Don’t fear the robots. It’s likely that artificial intelligence and robotics will make many people’s lives better, not worse. For one thing, AI is expected to increase productivity. As CNBC reported, robotics and AI are on track to increase productivity by as much as 40 percent by the year 2035. With the help of AI, economic growth in the US can increase to 4.6 percent, up from 2.6 percent. Not convinced? Here are a few ways robots will help improve your own productivity.
They’ll Keep Your Schedule
The days of paper planners are numbered. Robots can now not only keep track of your schedule, they’ll also send you a notification of upcoming events, in enough time for you to get to them. Robots not only keep your calendar, they also act as a butler of sorts, turning the lights on and off in your home as needed, adjusting your thermostat to reduce energy use and letting you know when people are trying to get in touch with you. Your in-home robot friend will also order new products for you as you run out. Some models will complete basic tasks for you, such as paying bills.
They’ll Do Your Chores
First came ground-breaking robot vacuum cleaners, which you could program to clean the floors daily or on a schedule. Robot vacuums still exist and are getting more and more advanced. They’ve also been joined by some other household chore completing bots, including robots that will:
- Fold your laundry
- Steam your clothing
- Clean your grill
- Mow the lawn
- Water the lawn or garden
- Scrub the floor
They’ll Help You at Work
Although the common fear is that robots will take peoples’ jobs, some robots are designed to help people do better at work. For example, the hardware store Lowes recently partnered with researchers at Virginia Tech to create a robotic suit for store employees. With the help of the suit, employees will be able to know when they are lifting heavy items with the proper form. The suit’s material also makes it easier for employees to stand up after bending at the knees.
Newer robots in use at factories are more responsive to their environments. Some robots can “see,” thanks to built-in vision systems. That means that you can work alongside of a robot, as it’s better able to sense your presence, increasing your personal productivity and that of the company you’re working with.