The so-called “Robolution” is happening as we speak and has never been more obvious than it is today.
Picture this: Would your parents – or even yourself – have thought, let’s say, 10 years ago that robotics would become such an inalienable component of our professional lives? Hard to believe, unless your parents were science fiction writers…
The tremendous increase in interest for robots is mostly noticeable in such countries as the United States, Germany, China, Japan and even South Korea, where, combined, a whopping 70% of all robot sales go to them. Out of these, South Korea employs 4,37 robots per 100 employees, and this number is only bound to increase in the near future. Conversely, the United States is far beneath the number, employing only 1,52 robots per 100 employees as seen in the infographic below discovered via TradeMachines.
As you would naturally expect, two main camps have emerged since robots have become mainstream: one that opposes robots, and the other which does not.
The former camp is a strong – and even quite adamant – believer of the fact that by 2099, 70% of our jobs will be automated, thus completely taken in charge by robots. This is a mostly true trend, however, recent studies have clearly shown that, at least in some countries, the amount of human jobs is directly proportional to the amount of robot jobs that are created, with 1,5 million jobs resulting from robotics in automotive in the USA alone.
“Instead of fearing robots, we should learn to cooperate with them.”
Let’s face it: when we think about robots interfering with our jobs, a shiver goes down our spines. Nobody wants to even think about living on the back of others.
Contrary to popular belief, the future is quite bright in this respect. After all, don’t we all have our own personal “robots” helping us with daily chores all day long? Yes, your computer is a robot, and so is your smartphone.
However, it can’t be narrowed down simply to this. The advent of collaborative robots, popularly known as CoBots, is near, and “it will have a huge impact”, according to Andra Keay, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics. She continues: “CoBots will be part of all aspects of our lives, including healthcare, art and even transport.” The latter is especially true with Tesla Motors, the cars of which now have a device specially designed for self-driving. Not only will robots actually create more jobs for us, but they will also boost our safety, provide entertainment and even increase life expectancy.
By Glenn Blake