There is a robot, it is actually a one-armed robot yet it can perform many tasks and its name is Sawyer. Sawyer can do a lot of things and in terms of labor and services Sawyer can work day by day without feeling tired, moreover, Sawyer does not take toilet breaks and Sawyer do not ask salary increase even working laboriously.
Now, you think Sawyer can do everything? The answer is no, Sawyer can’t understand human. Sawyer is still a robot built out of machines, wires and mechanisms, not like humans that are bring out to world as product of certain emotion.
Sawyer is just one of those robots, with circuit boards on it. Sawyer could be a prefigure of a new era of global unemployment or a robot that save us from dull jobs we never wished to do.
Get to know more about Sawyer.
Sawyer is a 3.3 foot tall robot, that has only one arm and its face is touch screen. This one armed robot is almost one month old. In the field of robotics Sawyer is the new kid with a super-flexible limb that can perform a lot of complex tasks after being thought to do things through program machines.
From One Machine to More Machines.
The creator of Sawyer Rodney Brooks, of Rethink Robotics a Boston-based company says that Sawyer is expected to be seen in the factory floor with human co-workers. This machine is also supposed to create machines. Although Sawyer’s has only one-arm but it can do over 150 factory tasks, indeed there’s much a single limb can do.
In the year 2012 there was also a robot launched named, Baxter. Baxter is larger that Sawyer and has two arms compared to Sawyer’s one arm, yet Sawyer is now a baby brother to Baxter and both robots has the same animates eyes, and these particular eyes are like that of human eyes that look to the direction on where they are about to reach something. Sawyer is a $29,000 robot.
Robots on the rise what does it mean?
Entrepreneur Martin Ford once said that time will come that factories will be manned mainly by robots and not by humans, in a specific description Martin Ford referred to it as the “End of Game” for manufacturing. To quote, Ford has said that “Robots are moving into the realm where they’re beginning to compete with people for those kinds of jobs that rely on hand-eye coordination — things that up until now, only people could do,” Martin Ford is also the author of “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future.”
Where are the workers?
That is for Martin Ford’s theory about employments shortage when robots takes place, however, Brooks the creator of Sawyer has a different point of view, according to him; companies nowadays are already struggling to find enough man power, there is actually a shortage for workers in the factory, there are only limited number of people who are willing to do factory jobs, that is why robots are not a threat but a solution to the already existing problem especially in the field of manufacturing. Robots for Brooks are solution and help not a threat. Brooks vision differ than to that of Martin Ford; he said “When people say to me ‘robots are going to take away jobs,’ I always ask them ‘do you want your child to work in a factory?’ And they always say to me ‘oh no, not my child, but you know, other people’s children.'” Brooks says dexterity is one of the biggest challenges in robotics today. “We just don’t know how to build dexterous hands. It’s an area where there hasn’t been much progress in the last 40 years,” he said. “So that’s one of the reasons robots are not going to take over the world and replace everyone,” he said.”I think this is where Hollywood confuses everyone. Robots are really not very smart. They don’t understand what they’re doing or why they’re doing it,”. There are conflicting views on whether robots either a threat or a help.
The world’s old jobs
Ever wonder where the names Baxter and Sawyer came from? Both names are from an archaic English word for professions. Sawyer means someone who saws wood while Baxter means a woman who bakes. These terms are no longer used today, according to Brooks.
There is no definite answer yet of whether one day the robots will replace the occupation of factory worker. For now, it is the thing of the future and yet to be seen.