Robotics is a big trend. As examples, you have the 4D printers, cameras, lawn mowers, washing machine, irons and computers.
In our world there are already a lot of robots. Robots are important and necessary in our general day life. Robots save lives in hospitals, do the jobs of people, improve the farming and fight our wars. This trend is still growing and will continue to grow. Unfortunately, there is a chance that robots are taking over many jobs and people will get fired or maybe worst have no function anymore. There are even people who think robots will take over the world. Like in the movie Wall-e from Pixar, I-Robot or X-men.
Robotics is a trend because of its huge impact to the world. And this will become even more. Robotics is increasing so hard that people begin asking the question: ‘Is it possible to make more robots that are smarter than we are, or is this even possible?’ 1)
Robots are already used for a lot of household stuff. In 2015 consumers spoke to be ready for a more personal robot. On September 2014 a Consumer Preference Survey about Robotics was answered by a lot of people. The result showed that the consumer is willing to spend $3,000 at a personal robot. This robot will helping with more specific household choirs, like doing the laundry, cooking, driving and even just for company at home. A conclusion is that people are already using robots in the house and want them more. 2)
The main consumer need of robotics is taking place for many tasks from people. Carlie The Robot for example, is a robot that is teaching children with a handicap or autism. The robot is a humanoid and around the $400,000. Topcliffe Primary in Birmingham is the first school which uses this robot. The robot has, unlike the teachers, no emotions, feelings, expressions nor responses. That is why the robots are more useful for autistic children to understand and relate to.
Not only teaching is taking place by robots also jobs which are dangerous or that take too much time and effort. To use a robot instead of hiring persons is much cheaper for companies. We want to have everything the easy way and with robots this is possible. That is why the mesotrend of robots is getting bigger and bigger. 3)
Robotics has also many microtrends. One example is the drone-camera. A self-flying drone is a camera that has one of the highest number of pixels, cloud processing and data you can use for Autodesk. It is a flying robot normally used for search and rescue, surveillance, monitoring, weather and many more. The robot is already a must for many jobs. Personal drones are today also becoming popular. Often for movies or photography etc. In the near future, drones will maybe even be used for delivery. 4)
There are men who warn other people that robots will take all our jobs. Robots have already taken over many jobs within 30 years. Prof Moshe said that the rise of robots could lead to unemployment rates bigger than 50 %. Vardo, prof in computational engineering said, “We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task.” This will mean that there are no tasks left for people and we will not have a function anymore. Is professor Vardo right? Will robots take over all our jobs? Or even worse, will robots become smarter than people and maybe take over the world? 5)
1) Bob Gourley, ‘Tracking the Megatrend of Robotics’, 23-08-16
2) RBR Staff, ‘CES 2015: What Kinds of Robots Will People Actually Buy?’, 09-01-15
3)Ellie Zolfagharifard, ‘The robot that makes EYE-CONTACT: Charlie could help bridge the gap between man and machine by copying our behaviour’, 23-04-14
4) Margaret Rouse, ‘Drone’, 02-08-15
5) Sarah Knapton, ‘Robots will take over most jobs within 30 years, experts warn’ 13-02-16