Robots in 2018
Cleaning our homes, looking after our pets, and even playing table tennis. Robots have made a huge developmental leap in the past year, and are increasingly present in our daily lives
“Eventually we expect that she will be truly alive and with us in our world, helping people on a daily basis,” David Hanson, founder and CEO of Hanson Robotics said.
In June, a robot with artificial intelligence made it to the International Space Station. The large, round, plastic robot head was part of SpaceX’s latest supply delivery. CIMON is designed to not just help astronauts complete tasks, but also offer camaraderie.
“China has become the leading user of robotics, however in terms of developing the technology, Europe and Japan and companies in the U.S. maybe still have advantages there,” Jeff Burnstein, president of the Association for Advancing Automation said.
Agricultural robots are also becoming increasingly popular as farmers search for solutions to feed the worlds increasing population. From robots that grow plants locally indoors to automated rovers that check on the health of every plant in a crop. AI is being used to maximize productivity and efficiency.
“It’s not physically possible for a farmer to go around and check each individual plant, and then treat that plant individually. That’s only possible when you have something as tireless as a robot and as focused and accurate as an AI,” Ben Scott Robinson, co-founder of a small robot company said.
Among the hundreds of advancements in robot technologies over the past year, one can expect to see more surprises in 2019.