Your New Colleague Could Be A Robot


Christian Edwards

Have you ever wondered what it felt like to lose your job to a robot? The exact same one who had for the last 7-15 years of your life…

Well, the founders of Automata a start-up company based in London Suryansh Chandra and Mostafa Elsayed with various other robotic and artificial intelligence companies around the world. Working night and day to create something revolutionary which is supposed to eliminate boring and repetitive jobs while creating new ones that better fit our growing society.

According to a report by the OECD, 14% of jobs are at a higher risk of automation and 32% of jobs could be radically transformed within just a couple of years, with the manufacturing sector having the greatest risk.

EVA a robotic hand with six joints developed from the same computer chips used in electronics and the motors that electric widows use in cars. Selling at a price of $10,399.20 is just one of the prototypes currently in use. Most companies and inventors are still trying to find a way to allow robots to recognize and grip all sorts of different items and products.

“Something that a child can do easily which is to reach into a bin and grab an item, is really hard for a robot. It takes a ton of technology, time and trail through error to make it possible, says Vince Martinelli, from US-based RightHand Robotics.

One of the first companies to develop a gripper that could be fitted to the end of a robotic arm, allowing it to grab items of different sizes and proportions. With a camera to help identify and locate the object it needs, with a  suction device to select the item and three fingers to secure it.

Since, most robots just do repetitive work in factories like producing cars, electronics, and metal. Since giant industrial arms have always been powerful and accurate, but lacking in adaptability.

Amazon alone is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in this tech for its warehouses as online shopping takes the demand for this type of technology to a new level of interest.

For most people like Mr. Martinelli, “When I go to a store to shop I provide the picking labor for free. I go around the store grabbing the things I need. Now if I order online I have to kind of export that labor back to the retailer and they’ve got to figure out how the item should be handled and processed.”

More than 2.4 million industrial robots are operating around the world, according to data from the International Federation of Robotics(IFR), which is forecasting a massive sales growth from 2020 to 2022.

However with the new developments in artificial intelligence, vision technology, and better gripping mechanisms nowadays online shopping has given companies a new market for profit. As they strive for a better way to maximize their benefits in this new age of robotics and artificial intelligence.