The Future of Robotics
It is not surprising that manufacturing robots are becoming more prevalent globally. Since the industry is expected to reach $135 billion by 2019, it is obvious that the robotics boom is still going strong. Robotics is, after all, “among the core technologies that is enabling significant change in manufacturing,” as Dr. Jing Bing Zhang, research director for IDC, recently stated to Forbes.
We sometimes view Robots as metallic human-like machines that are programmed to carry out tasks. When we hear the term ‘Robots’, we think of human-like robots with a sci-fi influence. These ideas are mostly fictitious; there are many different kinds of robots in use today. In this article, we would be taking a look at what Robots are, and how they are shaping the future.
What are Robots?
According to Wikipedia, a robot is “ a machine—especially one programmable by a computer—capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically. A robot can be guided by an external control device, or the control may be embedded within.” A more detailed definition explains that:
‘Robotic systems can be defined as interconnected, interactive, cognitive and physical tools that are able to perceive the environment using sensors, reason about events, make plans using algorithms implemented in computer programs, and perform actions enabled by actuators’.
Furthermore, Robots are tools that have autonomous sensing, reasoning, planning, and action. They can mimic human actions and increase human capabilities in addition to performing independent tasks. Finally, the term “robot” is derived from the Czech word “robota,” which refers to forced labour. Robotics, on the other hand, is the science of building robots. This interdisciplinary field brings together computer science, engineering, and technology. The primary concerns of those involved in robotics are the design, manufacture, use, and application of robots in various settings. Robotics has largely focused on developing machines that can perform routine or simple tasks on a large scale or operate in hazardous environments where humans cannot.
How is Robotics Shaping the World?
A rapidly developing area of technology, robotics is influencing how people will travel, work, and explore in the future. Things are being elevated even further by supplementary developments in AI, computing, and IoT. There are some fascinating advancements in robotics that will be essential to daily life everywhere.
Robotics, on the other hand, is the science of building robots. This interdisciplinary field brings together computer science, engineering, and technology. The primary concerns of those involved in robotics are the design, manufacture, use, and application of robots in various settings. Robotics has largely focused on developing machines that can perform routine or simple tasks on a large scale or operate in hazardous environments where humans cannot.
In the 2030s, robot-powered vehicles may be on the road in major cities worldwide. These cars will make travel more accessible reduce emissions and improve policing behaviours.
Educational robotics is experiencing some fun and exciting innovations right now. The COVID-19 pandemic led educators and parents to analyse education and the role of technology in learning. In the future, teachers and instructors may be robots. At CES 2020, Samsung’s STAR Labs announced a ground-breaking project called NEON. The project consists of lifelike AI models with unique personalities, specialties and even full physical appearances. The NEONs are still in very early development, but Samsung hopes they will one day take on everyday roles, including acting as teachers.
Today, healthcare is one of the frontiers of robotics, with innovations pushing science and engineering to new heights. Robots will revolutionize medicine in the coming years and decades, with everything from remote robotic surgeries to artificial intelligence nurses. Robots may be commonplace in hospital corridors around the world by 2030. Researchers at MIT announced a new system in 2022 that would allow doctors to treat stroke and aneurysm patients remotely. With conditions like these, time is of the essence; patients cannot wait for a doctor to fly halfway around the world. The remote robotic surgery system developed by MIT could save lives.
Also, robots are assisting in other ways. The COVID-19 pandemic boosted demand for UV disinfection bots. These self-driving vehicles rove through buildings, killing bacteria and sterilizing surfaces with UV light. This protects everyone who works in and lives in hospitals and helps to keep disease at bay.
Other areas where robotics will have an impact in the future include agriculture, industry, entertainment, construction, and so on. These improved robots will not replace workers, despite predictions from dismal thinkers. As robots become more advanced and are used alongside humans in more aspects of life, we can expect to see more of them. This is also true for robots. In many cases, employees will receive valuable in-house training and upskilling, providing them with a set of skills that can be applied to robot programming, maintenance, and other fields and industries.
Finally, robots have the potential to improve our standard of living. They may be able to improve healthcare, make transportation more efficient, and give us more freedom to pursue creative endeavors in addition to shouldering the burden of physically demanding or repetitive tasks. Whatever the pluses and minuses, one thing is certain: those with robotics skills will be in high demand in the future. There will almost certainly always be work in the field of robotics, whether it is creating, programming, or maintaining robots.