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Are Robots Taking Over the World or just Amazon?

Jun 10, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Neal Snapp

Robotic technology has come a long way in the past decade, but what will 2019 bring to the table?

Although it is difficult to say for sure, here are some possibilities for the future of robotics that we expect to see before the year is over.


Robots Working Alongside Us

The idea of robotic co-workers is already becoming a reality.

Take Amazon’s warehouse for example. Due to the large square footage, it is cheaper not to regulate the temperature indoors— of course, humans can’t work there because of this, but that isn’t a problem for Amazon. They now have robots that bring the products from the warehouse and deliver them to human workers who start the next stage of delivery.

The possibilities for robotic assistance at work extend far beyond a warehouse delivery bot and could change the way industry functions in coming years.  

Check out: Connecting Classroom Robotics to Industry.

Increase in Cybersecurity

The use of automated robotics will no doubt increase in 2020, and so too will the demand for protecting the brains of those machines from external infiltrators.

Hacking these machines could cause serious issues for both companies and customers, whether it be exposing confidential data or taking advantage of some other vulnerability within the production process.

Those who are educated in cybersecurity will likely be in high demand as the use of automated robotics increases.

Delivery Bots

Although it’s no secret that the automated delivery of online purchases has already been implemented by some companies, whether it be to deliver groceries or small parcels, the world has yet to see the widespread adoption of such methods.

However, there are several projects in the works that make us hopeful for 2020, such as the indoor delivery bot, Nuro, being designed by google engineers, or the current efforts of Amazon to develop air delivery.

Still, many obstacles remain, both technological and legal, but we expect progress to be made within the year.

Robots Changing Our Homes

We are familiar with certain home-aid robots such as Amazon Alexa, Siri, and even our computers spitting out algorithms that are helping us process information on the internet. Companies aim to find new ways to incorporate technology into our lives— such as assisting elderly care or pet entertainment. A breakthrough is on the horizon, but this will happen once companies gain valuable data about what kind of robotic assistance will truly be accepted in the homes of consumers.

 

Changes are coming, and we’re excited to experience each one first hand. Some predictions may fall flat, while others could exceed all expectations. Whatever the case, we’re just here to enjoy the ride. With robots in our future, it’s never been a better time to get your students acquainted with relevant technology.

Check out our blog, 3 Reasons Why Robotics Enhance Your Classroom.

Topics: Robotics

Neal Snapp

Written by Neal Snapp