Robots are already working in our everyday lives and have changed the way that some industries operate. The future of robotics will change how we live forever. Manufacturing companies have used robots for well over two decades already, and it has proven to be successful. Society is ready for the change as robot sales increased 29-percent in 2014 totaling 229,261 units. Soon, robots could look and function similar to humans. Robots may become smarter than their creators as soon as 2029, as experts estimate.
Robots Cooking and Waiting on Customers
It has already been mentioned that some fast food chains are exploring the option of replacing human kitchen staff with robots for efficiency and speed purposes. Robots would be able to use smart technology to read orders as they come in, including special orders, and correctly create the item in a fraction of the time that it takes human workers to. The robots would also mean less mistakes and increase revenues since food waste would be significantly reduced.
Robots can move more smoothly than humans when built with the human body in mind. This makes robotic wait staff something that will happen. The robot would be able to be programmed to take a specific route to a specific customer or table number. This would increase the efficiency of kitchen-to-table food service and reduce instances where new wait staff delivers dishes to the wrong table.
Robots would also be able to remember which patron ordered what dish, offering the correct plate to the correct customer.
Google has already created a self-driving vehicle which is currently in the road-testing phases. These cars are manned with real people for safety and in case, of a glitch or malfunction. The concept is that a vehicle would be equipped with dozens of sensors and would be able to compute speed limits, traffic signs and traffic lights.
Specific routes or GPS enabled directions in unfamiliar territory could be programmed. Robots could also interact with intelligent conversations to react with humans in the car. Further developments are required before this type of vehicle can be presented for mass production.
Security and Defense
Robots are used by hundreds of police departments to inspect suspicious or dangerous packages. They are controlled via remote control command for movement and safety for right now. Robots can even be programmed to cut specific wires, deploy non-lethal tactical devices and work as surveillance objects. Drones allow law enforcement agencies to view scenes from the air to develop strategies to remedy the situation in a calmer manner.
Google robots are already telling the world the meaning of life, and some robotic surgeries are already being performed. The future of medicine could be robots working in walk-in clinics, doctor's offices and in non-critical care units. Google has already proven that robots can be interactive in real-time situations by holding intelligent conversations with the machines.
A robot may be able to assess your health condition based upon keywords used to describe symptoms and being able to automatically compute the ailment and types of medications that treat the condition. The robot would then be able to scan your patient file to look for allergies, underlying health conditions and your medical history to determine a proper diagnosis.
Some robots, like the Roomba for automatic vacuuming, have already been developed. Technology is improving and a life-size robot may soon be available to help you clean your home, make repairs or even help you in the yard. Imagine being able to tell a robot to sweep the floor, vacuum, fold laundry or pull weeds from the garden. That dream may not be a dream for much longer.
Robots may soon be able to start your breakfast for you, start dinner in a crockpot or make an entire meal. Sick family members could be tended to by a robot instead of another family member, therefore preventing spreading the illness to the whole family. Some butler droids are in the developmental stages, but will not be ready for testing and use in real-life scenarios for a couple of years yet.
With the use of wireless Internet connections and the ability to develop real-time intelligence, robots are the future. While it takes society a bit of time to adapt to change, it seems to react to technological advancements well. This means that the world is ready for more smart intelligence to be used in everyday applications. One day, in the next decade and a half, jobs may be taken by robots for efficiency, reduced company cost and speed.