Whether its hitchhiking on the roads of Canada or participating in the first robotic Olympics to be held in Tokyo in 2020, robots are continuing to invade our daily lives. We will find them working in some of the most unexpected places. Here’s a scan of the areas where we can foresee their use in near future.
1. Robots Writing Press Articles
The international news agency Associated Press (APP) had announced this June that they will be soon using sofware robots to write press articles. What is the purpose? This will allow journalists to focus more on tasks like investigation and reporting of the story rather than processing of information. This automation will multiply the number of journalistic stories. According to the claim of APP, using this new technology, they can provide 4,400 journalistic stories per quarter instead of current 300 stories in the same time. The agency guarantees that this new technology will provide the same quality of editorial content. While at the same time, no jobs will be lost.
2. 700 Professional Jobs To Be Replaced By Robots In Next Ten To Twenty Years
Journalism is not the only field affected by this robotic automation. In the United States, receptionists, sales persons, security guards, fast food cooks and even taxi drivers have 8 out of 10 possibility of seeing their positions filled by the robots. However, the manual trades that require higher competence and precision like surgeons, artists and professors have less chances of being replaced.
3. Companion robots: Romeo, future assistant and personal companion
A robot, named Romeo, is being developed by a French company and is expected to be used in the old age homes starting from 2017. It measures 1.40 m and can help old people get up in case of a fall. It can also open doors, recognize and place objects on a table. Its designers are also working on its social interaction capabilities. It can initiate a discussion using the information collected from the internet. It can also administer medical dose at the right time and call medical hotline in case of emergency. A prototype of Romeo will be tested in real world scenarios in 2016. The older brother of Romeo is Nao. It measure only only 58 cm and can be used for a more playful and educational functions. Nearly 80 high schools in France are already with this robot.
4. Mini Robots To Pollinate Fruits And Crops
The bees pollinate nearly 85% of fruit and vegetables on Earth. However, owing to the sudden decrease of the bee population around the world, the scientists are developing small insect robots to be used for the pollination. Measuring just 3 cm, these RoboBees would be able to navigate like bees to 250 flowers per day and artificially pollinate them. These RoboBees are expected to enter the service around 2024.
5. Humanoid Robots As Family Members
In Japan, which is a leader in industrial robots, a lots of research is going on humanoid robots that copy human behaviour. Well known for having created his robotic double, the robotics expert Hiroshi Ishiguro is also making androids and gynoids (woman) versions of these robots. In a more recent development, a consortium of 300 Japanese companies has been made. The objective is to develop hundreds of ultra-sophisticated robots for social and familial assistanship, by year 2020.
6. Sexbots For The Bedroom
According to report by Pew research entitled “AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs”, the artificial intelligence algorithms and the robots are getting more smarter and intelligent. One of the possible place where the robots will be used in future will be your robots. Stowe Boyd, from GigaOM Research, has made this scary claim that by 2025 sexbots will be a common place.
7. Origami Robots That Can Assemble On Their Own
In the United States, researchers have developed a new kind of origami robots, that has a planar shape at rest but it can itself take the shape of a quadruped within minutes. Ultimately, it will be possible to develop complex powerful robots of different sizes. These self-directed robots could used in space or disaster management. Imagine these robots could self-assemble to rescue victims in confined places which are inaccessible to humans or deploy only once placed in the orbit during a space missions.
8. LS3, The Mule Robot Of US Army
Designed to relieve the troops by transporting their equipment in the battle field and otherwise, LS3 is an all-terrain machine made for Darpa (which is the United States’ agency for advanced research projects related to defense). It is not only able to carry an Impressive amount of load, but also able to run, cross walls and stand up.