What are the most mundane tasks you have to do?
Laundry? the dishes? Traffic jams on your commute work?
Whatever tasks they are, think about what your life would be like if you didn’t have to do your most hated tasks again.
That’d be amazing right?
Think about all the things you’d have time for. You could take dance lessons, pick up Chinese, do all that exercising you’ve been putting off all these years….
But how can we automate life’s daily time-consuming commitments?
Bring in the robots.
From life-saving surgeons to Alexa ordering you a pizza, robots are here to help us live our best lives.
Let’s look at what kinds of robots are already around us today and how they’re changing the way we live.
Not all robots are Arnold Schwarzenegger’s nemesis
What is a Robot?
Since robots are so diverse this is a complex question to answer. Many have different ideas of what defines a robot. Sci-fiction has formed a very specific idea of what a robot is, and that’s… well, fiction. But we can generally define a robot as the following:
A robot is a programmable machine designed to automate tasks.
Over the years we’ve depicted robots as either our friends or our foes. In shows like the Jetsons, Star Wars, The Terminator, and WALL-E we see robots as being separate from us. Famous movies show robots as threats to our livelihood. Powerful figures that can either save us or ruin us.
But robots aren’t part of our sci-fi fantasies anymore. As we’re closing in on 2020 we’re seeing more and more robots enter our everyday lives. What we’re not seeing is Shia Lebouf or Will Smith rushing to our rescue. Instead, we’re seeing how robots are integrating into our reality.
Types of Robots
Robots can be roughly categorized into 15 types.
These robots are used in factories to act out repetitive tasks so humans don’t have to. Industrial robots are the most common.
These are the robots that most people would think of since they resemble humans. They also referred to as social robots since they’re designed to engage with people.
Not all social robots are humanoids. Social robots come in different varieties, such as a pet or any machine that’s there to give us a helping hand. Here are some popular social robots we have around us today.
Education robots come in many forms to provide a more interactive learning experience. EMYS is a social robot teacher that’s revolutionizing how our kids learn languages.
These robots are here to show us a good time. These robots are often humanoids or resemble pets. We live in a time of stimulation, and these robots sure know how to entertain us.
These robots are here for your everyday use. In entertainment, information, or as a personal assistant. The robot above is the popular vacuum robot. Consumer robots are on the rise, they help us get the monotonous tasks done so we can go out and live our best lives.
Statistics show us that we could be seeing over 74 million consumer robots by 2024.
6. Drones (unmanned aerial vehicle)
Drones are flying robots controlled by humans. Drones emerged for military purposes but are now know more for aerial photography.
Aerospace robots are broadly defined as flying robots. They differ from drones since their focus in on Outer Space. The Curiosity Rover was designed to explore life on Mars. Our progress in Space would have been impossible without Space robotics.
Some argue that life underwater is as mysterious as Outer Space. Our environment is dependant on the health of our oceans. Underwater robots are giving us the necessary data to save our ocean’s ecosystems. Like aerial robots, there are both automated and unmanned underwater vehicles.
9. Disaster response
With robots, we can better prevent and respond to disasters. In emergencies response situations it’s hard to know what the best and safest options are. The Fukushima nuclear accident is an example of the need for disaster robots. Fukushima motivated the CENTAURO project. CENTAURO is one of the most advanced robotics to handle emergencies.
10. Military and surveillance
After World War 2 came Military robots. They’re used for a range of purposes such as transport, search and rescue and attack. Surveillance robots are becoming more popular outside of the military. We’re seeing surveillance robots taking over the security system. The famous Cobalt security robots are making way into the mainstream.
Medical robots range from surgery robots to medical lab automation. The most famous medical robot is the Da Vinci surgical robot. Da Vinci helps surgeons be more precise so patients can recover faster.
Becoming a real-life Ironman isn’t only in our Marvel dreams. Wearable robotic exoskeletons mimic our body movements, changing patients rehabilitation forever. Exoskeletons are also growing in the military, industry and consumer markets.
Statistics predict that the exoskeleton market will reach $2.8 billion by 2023.
Research robots collect data so researchers can do what they do best. Research.
14. Self-driving cars
Robot cars can sense and react to its environment without human interference. We have yet to reach the point where cars can be completely autonomous without a human watching over. But we’re getting there, soon we’ll have safer roads thanks to robotics.
Tesla and Google’s Waymo are the most talked-about automated cars today.
A telepresence robot is a computerized device that takes us one step closer to video chat. The idea is that you can be present in a place without really being there. You see what the robot see, making interactions more effective than chat or phone calls.
Here are LiveWire’s favourite telepresence robots in 2019.
We’re in an exciting time where robots are stepping out of our tv screens into our reality. But some robots help make our lives easier by discreetly staying behind the screens. Let’s look at how software robots are changing our lives today.
What is a Bot?
A bot is a software robot designed to do mundane tasks for users. So a bot serves the same purpose as robots, doing things we would rather not do. The main difference is that robots are machines, whereas bots are automated programs.
Technology is changing our world. We’re interacting more with computers than ever before. Bots help prevent our world from becoming an impersonal “robotic” place.
Ironic isn’t it? A robot making us less robotic.
It’s argued that technology is isolating ourselves from others. That we’d rather connect with a machine than a real person.
That we’re turning into robots ourselves.
In reality, bots are here to take over the robotic parts of our lives, so we can get back to doing what we do best, being human.
Bots are impacting our lives at the workplace, at home and how we interact with media and the world around us. Here are 5 ways bots have changed our lives in recent years.
What is a Chatbot?
A chatbot is a robot designed to interact with humans conversationally. Chatbots are changing our customer service experience. Say good-bye to hours of mind-numbing elevator music. When a real human representative isn’t available Chatbots give personalized, human-like service.
We’re seeing Chatbots more and more on websites, popping up to offer a helping hand.
What do robots mean for businesses in the future?
Robots are everywhere. More and more businesses are using robots to automate tasks and improve efficiency. The businesses that aren’t using robotics, are falling behind.
Many fear robots are taking our jobs. In reality, having robots in our businesses help us do our best work. Robots have proven to increase productivity and cut operation costs.
Robots are here to assists us not replace us.
JAYA’s robots are friendlier than ever
Our analyst robot analyzes and audits all the conversations that a business has (phone calls, chats and emails). Thanks to Analyst, businesses can give their clients more accurate and personalized service.
Our communicator robot is our convivial chatbot ready to help companies effectively communicate with their clients via email, chats, WhatsApp etc.
Our Hoster robot helps event coordinators, restaurants or bars to communicate better with their audience. In general, it helps and improves the attendee’s journey by focusing on giving them the most relevant experience possible.
Befriending a robot could be your next best decision
Are you constantly looking to be more efficient, and productive? But each day seems like a neverending challenge?
Yeah, me too. You’re not alone.
We live in a fast-paced and competitive world. We’re struggling to keep up with the competition.
And now we have to compete not only with humans but with robots too.
Forget it. Stop thinking of robots as your competition. Robots will never be humans and humans will never be robots.
Instead, think of robots as your super-efficient bestie, here to help you get through your daily challenges.
Make your life easier, embrace robotics.