Robots are here.
The new iterations of robots are smart, agile, mobile and designed to work collaboratively. By using sonar, cameras and advanced sensor technology, robots can sense their environment. They are sophisticated enough to slow their speed or stop to avoid collisions.
“Robots are among us,” says Steve Jurvetson, a Silicon Valley investor and director in Elon Musk’s Telsa and SpaceX companies. “A lot of people are going to come in contact with robots in the next two to five years.”
According to a Stanford University study, manufacturing robots cost the equivalent of $4 an hour.
Historically, robots worked in manufacturing, but no longer.
Today, they’re actively used in warehouses, healthcare, retail and financial services operations.
Large companies are developing, implementing and improving “thinking” robots. Consider General Electric’s spider-like robots that climb tall wind turbines for maintenance and Amazon’s ottoman-shaped robots that sweep through the warehouse, pull products from shelves, and deliver them to distribution.
The use of Robots is increasing.