Robotics are already in heavy use worldwide in industry, employed to keep assembly lines running at breakneck speeds with near-zero flaws in production. Early adopters saw their profits increase as they could get more out of these tireless new workers without any corresponding demands for increased time off, vacations, or pay increases. Savvy businessmen noticed these results and copied the formula, leading to widespread adoption of the beloved robotic machines. As the future arrives fresh every day, it’s easy to wonder about what role these tireless machines will play in times to come. That future, in a word, is robust.
Historically, the field of robotics has focused on fairly large machines to do relatively imprecise tasks such as auto construction or fabrication. But that will change as miniaturization brings with it a demand for the decrease in size of the robotic ‘hands’ used to construct ever smaller items. Regardless of the field of application – from diamond cutting to electronics manufacturing – miniaturization has a place for the next generation of robots.
It’s possible that one day, even the space programs of most countries will rely heavily on dexterous, capable robots rather than humans to explore the universe. This could improve space mission success, should artificially intelligent machines start performing heretofore previously ‘manned’ missions. In some regards, with little or at least reduced concern about getting the astronauts home, more in-depth work could be carried out in the depths of space by this diligent new breed of workers. One-way trips could become the next wave, courtesy of this byproduct of human ingenuity!