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10 Ways Robotics Could Transform Our Future

It’s easy to get an impression of the way robots are changing our daily lives: simply think of the self-serve pump next time you stop for gas.

Top tech companies are in a constant race to change the way robotics are implemented in people’s everyday lives – which will lead us to a really exciting future.

Robotics in public security Artificial technology for predicting and detecting crime might seem far-fetched, but it's quite possible for the future we’re looking at.

This technology will change society in a very important way: it will allow law enforcement officials to act quickly whenever a suspicious behavior has been spotted.

As Kendra Roberts, an educational expert from Essays.ScholarAdvisor, explains, “A single teacher does not have the capacity to meet the needs of personalized learning for every single student in the classroom.

We can set up the vacuum cleaner to do the chore for us, and we can schedule a warm home-cooked meal to be ready by the time we’re finished with work.

They'll become capable of taking on multiple roles in an organization, so it’s time for us to start thinking about the way we’ll interact with our new coworkers.

This is how futurist Nikolas Badminton expect things to develop: “You’re probably going to walk into an office and your system’s been churning over the last couple of hours considering what’s been going on in business, your role, your job, what you need to do that day, and probably offer up several ideas about the right direction of what to do.” Sounds like a pretty achievable future, doesn’t it?

In the past decade, the perception of this technology among the public went from “How is it even possible?” to “Maybe it’s possible...” to “Definitely getting there!” Waymo, the company that arose from the self-driving car project by Google, no longer has a monopoly on this industry.

Instead of visiting a primary care physician who will give us a check-up with a simple stethoscope, we’ll have intelligent robots performing these tasks.

Robots will boost our standard of living We’ve seen this throughout history: automation and mechanization boosts the overall standard of living.

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Robots and driverless cars The desire for robots to be able to act autonomously and understand and navigate the world around them means there is a natural overlap between robotics and AI.

Facial recognition and surveillance In recent years, the accuracy of facial recognition systems has leapt forward, to the point where Chinese tech giant Baidu says it can match faces with 99% accuracy, providing the face is clear enough on the video.

While police forces in western countries have generally only trialled using facial-recognition systems at large events, in China, the authorities are mounting a nationwide program to connect CCTV across the country to facial recognition and to use AI systems to track suspects and suspicious behavior, and has also expanded the use of facial-recognition glasses by police.

These fears have been borne out by multiple examples of how a lack of variety in the data used to train such systems has negative real-world consequences.  In 2018, an MIT and Microsoft research paper found that facial recognition systems sold by major tech companies suffered from error rates that were significantly higher when identifying people with darker skin, an issue attributed to training datasets being composed mainly of white men.

The issue of the vast amount of energy needed to train powerful machine-learning models was brought into focus recently by the release of the language prediction model GPT-3, a sprawling neural network with some 175 billion parameters.  While the resources needed to train such models can be immense, and largely only available to major corporations, once trained the energy needed to run these models is significantly less.

One argument is that the environmental impact of training and running larger models needs to be weighed against the potential machine learning has to have a significant positive impact, for example, the more rapid advances in healthcare that look likely following the breakthrough made by Google DeepMind's AlphaFold 2.

Life in the future: Tech that will change the way we live

The technology we're already exposed and accustomed to has paved the way for us to innovate further, and this list of current and future technologies certainly have the potential to change our lives even more.

Here's our list of technologies that will 'probably' change our lives forever over the coming decade and beyond: We can fly to virtually any country in the world without any trouble, but what if we could all one day see the earth from space?

Car batteries are lasting longer, the charging station infrastructure is growing and self-driving technology is being heavily invested in meaning it's coming sooner than you probably think.

Perhaps if it's not flying cars, we might all have other forms of personal transport - jetpacks, for example, have been a popular pursuit of inventors and thrill-seekers for decades.

We could easily be living in a future packed full of useful robots helping around the home as butlers, chefs or general dogsbodies.

Not only can they now be hidden in the tiles on theroof of your house thanks toTesla Solar Rooftiles, but some companies are developing ways ofintegrating them into car roofs, where they will be able to power in-car tech or make the battery last longer.

They can be used in a variety of ways including visual representations of blueprints, virtual scale models of products in development or for simple things like virtual team meetings.

It's reasonable to see a future where we're no longer restricted by mouse and keyboard and instead rely on voice and action to manipulate data in a virtual space.

The 'slave' lorries, while still having a 'driver' to steer them, would be able to drive much closer together, compared to humans driving, and therefore reduce fuel costs and emissions.

From creating aeroplane andvehicle parts, replacement joints such as hips, orpieces for a board game, it still has huge potential to change our lives in the coming years.

We already have intelligent toothbrushes which keep an eye on your brushing technique to make sure you're doing a good thorough job each time you brush.

Now imagine a future where smart mirrors could scan you and tell you about potential health problems, vitamin deficiencies or warnings signs of underlying issues.

As you can imagine, fast connection speeds without overcrowding will open up a wealth of possibilities for 'connected devices' everything from home appliances to cars and gadgets we've yet to even invent.

Robotic exoskeletons are already being used by the military to give soldiers extra strength and abilities, making their job easier, but they could also help disabled people, especially those who are unable to walk or use their arms get about easily too.

Prosthetic and robotic limbs are already a reality, and are proving invaluable, but to have a whole robotic body would provide a whole new level of freedom for many around the world.

One thing the human race will have to do in the future is to learn new ways to recycle, reuse and re-engineer old technology to minimise waste and save the world.

People are already coming up with a variety of interesting ways to recycle old tech, including turning disused plastic into material for paving roads and pavements.

If scientists can develop a cost-effective way to grow edible meat in the lab it would change the way we live and eat forever.

This change not only cuts down the ecological damage meat farming does to the world, but also makes for an ethical alternative to meat eating that many people could enjoy.

Robots are a running theme for the future tech in our list, but Boston Dynamics is constantly working on machines aimed at supporting or taking an active role in the military.

They might also be used to repair damaged organs or carry out intricate and delicate surgery procedures and remove the need for invasive traditional surgery.

Li-Fi has been experimented with for the last few years and has some interesting potential for uber-fast data transfer speeds.Li-Fi uses light to transmit data rather than Wi-Fi's radio waves.

In a world where we're currently socially distancing and wearing masks in public, it's not too much of a stretch to say we'll one day all being doing this with tech-rich breathing apparatus.

Air Ring has already developed an air-purifying mask capable of cleaning the air and removing viruses and pathogens from the air the wearer breathes.

A guide to artificial intelligence in the enterprise

In his explanatory article on four main types of artificial intelligence, author David Petersson outlined how modern artificial intelligence evolved from AI systems capable of simple classification and pattern recognition tasks to systems capable of using historical data to make predictions.

Propelled by a revolution in deep learning -- i.e., AI that learns from data -- machine intelligence has advanced rapidly in the 21st century, bringing us such breakthrough products as self-driving cars and virtual assistants Alexa and Siri.

Despite their ability to far outdo typical human performance in certain tasks, limited memory machines are classified as having narrow intelligence because they lag behind human intelligence in other respects.

Artificial emotional intelligence -- or the ability to detect human emotions and empathize with people -- is being developed, but the current systems do not exhibit theory of mind and are very far from self-awareness, the next milestone in the evolution of AI.

Self-aware AI, or artificial superintelligence (ASI), is defined as a machine with intelligence on par with human general intelligence and in principle capable of far surpassing human cognition by creating ever more intelligent versions of itself.