The future of Industrial Robots

As technology permeates into robotics, robots of the future will be completely different from how we know them now.

Industrial robots have eased automation and made it easier for companies to produce more and better quality products. They have improved factory working conditions for the employees by taking over the dull, dirty, dangerous and seemingly impossible tasks.

Presently, the introduction of new technologies into everyday activities has transformed and disrupted traditional businesses and industries. Traditional market leaders in industries such as retail and publishing are now reeling from the disruption technology players have brought into their industries. They are seeking ways to regain control of the market, lest they are rendered obsolete.

Robotics and technology are also merging and the future is nothing but bright and eventful.

Here are some of the things we can expect to see as robots in the workplace adapt to technology and evolve.

Self-learning robots

Through machine learning, robots will have the ability to teach themselves how to perform most tasks within the factory through observation or through trial and error. Currently, robotic arms in the factory are instructed through programmed instructions or manually on how to complete tasks assigned to them.

For example, Brett, a robot developed by UC Berkeley has taught itself how to play the children’s game that involves cramming pegs of different shapes into holes of different shapes through trial and error.

From this example, it is easy to predict that robots will teach themselves how to carry out tasks within the factory. They will do this by observation and trial and error and will have the capacity to learn and correct their mistakes.

Enhanced human robot interactions  

Presently, collaborative robots are considered tools present to assist human workers in the factory. With the increasing knowledge and gains in artificial intelligence, the future robots in industry will interact differently with their human colleagues.

First through advanced vision capabilities, they will have the ability to identify their human colleagues by their gait and other biometric features.

In addition, voice commands will be the main mode of instructions to industrial robots as opposed to the current programming or manual training. Robots and humans will probably have the ability to engage in office and friendly banter as artificial intelligence offers robots more and more human capabilities including emotions and a wide range vocabulary.

Robots taking up all the work

AS technology eliminates the need for large number of people in a myriad of industries, the robots of the future seem ready to replace all the workers, including those in white collar jobs.

This notion is causing jitters in the world and a series of discussions are already being held to brainstorm on how people will live in a world where they will not have to work for a living. This is leading to discussions on universal basic income and robot tax that will be paid by all companies that replace human workers with robots.

Robots collaborating with other robots

Collaborative robots will not only collaborate with human employees, they will collaborate robot to robot.  This is already happening and in future it will take over more tasks. At the moment is confined to the auto industry where automakers have set up warehouses run fully by robots. The robots are used as they are fast and the work they are currently doing is highly monotonous and boring.

In this case, robots are monitored remotely to ensure that they are doing everything right. Unlike traditional robots these robots perform multiple tasks and produce different types of products.

Robots in other industries

Robots will also advance and enhance their presence in other industries. In the future, robots will not only prepare you to see the doctor, they will conduct a checkup, diagnose you, prescribe drugs and even set up appointments for you with specialists if need be.

Self-driving vehicles, robots in the military and other robots will have enhanced capabilities and in the near future.

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