What do you usually think when you hear the word robots? For some, it might be those movie-based robots with complete bodies and limbs. But in reality, we can see robots in our daily lives. Most of the things we are also using are made using robots in the factory. Laptops, Cars, mobile phones, and mostly everything now are made by a robot. As we know it, we are currently in an era where robots are a huge part of our day-to-day lives, and we can’t see any decline in it as well.
Robots in the Past
The inspiration with robots came into place when a 19-year-old author named Isaac Asimov wrote amazing fictional stories about humanoid robots in 1939. It gained popularity and helped to get the notions about robots. But before the stories, a Czech Playwright named Karel Capek was the one who coined the word robot back in his 1921 play “R.U.R.” Stories and plays like these opened a new place to explore by the human mind. Moreover, it made them think that creating such beings will be possible soon.
Arguably, robots already is an essential part of our daily lives. But, as time goes by, demands for specific products rose, and factories needed to cope with the increasing demands, or they’ll lose huge profits from it. Amazingly, as of today, the majority of factories, if not all, have already used robots to help them with their day-to-day production. Most of them utilized robotic arms and conveyors to help them become more efficient in making products. Some restaurants have also utilized robots on their production floor. Moreover, due to reducing the human labor, people could concentrate on skilled laboring such as programming, maintenance, and operation of the said robots.
With the robots steadily helping us with the production rate and quality of products, it only meant that companies are having higher sales than ever. With higher sales, they can remit more for the economy. In short, the robotic machinery being with us did help the economy by a considerable margin since it started. To show you how machine innovation did help and affect the economy, remember the cast-steel plow blade? John Deere invented it in 1865, and it immensely helped the farmers to increase their productivity. One more notable innovation was when Joseph Engelberger sold the first industrial robot to General Motor Corporation in 1961. The said robot helped with loading and unloading in which the environment was too dangerous for a human to work on. Thus, several decades had passed, a lot of innovation took place and helped the economy in general.
Robots of the Future
A lot of people still argue with the future of robots for humanity. Some say it would be too bad for us to be dependent on the use of robots. While it has its pros, it also has its cons, but we can’t argue that robots have already helped us through the years. But if we’re going to look at how robots were able to help us in the past and today, rest assured that it would do the same for us shortly. Robots can already be seen in hospitals, police operations, and rescue missions. There is still untapped potential with robots, and we are still bound to witness those innovations unfold. But one thing has raised concerns regarding robots. Whether we like it or not, robots already replaced several jobs for us humans. With the continued dependency on robots, the possibility of this increase is not far from reality. But with robots around, it also creates jobs for us; since robots are automated, operators and maintenance are still needed.
Robots and Humanity
Humans have cope up with living and depending on robots. So overall we could say that it helped improve our standard of living and would continue to do so. It would still be up to us on how we will utilize the use of robots. People are still studying and taking a look at how it will help us in every way possible. In the end, humans are still accountable for everything the robots will be doing in the future. Hopefully, humans can continue living side by side with these robotic innovations.