These Tasks Will Soon Be Done By Robots

By Bridget Brown; Posted Apr 10, 2018

We hear so much about the autonomous cars of the not-so-distant future. What about all the other manual chores we do that could be automated? If you’ve been waiting for Rosey the Robot Maid from The Jetsons, we have some good news for you. Rosey, or a version or her, could soon be working hard in your own home.

 


Courtesy: The Jetsons Wiki

 

The number of domestic household robots is expected to reach 31 million by 2019, according to the International Federation of Robotics. One company working on its version of an autonomous cleaner is Misty Robotics. Misty will be able to deliver much more than an iRobot automated vacuum does now. Her current programming goals aim for watering houseplants, reading to children, playing with pets, and even watching over the home while owners are away.

 


Courtesy: mistyrobotics.com

 

If you’re a foodie though, maybe you’d like your house robot to concentrate more on the kitchen. US-based Moley claims its kitchen robot “cooks with the skill and flair of a master chef.” Moley’s MK1 has hands with sophisticated joints and tactile sensors. It can download a recipe and reproduce the results precisely, in your own kitchen.

 


Courtesy: moley.com

 

The work world is poised to adopt more automation as well. Australia’s Fastbrick Robotics has developed a construction robot that can lay 1000 bricks per hour, which would take two humans at least a day to do. Meanwhile, in the grocery store, a robot from US-based Simbe Robotics can audit and replenish store shelves more quickly than a human worker, without disruption during business hours.

 

The manufacturing industry is already using autonomous worker robots to help build consumer goods. The possibility of having autonomous construction vehicles and additional automation is exciting for industrial employers.

 

Noah Ready-Campbell of Built Robotics recently told ZDNet his company’s self-driving construction vehicles aren’t just a way to bring costs down, but they also solve a major existing problem in the industry.

 

“Two-thirds of contractors report that they're having a hard time finding skilled workers," Ready-Campbell says, “It's more about enabling them to grow and take on more work that they would have to turn down otherwise.”

 

While all of this is very exciting, there may be a downside we aren’t quite prepared for. The Guardian recently reported a survey which showed two-thirds of Americans surveyed think robots are poised to take on most of the work done by humans within 50 years. However, 80% of those surveyed do not believe their own jobs will be affected. This optimistic outlook for existing employment may be incongruent with their hopes for an automated future.

 

 

 

 

About the author: 

 

Bridget Brown

 

Bridget Brown is a Calgary-based writer. She runs Create That Communications, a marketing agency specializing in compelling storytelling. Bridget is an award-winning former broadcaster; she spent 15 years reporting and producing for stations across Canada.

 

 

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