. Cheers to a Great Future.