The future of the workplace.
Gaze over your autonomous workers & see the pennies roll in as Mr Pedi-Bot cuts your toenails.
Sounds great. But sadly we discover that robots want to work with us, not for us.
How we know robots aren't taking over just yet:
1. Look at these wonderful self-driving forklifts. Despite having the ability to avoid objects, find products, charge themselves up and practically rule the warehouse, they still have a seat (which I am guessing is for a human).
Watch the video of the ZF Innovation Forklift
2. After watching Toyotas video of their vision for the future warehouse I noticed that, again, these automated vehicles are working with humans and they still have a boss- the warehouse manager, programming exactly what they do. The robots carry goods and move flexibly around the warehouse moving products from station to worker and worker to station.
Watch the video of Toyotas Warehouse Vision
3. RFID robots. Combine RFID (radio-frequency identification) tagged products and these autonomous mobile robots, and you get a stock-taking genius. Making it possible for stock-taking to be done every two hours, these robots will help you make better storage & layout decisions detecting tagged products from up to 25 feet away. Fancy one yourself? An RFID robot sells for around £40,000 but you would save up to a million per year in labour reduction, waste reduction, and inventory optimization.
4. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Although it may be a few months before drones deliver your products straight to your customers, a company called PINC are using them for stock-taking, scanning, safety report, tracking & mapping. With sensors to prevent collisions & adopting flight patterns unique to your warehouse, drones can be used to make your business fly high.
Watch this video of drones put to use in the warehouse by PINC
We are still in control.
People cannot be replaced, we are in control of technology and the future. For the moment the only jobs robots will take over are boring, dangerous and dirty ones, transforming rather than replacing human work.
Robots picking and packing your products at Amazon
Thanks for reading, and here's to the future!