The good and the bad of living with robots

Science and technology is slowly taking over almost every aspect of the human life. Almost everything we do is technology based. If we are not using our smartphones every other minute, we are setting up smart offices and homes, using chatbots to book flights, have robots serving us in restaurants and retail shops and much more.

The advancement of technology is changing our perspectives in life and with robots working alongside humans now more than they did in the past, there is need to look at how they have affected us or will affect us. Robots come with many benefits and they make work a lot easier. However, they also have a dark side. Below, is a look at the good side and dark side of the robots..

The bright side of the robots

1.    Higher production

Many different industries today from across the globe use robots in majority of their production and processing lines to save time and for efficiency. Unlike humans, robots can do more quality work with better accuracy. They have more precision and make fewer mistakes than humans make. A robot can work continuously as long as there is power without taking any breaks or pausing to take a breather. They do not tire and what this means is that production goes on without any interruptions for as long the management deems fit.

When robots take over majority of the tasks, humans can do other tasks that benefit the company and those that do not need robots. The humans also work with more relaxation and they can take their much-needed breaks because they have the robots to stand in for them. With this relaxation, they also tend to work better and produce more.

·        Creating more value for the customers

Companies use robots so that they use fewer resources to create more value for customers. Known as the lean principle, the robots provide services geared at adding value using laid down processes that leave no waste. Robots save time and produce more services and products. Due to their accuracy, less processing material goes to waste and in the process, any industry using them has quick and better returns on investment(ROI).

Some good examples of robots that minimise wastage in industries are the Universal Robots line of UR. These are robotic arms designed to carry multiple tasks in many industries and retail markets. They carry out tasks ranging from welding, spraying, assembly in automobile industries, assist in robotic surgeries in some major hospitals, help customers in retail shops retrieve their purchases from the shelves and much more,. The robots are collaborative,  safe, flexible and work well alongside humans.

·        Creating help for the disabled

The health sector is one of the major beneficiaries of robot and technology advancement. Today, more people with various degrees of disabilities are able to use their limbs and move around with the help of disability robots than they did in the past. Besides helping the disabled to move and walk,the disability robots also help them to recover from injuries caused by accidents and other diseases. Robotic devices used by the disabled include robotic arms and legs, wheelchairs and many others.

The negative side of robots

·        Loss of jobs

Because using robots is more cost effective, many industries are turning to them instead of employing more humans. The rate at which robots are replacing humans in major processing tasks is alarming and poses a great threat to the job market. Every single robot in any workplace according to research reduces the workforce by 5.6 people. Every robot addition also reduces the wages by 0-25% to 0.5%, which is another reason why companies are deploying them at a high rate.

·        Overdependence

One of the greatest reasons for deploying robots is to make work easier for people. This has however turned people into lazy beings as they let the robots take on almost all the tasks, especially those that involve manual labour. Buying anything online today is easy because of technology. People will not go to the stores but will buy everything online.

When they go to the stores, there are robots to help them with their selections, pay their bills and even carry their luggage to their vehicles. Though there is nothing wrong with robots taking over most of these tasks, people depend on them too much making them get overweight and lazy.

·        Attachment

Humanoidrobots have bodies that are similar to the human body. Using special programs and sensors, they also behave like humans. This tends to create trustbetween them and humans, which could create an over attachment. When the robots are not around, this may cause some problems.

Conclusion

Everything has its good and bad side, but it all depends on how we, as humans treat the situation. A robot being a part of our lives comes with many benefits and a few drawbacks. Our much we let the robots control our lives, is absolutely up to us.