The entertainment industry has made a living playing off our fascination of robots and fear they will eventually evolve and take over. But unlike a Hollywood drama of some Matrix or Terminator-like apocalypse, robots are seamlessly doing more and more work for us each day! There are 1.1 million working robots around the world right now. They perform tons of useful tasks which include car production, sorting landfills for reusable material and much more. In fact, companies that use an automated phone system over live operators save more than 50% in costs per call. 87% of iPhone users already talk to Siri the virtual assistant monthly, and things could get much more interesting as technology improves.
As robots continue to be ever more lifelike, human familiarity increases until we could reach a reality where Star Trek inspired droids were potentially intermixed with the general public to improve productivity. But just like us, artificial intelligence must get better. Neuroscientists behind the Blue Brain Project in Switzerland believe they can rebuild and simulate the human brain neuron by neuron, in hopes of one day creating a virtual supercomputer brain.
But will more machine automation lead to less jobs for people? Not necessarily as 3 to 5 million jobs already exist because of the automation and robotics industry, with a bright future ahead.
We have to learn to use our technology more efficiently so we can focus our efforts on more complex tasks our robotic buddies can’t quite help out with yet!
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