Instead of replacing us, robots will increasingly be our companions. Not only on factory floors, but also in care homes, shopping centres, and various other places. And as investments in robotics increase, machines are bound to further enhance our professional and personal lives. As the field of robotics continues to advance, robots are infiltrating our lives in a myriad of ways.
Trends that Shape the Future of Robots
Robotic automation is changing the face of various industries. In factories, robots are assisting humans by taking care of dangerous tasks, and with these automated operations, human workers can devote their time to more important and less repetitive tasks. In construction, robots are increasing worker safety by taking over dirty and dangerous jobs.
As for the retail world, investments in robotics have never been higher. Retailers are relying on robots to restock shelves, and in warehouses, they’re picking and sorting orders.
Although robots will never fully replace human interaction, at least not yet, when your loved ones can't be with you, a robot companion could be a relatively workable substitute. Technology like companion robots already exists, and they’re used in various care homes to provide companionship for the elderly. Experiments have shown that this innovation reduces stress and anxiety in people who are often alone.
While some worry that robots will take over all of our jobs in the future, but this is not very likely to be the case. We’re much more likely to see the emergence of cobots – robots that work alongside humans – and emerging trends in robotics indicate that robots will enhance our lives, instead of fully replacing us. One thing is certain, robots have already changed the way most industries operate, and this transformation will permeate our everyday lives as well.