Five Ways Robots Can Enhance Human Lives

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For decades now, globally, people are accustomed to attending to most of their chores, whether in the home, office, manufacturing plant or others, manually. However, at this time, we are seeing some changes in this regard.

By now, you should realize that some tasks, which needed manual labor to execute, today, require little, if any, human effort to get them done, as artificial intelligence, in one form or another, takes over.

For some time now, machines play an integral role in human existence. They, the machines, assist humans in the performance of certain tasks, which, in turn, allows humans to undertake a different task. Now, though, we are seeing an evolution of those earlier machines to some of the more sophisticated qualities, in the form of robotics.

These will enable an individual, if he can afford the luxury, to assign a robot to each chore. This will mean more free time on his hands. He will employ fewer humans, which, eventually, will see him raking in heftier profits.

On a wider scale, however, robotics will be more than just an individual experience. They will be located in every field around the globe, from education to medicine. Now, since we are expecting robots to play such an essential part in humans’ existence, let us examine five ways robots can enhance human lives.

Robotic Lifeguards

Worldwide, drowning is a serious issue, with more than 1.2 million people becoming victims on a yearly basis, according to the International Lifesaving Federation. Therefore, one cannot depend on human lifeguards only, if this figure is to be decreased over the years.

This is where the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard, EMILY, enters the equation.

EMILY, designed by Tony Mulligan of Hydronalix, a company that specializes in maritime robotic systems, is a buoy system, remotely controlled, about 25 pounds, capable of reaching speeds of close to 65 kilometers per hour and can be deployed quickly in an emergency situation.

Bearing in mind that swimmers and others in distress tend to behave in a manner that will endanger rescuers, EMILY and others like it should be the appropriate candidates for such a task.

Replacing Human Workforce in Hazardous Environment

There are a number of occupations that, although, people willingly perform their functions, are hazardous to health. These occupations, including, people handling nuclear waste, those in constant contact with radioactive materials and those working in dirty environment, for example, garbage collecting, to name a few, will be better served by robots.

For those areas, robots could be programmed to replace human workers. This would greatly reduce human contact with hazardous chemicals and unhealthy conditions, thereby preventing certain diseases and death.

Robots Health Monitors

A robot programmed to monitors one’s health could be useful to humans in this time and age, especially if one is not in the habit of remembering things. Manufacturers could program these robots to remind people to take their medications as also to refill the prescription when it is running out.

Another thing, one could program these robots to observe any sudden change in a person’s behavior, and so alert the person. It may be nothing significant, but, who knows, it may be a matter of life and death.

Domesticated Robots

Domesticated duties, today, are quite burdensome, as, to accomplish, they require great physical and or keen mental efforts. Please bear in mind that domestic, as mentioned here, refers to the home and not the internal affairs of a nation. Therefore, Robots performing domesticated tasks will be a welcome addition to the robotic world.

Apart from turning on and off the lights in a home when the homeowner is out, among other household chores, the domesticated robots could play a dual role as a babysitter, which in fact is a domestic chore.

Self-Driving Cars

Automatic cars, as we know them, are not fully automatic. They have an automatic transmission, which shifts into the next gear automatically. Therefore, these cars still need the services of drivers to steer, brake, and accelerate them. Autonomous cars, however, would propel itself without any assistance from its occupants.

Though a self-driving car would be on the expensive side, it would greatly enhance the lives of those who can afford them. Already, a number of car manufacturers are interested in creating self-driving cars.

Conclusion

Robots taking over from humans will, no doubt, have some negative effects in some fields. However, in this author’s opinion, these five areas will see an enhancement in humans’ existence.

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