It is easy to see how robots are changing daily life. Just think about the self-serve gas station next time you stop. This was not possible when gas stations were first established. Even residents living in rural areas of the U.S. now have access to these robots. This is just one example of the impact artificial intelligence has on our lives.
The top tech companies are constantly trying to improve the way robotics is used in everyday life. This will bring us into a very exciting future.
Let's not make too many predictions. Here are 7 ways that robotics can transform our future, based on some current trends.
1. Robots at home
Already, cloud-connected home robots have become a part of our daily lives. The vacuum cleaner can be set up to perform the task for us. We can also schedule a home-cooked meal to be prepared when we are done with work. Multi-function robot cookers can fry, steam, bake, and slow cook without the need for our assistance. They are ready to go.
These robots connected to the cloud are expected to become more advanced. In the coming years, we expect to see improved speech comprehension and more interactions with people. These developments could change the look and feel of your home!
2. Robots can be coworkers
The workplace of the future will be dominated by robots. Robots will be able to take on multiple roles within an organization. It's time to think about how we'll interact and collaborate with them.
Voice commands will be used to communicate with the machines. Machines will likely improve in voice recognition. The future can probably be envisioned the following way: You're likely to walk into an office to find your system's been churning for the past couple of hours, considering what's going on in your business, your job, and what you need to accomplish that day. It will probably give you several suggestions about the direction to go. It sounds like a very achievable future, what do you think?
3. They also create jobs
The most common fear about robotics development is "Robots are going to take our jobs!" Technology is constantly changing and has economic implications. For example, driverless cars are very likely to replace taxi drivers in the future.
Artificial intelligence, however, will likely replace jobs in the near future. It will create new markets and jobs, which is the good news. Although we might need to retrain and get additional education for these jobs, the opportunities are there.
4. Autonomous cars
While self-driving cars require human intervention, we are getting closer to the day when it will be possible. The public's perception of this technology has changed over the past decade. It was once "How is it possible?", yet now people are wondering which of their favorite car manufacturers will provide a self-driving car next.
Waymo, which was founded from Google's self-driving vehicle project, is no longer the dominant player in this market. Every major automobile manufacturer is now pursuing this technology. Uber is one of the leaders at the forefront. This service allows users to match with a self-driving Uber upon request, giving them a glimpse into the future.
This trend will take us to new places. We'll see a new face of public transportation by 2022 as companies continue to invest in the trend.
5. Healthcare robots
We are also looking at a new future for healthcare. Instead of seeing a primary care doctor who will perform a simple check-up, we will have intelligent robots doing these tasks. They will be able to interact with patients and check on their condition, as well as evaluate the need for additional appointments.
Pharmaceutics robots are set to bring about more significant changes. They will be similar to ATMs for medication, so we can get the medicines we need without having to talk to strangers about our health.
6. Robotics for entertainment
Robots are becoming more interactive, personalized, and engaging than ever before. Virtual reality will soon be a part of our daily lives thanks to the rapid growth of the industry. Virtual reality will allow us to communicate with our home entertainment systems via conversations. They will also respond to our attempts at communication.
7. Robots will improve our standard of living
This is what we've seen throughout history: Automation and mechanization increase the standard of living. It happened with the Industrial Revolution, and it will happen again. According to the United Nations estimates poverty has been reduced more in the last five decades than it was in the 50 preceding. This is because technology played an important role in the sevenfold increase in global economic growth.
As technology advances, we can see that machines and robots will be able to perform most routine and repetitive jobs. This is the essence of machine learning and robotics. Yet we will also observe how society will advance in various areas due to robotics. Now what is left is to see how we will adjust to them and their impact.