This is How Robots Could Make Our Lives Better

by Parent Co. June 23, 2016

19 jobs for 'bots (and why that's not such a bad thing) Real-life robotics today transcend mechanical form and exist in software-guided tools that can automate work and change the outlook for many different fields.

Better together

...'Bots can take away a lot of our drudge work, allowing us to automate routine tasks and make us all faster, better and even more intelligent. This great new kind of collaboration – robots working together with people – ... evolution of the global economy.

1. Robotic pharmacist

The University of California, San Francisco has developed anautomated hospital pharmacy that dispenses medication automatically...

2. Japan's robot hotel

Japan's Henn-na Hotel is entirely automated, from the robot dinosaur check-in to the facial-recognition key system...

3. Digital nursing

...With nurses often spending only 20 percent of their time on patients, automation can free them up to focus on front-line care.

4. Robotic process automation

...Sometimes, automation software handles high-volume, repetitive tasks, freeing people up to focus on more demanding work.

5. Virtual customer service agents

6. Self-flying planes

...Pilotless planes are already poised for takeoff, and an unmanned Jetstream aircraft has been tested in the U.K. F-18s land automatically on aircraft carriers...

7. Self-driving cars

8. Driverless trains

...Line 14 of the Paris metro is fully automated, with no onboard staff. Known as the “meteor" (from MÉtro Est Ouest Rapide), it lives up to its name and matches speed with safety...

9. Digital barista

Briggo has developed a network of automated coffee kiosks that deliver perfectly brewed coffee in 15 to 30 seconds and an espresso in around two minutes.

10. Automated passport control

...The technology is faster and more reliable, and keeps us all safer. It frees up staff to spend more time on more serious threats.

11. Automatic translation

12. Automatic report writing

...Quill is a report-writing tool that uses natural language technology to write plain English reports for specific audiences. Using artificial intelligence, it analyzes facts and decides what's interesting to the audience...

13. Legal work

...Electronic discovery software means huge labor cost savings, increased accuracy, and high-volume work handled with speed and ease...

14. Amazon's “robot army"

...These robots have cut total order processing time from 1.5 hours to under 15 minutes. They can lift up to 750 pounds...

15. Robot security guard

16. The automated college professor

17. Home automation

18. The robot bartender

19. Robot-assisted surgery

A bright new (automated) future

...robotic innovations and artificial intelligence are making inroads in every part of our lives ... by specializing in the specific areas in which computers excel. They're also doing it in concert with humans. The most exciting new applications involve people and bots working together in streamlined, automated processes that lead to better, faster, smarter outcomes. That's an exciting prospect.
Source: 19 Robotic Innovations Tranforming Our Lives - Xerox


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