It’s not much surprise that the robotics market is set to hit $135.4 billion by 2019, all types of industries are finding it to be cheaper and more effective to implement robotics in their field. Using robots to perform human tasks allows for humanity to focus on new enterprises, and opens up the possibility for universal basic income in the future. Here are the ten industries that are most disrupted by the technology:
In the United States, markets have been rough on the agriculture business these past ten years. With minimum wage increasing to $15, high competition for super cheap prices on food, it’s been hard for most farms to break even, let alone profit. Most migrant workers are leaving the scene as well, finding better jobs and driving up the cost of labor. But many see the future of farm harvesting and maintenance to be in the hands of robots. Robots today are still in rather early development, but we are already seeing machines that can pick strawberries, mow lawns, prune grapes without a driver a bay. Automated farms are the future for feeding the world.
Industrial robots are innovating the manufacturing industry. We are seeing more bots taking on human traits, such as dexterity and decision making, but with the precision of artificial capability. Many worry that these robots will take over jobs, but the reality is that jobs are just moving over to other sectors. And to top it off, the average age of a manufacturing employee is 45– the millennial generation has no interest as it is in manufacturing. Robotics will continue to improve the manufacturing industry until almost everything is automated.
What would you trust more: humans performing surgery on you, or a human operated surgery machine performing on you? It may sound crazy (or maybe not to you), but robots can work with tiny tools with the utmost precision to perform was is called “minimally invasive” surgery. Surgeons work from a screen next to you with an enlarged view of what is going on via video camera. Robotics is finding its way through the medical industry, working with surgeons and professionals to increase chances of success with the minimum amount of damage done.
4. Elderly Care
Japan is facing a big population problem today, as the population is actually shrinking, compared to most countries facing the opposite problem. This means less young workers can replace the elderly, and overcrowded retirement and nursing homes. But, Japan is coming up with a solution: through robotics. Social Assistive Robots, or SARs, are robots who can communicate via natural language as well as perform physical tasks. These bots are still under development, but a very small, but powerful example can be seen with the seal pups made for Japanese elderly. Japan, having to deal with these situations first, could be leading the world in the future of elderly care.
Machines already disrupt the construction industry- many laborers working are operating heavy equipment like cranes and bulldozers. But robotics of today is looking to create more intelligent robots… Ones that may replace humans altogether. From surveying drones to 3D printing builders (hyperlink to 3D printing page), robots are beginning to understand all the aspects of building. This new form of construction may change the very way buildings are laid out, and we may see a new aesthetic coming from the technology.
Brick and mortar stores are facing a dilemma- much of the money they make comes from online shopping. Storefronts are looking to battle this with robotic help. What will first be seen as a novel experience to a customer (like ordering CDs from a humanized robot that brings it to you), can become the norm and the main reason why you would want to come to a storefront. Retail is making it fun again to go shopping- combining VR (Link to VR page) to the shopping experience as well.
While it has been no news that robots have been involved in the car industry for some time, the recent progress we have made in developing smarter, more efficient AI bots has become apparent. Robots in car assembly have now been given “vision” to see where exactly certain parts should be installed on a car. Bots are also able to collaborate between handling bots and welding bots.
8. Driverless industry
This industry, though connected through the automotive, needs its own mention; driverless cars will be the first robotic/AI technology that the general public will come to trust. Driverless cars are said to be much safer than operated vehicles, and the US Department of Transportation has already approved Google’s self-driving car as a “driver.” Driverless cars are combining robotics with artificial intelligence to bring the passenger from A to B, without the need of anyone’s attention.
9. Personal Assistant
Robots as personal assistants is an emerging industry that will soon take off. We already use many machines to help us clean and organize our lives, but robots of the future can do all of the cleaning, order products for us, and even read bedtime stories for kids. Robots are learning to get personal as well, and many believe that one day your personal robot will be a part of the family.
The role that robots play in space is vital to our advancement in discovery. The Curiosity is the most recent rover to land on Mars and is used to test radiation levels, determine the natural landscape, investigate the soil, and some other functions that could only be executed by robots. We have never attempted to send any human to Mars, but since a robot can perform most the functions needed anyway, there’s not much point. Many satellite repairs in space are done by robots as well.