The day will come when You'll prefer robots to people

The revolution of robotics continues. We are now seeing a sort of Cambrian explosion in the field of robots of all sizes, shapes and ways of movement that are selected from laboratories and crawl, drive, go, run towards the mass market. They are going to enter your house and change your experience with the world.

And here's why.

Four intersecting technologyuniversity robotics provide four areas of technology.

Sensors. Today, for $ 10 you can buy an incredible sensor that was worth a thousand times more expensive 20 years ago. Sensors can listen, to see, to feel and to navigate, and their cost, size, weight, and power consumption is falling every year, largely due to the development of smartphones.

Endless calculations. The processor of your mobile phone today would have been considered a supercomputer 20 years ago. In addition, he is associated with the cloud that allows it to hold virtually unlimited number of computing operations. In combination with the aforementioned sensors that allows the robots to be aware of any situation and "to comprehend" contextual information in real-time.

3D-printed parts. The development of intelligent software and 3D printing technologies allow entrepreneurs to design, prototypicality and create, and at the same time to test new robots on the fly, before starting mass production.

Open source. There are many fans of open source, sharing projects, publish software updates, answer questions, and more. Regardless of what you are looking for, everything can be found online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, completely free of charge. Ask a question — get an answer.

In the fourth quarter of last year, when Google announced the purchase of eight robotic companies, including Boston Dynamics, began a powerful movement. Somewhere in the bowels of Google developed unmanned aerial vehicles for delivery, Autonomous balloons that provide Internet and self-driving cars.

In recent months, the world saw the presentation of robotic guards (Nightscape from K5), robot deliverymen in hotels and hospitals (Savioke), Autonomous robots for retailers who know what is in store and where it is (Fellow Robots in partnership with Lowe's).

In the near future we will see significant development of robots in the following fields.

Five best custom applications robotboy. Today you can buy an unmanned drone for $ 50 and send pictures on my iPhone. Ten years ago this technology was considered a military secret. Another drone takes off from your wrist and makes a selfie. The third will be to observe your house, at the request or for you to carry your package.

Autonomous vehicles. Self-driving cars are also robots, and every major automaker is working on its own version of such cars. Self-managed Google cars already traveled more than a million kilometres on their own. The newly announced Model D has an autopilot and will be able to Park in your garage (if you own it).

The retail trade. Fellow Robots has partnered with Lowe's to deliver the first generation OSHBots — Autonomous robots that know where all the shop goods, can navigate through it to communicate with customers in different languages and know more than ordinary consultants. The Botlr robot from Savioke fits perfectly into the hotel, knows the map of the hotel and can deliver a tooth brush, a bottle of water or newspaper in the room guest. He independently goes to the elevators and could go around unexpected obstacles.

Your home. It all started with a Roomba many years ago. Today, in addition to a variety of robots polishers can also be used for telepresence robots.

Health. The robotics there are hundreds of applications in healthcare and medicine. Robotic surgery (da Vinci) carry out surgery more accurately and do not suffer from human flaws (shaky hands, lack of sensors, limited point of view). Robots-nurses will patrol the corridors of the hospitals, observing the condition of the vital organs of people and informing doctors about emergency situations. Telepresence robots will allow you to reach a better diagnostician who will advise you. The robots will also help nurses lift heavy patients, and other robots will provide old and frail patients.

Everything flows, everything menetnashte robots are in the early stages of development in terms of design and interface. Until you know whether to trust the robot or not. But this will change. Very soon you will know for sure that the robot driver is a hundred times smarter and sharper person-the driver; a robot surgeon will look more reliable than the elderly, although experienced physician. Your response will be: "Please, no, I don't want to have an operation man! I want to do the robot, because he will not fail."

The same thing in a retail store. You need someone who knows what you need and where it is located, or a robot that will talk to no avail, and right will take you where you want? And never forget to say a polite "thank you" at the end?



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