Will Robots Replace Humans

Service Robots

I have been watching some of the new releases from CES. I have been amazed by how many robots are being displayed this year. It reminds me of when computers or TV’s were the hot topics. I am not talking about a robot the sweeps your carpets or even ones that mow your lawn. I am talking about full-fledged service robots. These are robots that interact with people as well as provides a service to the food and hotel industries.

There is a hotel in Japan that is entirely run by robots. As soon as you check into the lobby you are greeted by a robot. There is a robot who will help take your baggage to the room. Then there are robots cleaning the rooms and bringing room service. I guess the only bright spot in all of this is that we will not have to tip the robot for the added services?

Next, I found a restaurant in Japan who are using robots to bring your food to the table, take your orders and even bus the table when you leave. It won’t be long before they are also cooking your food.

These robots from what I have seen stand four feet high, cost $5000.00 each and will last 5 years before needing to be replaced. If they were paying someone $10.00 an hour each year it would cost $20,800.00 for a human worker. Then we have to have human sick days built into that as well as vacations, taxes, and insurance. We can see just on a cost savings why these companies would be doing this. But where does it leave the human race?

We have seen for years where robotic arms do a lot of the manufacturing jobs in the USA. These machines have been putting the working man out of many companies. So with this write up you might think I am somehow excited? Not the case at all. I am really worried about our future generations growing up just to become people who service the robots that will be servicing all of us. Then what happens when the robots can service themselves?

Technology is a great thing. It helps us in our daily lives. And I see it is even good for doing tasks that we don’t want to give time to. But when I see this as a movement to replace us and take all of our jobs I get really worried. I just hope the government is making plans to have some sort of cash flow to give all Americans to allow us to live a normal happy life.

Technology In Medicine

Over ten years ago I was in the medical field and we were already using some forms of technology. There has been forms of tech showing up even earlier then that in the hospitals.

The first form of technology I was using was the defibrillator which allowed us to get a heart that is beating in a bad rhythm back into a smooth running machine.

In the hospitals we were seeing IV pumps. These pumps allow a drip medication to be delivered at the correct drip rate over an allotted time span.

Now there is robots working in the hospitals. You may have seen some of these if you visit your local hospital. They are known as the drug pushers. Little guys that travel around the hospital dispensing medications to the nurses on the floors for the patients.

Recently we have seen robotics being used in the operating room. There is a surgeon in the room but the robot is now doing the cutting and digging into your body. Makes you wonder how many people will not attend medical school when we can just roll in the robot arm and let it get to work?

The next time you are in the hospital open your eyes and look around see what kind of technology is taking over your hospital. One final thought, I wonder what would happen if one of those robots got hacked? Could you see the medicine robot running down the road kicking out FREE meds?