Robotics is a growing industry that continues to evolve with each generation, so it may only be a matter of time before we create robots that are similar to those in science fiction. Currently, robots aren’t quite as mobile and agile as people, but they are getting close. The use of artificial intelligence, sensors, and other innovations has already made robots more useful. From deep-sea exploration to helping the disabled function better, robots can be found in every aspect of our society.
They Are Already Taking Jobs
The workforce is continuously evolving, with fewer people eager to work in jobs that require manual labor. Even those who do want to work in those jobs may soon find themselves forced out of their positions by robots. In today’s manufacturing industries, there are many automated processes, and experts in robotics expect automation to continue to replace jobs done by human workers. In fact, it’s expected that more than 120 million people will need to return to school to pursue new careers as a result of being forced out of jobs that will be automated.
Human Workers Will Still Have Options
Some workers will choose other options rather than starting a new career after years in the same industry. Even the most diehard fans of robotics admit that machines will never replace intelligence and rational thought people. This means people will still be needed to oversee the tasks performed by robots and other people. After thousands of years of evolution, people are just better equipped to handle certain tasks. We’re still generations away from creating robots that can do everything a human can do.
Robots Can Do Some Tasks Efficiently
Even with their limitations, robots are already lightening the burden in many industries. For example, robotics are used in creating drones, which perform any number of tasks. We already use robots for surveillance, grabbing and moving items, logistics and transportation, and even for fun.
The next phase in robotics will focus on mimicking the soft movements of humans by looking for materials that can simulate muscle and tissue. These types of soft movements will help robots move with more elegance and grace, but they will also have more dexterity. This next stage in robotics will make our future robots more useful in industries where delicacy and gentle maneuvers are required.