Remember when robots seemed like fictional characters in books and films, not anymore…
We have worked alongside robots for many decades, however in recent years they’ve grabbed more media attention.
For many years they’ve been enhancing our lives across industries from Agriculture to Medical, to Industrial. The use of robotics rose during the pandemic due to the rise of home-working, and online shopping.
It’s said robots could take 20 million jobs (cnbc.com) and are forecast to be worth $568 billion by 2030.
So, do we really think they’re going to take over the world?
Unlike humans, robots have a continuous productivity span. There is no tiredness or need for breaks, which could lead to huge economic growth, especially if they can complete the activities we don’t like doing!
This technology is very up and coming, the latest advancements include flea-sized robots, and the ability to transfer human skin onto a robot.
Despite robots seeming like an extra-terrestrial ideology, robotics is involved in most of your day-to-day items. Think about what home electronics you have… for example, Alexa.
Do you remember the 2020 NASA Perseverance Rover landing on Mars? Without robots we wouldn’t be able to enter such spaces which are unsafe for humans.
Are we taking this too far?
Well, currently robots have no legal rights and so the chance of them ‘taking over’ is very low. Despite there being walking, talking robots, most robots are commonly used in the medical field as they can make small incisions.
As useful as robots may be, there are a few problems relating to this technology. For example, they can’t improvise or ‘use their common sense’. If changes need to be made, engineers will need to modify the code.
What else are we expecting from this rise in robotics…?
We have already noticed the use of robotics has increased across retail. For example, we now see more self-scanners than human-operated tills in many shops.
As we head further into the digital age, the use of robotics will use, and will increase STEM related jobs with it.
As a result, there will likely be a decline in minimum wage jobs, particularly across warehouse, sales, and customer service.
The likelihood of cyber-attacks is already steadily increasing. Around the world strategies and policies are being drawn up in hope to prevent such attacks. Here in the UK, we have the 2022 National Cyber Strategy which aims to protect society’s infrastructure.
As a society, we need to be prepared to train and up-skill workers to be able to keep up with the advancements.
Do you think this is the way forward for society?
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