Robots might still sound futuristic to some, but automation technologies are already being widely used in many industries comprising from manufacturing, assembly, packing, and packaging to earth and space exploration, surgery, weaponry, laboratory research, and mass production.
According to the International Federation of Robotics, it is predicted that three million industrial robots would be in use by 2018, and that by 2020 the worldwide stock of operational industrial robots will increase from about 1,828,000 units to over 3 million units. This represents an average annual growth rate of 14% in just two years. Meanwhile, Interact Analysis predicts that by 2023 all regions will have exceeded 2019 levels of robot shipments, including China. and North America with the highest growth rates.
Robotics and artificial intelligence are said to cause disruptions across industry, as the pandemic has prompted companies to accelerate the deployment of new technologies to reduce costs, improve productivity — and be less dependent on real people.
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In a recent report by The World Economic Forum (WEF), it was concluded that “a new generation of intelligent machines, powered by rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, could potentially replace a large part of existing human jobs.”
Atlanta-based SoftWear Automation wants to make a billion T-shirts a year in the US by using robots. The robotics company, which was launched in 2012, had a working prototype within two years with the assistance of Georgia Tech Advanced Technology Development Center and a contract with DARPA.
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