22 July 2021
Automation does not have to mean joblessness and existential anxiety for humans. Collaborative robotics shows how machines can work together with people and create new tasks that are much more rewarding.
People do not like to vacuum-clean. No wonder – it is one of the most boring chores around the house. Push-pull, push-pull, change the dirt container, repeat – sounds just like the kind of job that is perfectly fitting for a machine.
House appliance companies know this, and they have the statistics to prove it – the market for vacuum-cleaning robots has tripled in the last five years. They did not replace cleaners though, just made their job a little bit easier, so they can focus on tasks that only humans can do around the house.
Collaborative robots or cobots do not take your jobs, they just do the tasks that humans do not like to do, so we can pursue things that we are better at – solving problems, being creative, using our fine motor skills and agility.