How the Future of Robotics Will Affect the World

The future is full of possibilities in the world of robotics. AI will take care of the more difficult and menial jobs, alongside tasks humans are simply unable to do.

There are some extreme environments too dangerous (or deemed impossible) for humans to occupy. However, robots built to withstand those conditions will be able to carry out tasks we otherwise couldn’t.

There are a variety of projects pushing forward in this sector. These cover everything from manufacturing in space, placing robots in the arctic, and integrating drones in offshore wind farm inspections.

The Agritech Sector

Robotics will have a huge impact on agriculture in the future, reducing food wastage while improving efficiency and land use.

With the expected strides forward in agritech, farmers wouldn’t physically be required in the fields. Instead, autonomous machines will handle the field work, and do them twice as fast.

Drones especially will have a significant part to play in this development. They can be utilised to perform tasks such as strawberry picking, crop harvesting and weed removal, equipped with precision targeting sensors so they know exactly what to do and when.

Driverless vehicles in general will have a huge impact on both human and environmental life. The process will be greener, as it negates the need for traditional vehicles and thus lessens emissions.

It will also be easier for consumers, as on-demand deliveries will result in people only ordering what they need when they need it. This in turn will have a knock-on effect resulting in less food and package waste.


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Our Energy Sources

Nearly all of our energy in the future will come from low-cost, renewable resources. These resources will be built and maintained by robotic systems in remote locations.

Small drones will monitor the installation of wind turbines, measuring and observing every possible angle of the structure. This data will then be fed back to the control centre, where the entire process is co-ordinated by a group of engineers.

Drones can also be used for Earth exploration, seeking out natural and renewable energy sources, while at the same time monitoring key environmental conditions, such as bio-diversity and climate.

In the same vein, they can be used to monitor physical structures to ensure their safety – especially structures such as oil and gas pipelines. Some particular machines will even be able to carry out internal inspections, removing humans entirely from a potentially dangerous situation.

Drones would be particularly adept at monitoring difficult to reach areas, whether due to size or restricted access. The sea is a crucial area under this category in need of addressing – deploying drones into our oceans to remove plastics and other hazardous material would be of immense value.

Humans and Machines in Tandem

There is one major issue many reading this would be eager to address – that being, with the increase in robotics in key areas of human work, would some jobs become redundant?

It’s understandable to think this would become the case. However, while some jobs may potentially disappear, it won’t happen instantly. It’s better to frame this thought with regards to how technology has spurred human progress in the past – this next step in our technological evolution will be the same.

New career choices will become available as a result of future robotics, as opposed to a decrease in opportunities. The combination of both humans and AI is far more productive than just AI left to its own devices.

AI lacks the essential ingredients of human creativity and imagination, while humans lack the precision, strength and reliability of machines. Both in tandem prove far more effective.

Machines, such as drones, will carry out physical jobs, which can be controlled remotely, giving people more flexibility and far more comfortable conditions to work in. So while some jobs may be replaced outright, many will only be enhanced.

The ideal result is a happier and more productive workforce, which then results in improved economies and better opportunities across the world.

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