Robots are over-taking us. Or are being taken over by robots? There have been many robots developed to make life easier. Robotics has had some positive effects in the performance of certain jobs. It can help us complete difficult jobs that use materials that are not safe for humans to handle such as radioactive materials. A single robot can do heavy tasks that would require 10 people to complete. However, this savings in time and money for companies could result in loss of hours and wages for employees.
Robotics is affecting many parts of our lives right now, from jobs, to house chores to medicine and a lot more. But which is really more effective and efficient? Humans or robots? Yet, we ...view middle of the document...
These applications and development has led to more complex operations of robots. But are robots really taking over? Are we developing the greatest source of help for humanity or creating a threat to our existence?
Advantages of Robots
Humans have a huge advantage in using robots. For example, if you look at ASIMO (Advance Step in Innovation Mobility), the world’s most advanced humanoid from Honda. ASIMO is a human robot that can walk, run on surfaces and it even has a voice command (ASIMO History). An advantage of having ASIMO is that it is able to help people in their homes. ASIMO can do homework, can get groceries, cook food and can also clean the house (Preiz). Furthermore, the invention of iRobots has helped humans tremendously. It can clean pools, mop floors and vacuum the floor (“iRobot”).
There are also much more advanced robots that are helping humans conduct space exploration. NASA has developed Robonaut 2 (R2) that helps astronomers in space. One advantage of this humanoid design is that Robonaut can take over simple, repetitive, or especially dangerous tasks on places such as the International Space Station or the ISS. Since R2 is approaching human dexterity, tasks such as changing out an air filter can be performed without modifications to the existing design (NASA).
Robots have moved us forward in many areas. One example is space exploration and our search for life outside Earth. Curiosity is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration to Mars. Its main objective is to determine Mars’ “habitability” (“Jet Propulsion Laboratory”).
Robots are helping companies in many ways (Tobe). According to Frank Tobe, industrial automated robots have the capacity to dramatically improve product quality. Certain tasks are performed with precision and high repeatability. This level of consistency can be hard to achieve any other way. He added that with robots, throughput speeds increase, which directly impacts production. This is because an automated robot has the ability to work at a constant speed without pausing for breaks, sleep, or vacations. Furthermore, he mentioned that robots increase workplace safety. Workers are moved to supervisory roles where they no longer have to perform dangerous tasks in hazardous settings. With the improved worker safety, there has been an increase in financial savings since there are fewer healthcare and insurance claims by employers. Robot movements are always exact, minimizing material waste (“RobotWorx”).
Disadvantages of Robots
The use of robots may also present many disadvantages, such as cost. For example, the iRobots that could clean a pool costs around $1,300 (“Mirra”). Another concern is that robots might be taking away our jobs (Tobe). Robots used to perform industrial jobs can help save labor hours and money (Tobe). It is a fact that robots complete jobs with higher quality. Jobs such as gluing, spraying paint, and trimming are performed faster, consistently...