Let’s start with getting rid of an urban myth. For the past few years, rumors were fueling the fear that robots would take over jobs of people, making them unemployed. This is incorrect, since automotive robots are designed to facilitate and help by taking care of tedious and repetitive tasks. The good news: the idea that such robots can liberate the workforce is slowly gaining ground.
If we look at the production side, we see that during the last five years, the price of an industrial robotic arm was about $ 80,000 on average which has since dropped to $ 15,000 - $ 25,000. Furthermore, ROS (Robot Operating System), an open-source operating system that MOV.AI to add commercial adaptations to it. This is crucial, since academic platforms such as ROS do not address issues such as how to handle a fleet of hundreds of robots or how to manage robots interacting with and working side-by-side humans in a safe manner.
In general, it will take two years and ten programmers to make the necessary adjustments to a robot before it is ready to be deployed commercially. That’s why MOV.AI decided to focus on a unique operating systems for robots (similar to Android for smartphones) to be used for intelligent and autonomous machines for logistics purposes in hospitals, factories and warehouses.
How it looks now, there will be enough other jobs for humans to fulfill that require human-to-human interaction. However, governments, educational institutions and society has to deal with the new reality.
To illustrate: The Netherlands is already preparing to deal with people who lost their jobs because of automation. Allocating funds has to take humans, machines and artificial intelligence into consideration when allocating public funds.
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