At a point in our digital era to date, robotics and robots have been on a skyrocket advancement. Man has certainly gone a long way from carving wooden clubs to designing robotic humanoids. Our accomplishments show that we have established our superiority in this ecosystem, by evolving from the cave man’s stone age to the refined digital era. But now, we seem to kick our evolution a notch, anticipating the ushering in of a whole new age. The robotic era.
It would be our genuine pleasure to better prepare you all with the basic knowledge and what to expect if peradventure you are opportune to meet the full glory of this anticipated era. I would suggest you keep your eyes open and neurons firing to imagine a scenario as such.
Now, what is a robot?
A robot would be generally described as a machine with a computer installed programming, which enables it to perform a function or group of functions automatically. It isn’t manually controlled by machine mechanics only, it receives information which tells it’s machine parts what to do in order to perform an action. Robots could range from machines programmed to perform simple actions to those designed and installed with programs meant for more complex action.
It is also important to note that a robot design could emulate any form and shape not just biological embodiments. The belief associated with robots only looking like a human or animal is a widespread myth. Now this ferries us to our next question.
What is robotics?
Robotics, on the other hand, can simply be defined as the study of robot development and research. This study is what laid the foundation for most of the software incorporated machines we have currently.
Robotics is a vast study and can be applied in various areas of human development and aid in designs of robotic machines with the intent on performing tasks quite difficult for hundreds of humans to perform effectively.
Areas Robotics Could Affect Positively In The Future
I want you to take a moment to imagine what would happen if we were able to design machine
parts with software that enable them to mimic and replace dead or damaged organs. It sounds like a far fetched science fiction, right? But with the right study, resources, time, and careful insight, it would be possible to merge machine parts with humans to efficiently replace missing organs or limbs, in the near future. This is most likely a possibility because, in the present time, we have robots designed to function during surgery and even perform certain surgeries effectively.
In fact, from information provided by Wikipedia on the benefits of 3D printing, a machine tasked with the purpose of printing out objects or designs in three dimensions, was used by Swansea surgeons to rebuild the face of a cyclist involved in a road accident. This same technology in may 2018 was used in a kidney transplant to save the life of a three-year-old boy as stated by Wikipedia. Right now, there are studies on how to use these robotic printers to build tissues and organs, cell by cell. Robots that attempt to keep patients comfortable and
care for them have equally been produced in our time, and further advancement of our knowledge would lead to major groundbreaking health discoveries and cure.
we all know that human labor is designed in such a way that rest would be beneficial
for us to remain alive. But this case is not applicable to robots. A robot could be assigned an agricultural task or remotely controlled by a human to perform such task, and it would keep on doing it, not jot diligently but perfectly with no error involved. The heavy lifting which our biological design poses a hindrance, won’t be applied to them too.
It is therefore not far from the truth to quickly come to terms that, lots of work hours would be saved and productivity exponentially increased. The only concern of robotics in this sector is the fact that it reduces the need for human labor and therefore would plunge most people into unemployment.
But research shows that robotics would save the billions involved in human labor employment because they don’t need to be paid, or to take shifts which would involve the presence of more individuals. One won’t even put into account expenses to be made in the event of human error. You just make a down payment and the machine is yours forever.
ever been to an auto company before? If you have, you would see proof of the potential of robotics in the display. The presence of huge mechanical arms which autonomously work in assembling the body parts of a car at speeds far greater than that of any human and with utmost perfection. Robots have equally been essential in out of space research. Due to the fact that our present knowledge can only take us certain places in space, robots have been used to collect most of the data used to draw conclusions related to our solar system.
This will one day be able to send a man to the surface of planets we have only dreamed of touching, and when this happens, a robot will surely be at the side of man. We have also witnessed robots able to make 3D constructs in a significantly reduced time frame.
Wikipedia in an article on this form of robotics recorded in 2017, GE Aviation revealed that it had used design for additive manufacturing (3D printing) to create a helicopter engine with 16 parts instead of 900, with great potential impact on reducing the complexity of supply chains. This reveals how robotics could go a long way in the future.
the existence of drones, ranging from super-fast reconnaissance jet to remote-controlled mini
spy drones, has shown the impact of robotics in the military sectors. Robotic machines also play roles in carrying a heavy load for the military during combat. This reduces the stress and pressure soldiers usually undergo in lifting their heavy gears during battles. And in the future, robots designed to take orders from soldiers, analyze battlefield scenarios, and reply to an attack would be at the forefront and heat of battles.
This would help reduce the death rate of soldiers who put their lives on the line for God and country. The futuristic creation of firearms using 3D printing is ongoing speculation too. You would just download the software into the machine and, voila! The machine replicates a functional gun for you. Don’t get too excited though, this area isn’t for we civilians, the military should be the ones dancing to this. This would mean, with a power source, ammo could be printed anywhere in a battlefield, catchy right?
every era must come, become obsolete, and usher in a new era. We seem to be coming towards the end of a great one, and the birth of a more magnificent one. The robotic age is right now, undoubtedly our future, with applications that could take the man to the forefront of the universe and evolution as we know it. We just have to live it and love it. What say you?
Are robots the same as artificial intelligence?
This is as wrong as the devil. They both are different from white and black. One deals with machine hardware controlled by software to perform a particular task, the later is completely a software designed to simulate human intelligence. Though sometimes, you can fuse them both to result in robotic artificial intelligence. But this is just a minute fraction of both fields.
Are all robots designed to look human?
No, nope, nada, nay. This is just a common misconception from Hollywood that most robots are designed to look like humans and think like us too. A robot can be designed to have a human frame, animal, bird, or even a completely abstract shape and form. Most aesthetics of robots is completely dependent on whatever form gives it maximum efficiency.
Are all robots humanoids?
This is another big screen frenzy. A robot must not necessarily look human and portray human attributes like c3po in Star-Wars. A robot could be any machine at all imbibed with software that enables it to perform a particular task, either autonomously or semi-autonomously. It could range from robotic arms assembling cars to an artificial lung. The humanoid concept is just a fraction of this field.