Welcome to the summer of robots

Welcome to the summer of robots

We encounter a lot of robots in our daily lives – delivering our food, pouring drinks, mowing the lawn – but they are just a small glimpse of what’s to come.

why does it matter: As smart machines take on tasks as diverse as chopping vegetables, driving trucks, and helping the elderly, the human workforce will experience major shifts in in-demand jobs.

News Leadership: The number of labor-saving robots on the market is increasing, thanks to improvements in artificial intelligence and lower development costs. People are used to some of them (hello, Roomba broom), but others still fill us with amazement.

  • Robot bartenders are everywhere, from sports arenas to hotels, while robot servers in restaurants carry bowls of ramen noodles, chicken curries and other dishes.
  • Delivery robots carry meals and groceries on city streets and sidewalks (where it still sparks curiosity), as well as on college campuses (where students crave it). name them).
  • Professional kitchens are transformed by robots that can flip burgers and brew coffee.
  • In Japan, robots are “commonly used for jobs such as chopping vegetables and making sushi” to me Robotics and Automation News. It also helps farmers grow rice and other crops.
  • robot dogs Complete Works In ways that make Border Collie proud—as pets, tennis ball sacks (good boy!), and monitors and utility inspectors.
    • But other uses have sparked controversy. New York Police Department stop using Its “Digidog” program amid civil liberties complaints, and a proposal to deploy it on the US-Mexico border, has raised concerns.

What they say about the robotics revolution: “I will compare it to the computer industry in the early 1990s, when the software was just developing,” Ajay Sankara, CEO of Nala Robotics, told Axios. “I think this is the first stage and robots are here to stay.”

  • His company just introducedPizzaA pizza-making robot that can make 50 pies an hour. It takes voice commands and can knead dough and stretch it with its robotic arms (and put in 35 kinds of toppings).

Between the lines: An ongoing labor shortage is driving up demand for robot workers, while the pandemic has heightened concerns about hygiene — making people sensitive to whoever touches their food and groceries.

The Big Picture: Experts say the robots are set to make a particularly big difference in the care of the elderly.

  • Robotic home monitoring systems will detect if an elderly person has fallen — and call for help.
  • Professor Lionel Robert Jr., a roboticist at the University of Michigan, says a robotic healthcare worker “can take care of us, tell a story, cook and clean”. “So they can do the messy work, but they can also be our friend — and measure our pulse and blood pressure.”

Stereoscopic Angle: Robots interact with people in increasingly human and personal ways, deepening our connection to them — and frightening us.

  • Humanoid robots can sing, tell jokes, and even paint artistic pictures.
  • Professor Christopher Atkeson, a robotics scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, predicts that voice assistants like Siri and Alexa will become sophisticated enough to engage in meaningful dialogue.
  • “You will have real immersive conversations with these personal clients, and they will become your friends,” he told Axios.

What’s Next: The robots in development will eventually be able to empty the dishwasher, fold the laundry, and collect the toys your child has thrown on the floor.

  • They’ll even absorb the potato chips scattered on your sofa cushions New video from Dyson.
  • “Any kitchen appliance you can think of is going to have a bigger brain and more sensors,” Atkeson says.
Serve Robotics supplies delivery robots to Uber Eats, serving in LA Photo Courtesy of Serve Robotics

Editor’s note: This story was originally published on June 9th.

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