Boston Consulting Group predicts that by 2025, up to a quarter of jobs will be replaced by either smart software or robots, while a study from Oxford University has suggested that 35% of existing UK jobs are at risk of automation in the next 20 years. That effectively means your days at the office could be numbered if a robot or machine could do your job better. We don’t know about others, but these 10 robots are definitely gunning for your job…
1. Atlas Robot
Atlas, a bipedal humanoid robot, can aid emergency services in search and rescue operations. It can drive a utility vehicle, travel dismounted across rubble, remove debris blocking an entryway, open a door and enter a building, climb an industrial ladder and traverse an industrial walkway, use a tool to break through a concrete panel, locate and close a valve near a leaking pipe, and connect a fire hose to a standpipe and turn on a valve!
2. Bridge Building Robot
These autonomous bots are building bridges in a way we’ve never seen before. They are like mechanical, torch-wielding welders that melt together layer upon layer of steel to form a solid object. They can print metal bridge in midair over water by “drawing” steel structures in 3D!
3. Food Handling Robot
The ‘chef of the future’ is trained to work with slippery, deformed and oddly-shaped objects in order to prepare food.
4. Construction Robot
Engineers in Perth, Australia, have created a fully working house-building machine, named Hadrian, which can create the brick framework of a property in just two days, working about 20 times faster than a human bricklayer. Hadrian has a top laying speed of 1,000 bricks per hour, equivalent of about 150 homes a year!
5. Unmanned Firefighting Aircraft
A remotely piloted helicopter can be used to perform wild land firefighting scenarios, including cargo drops, single-target water drops and progressive line building with a bucket.
6. Starfish Killing Robot
The COTSbot, world’s first starfish-killing robot, is equipped with stereoscopic cameras to give it depth perception, pitch-and-roll sensors to keep it stable, GPS to keep it on the right path, and a state-of-the-art computer vision system trained with thousands of still images of the reef and videos to help the robot recognize the starfish.
7. Carvana Robotic Car Vending Machine
The world’s very first fully-automated, coin-operated car vending machine, Carvana is equipped with three customer delivery bays and can store up to 20 cars.
8. Furniture Building Robot
This robot is developed with the goal of getting it to autonomously assemble an entire wooden IKEA chair. The robot has six cameras for eyes to track up to five objects with a positional accuracy of up to 3 mm, two arms that are capable of six-axis motion, and two hands made from grippers that come with force sensors.
9. Artificially Intelligent Poster
Based around a fictional, rather nondescript coffee brand Bahio, the world’s first ever artificially intelligent poster can read the reactions of its audience and adapt itself accordingly.
10. Collaborative Robot
Collaborative robots are designed to assist human beings. These robots could bring you a beer, help out in hospitals and share space in disaster zones with humans without the possibility of accidental injury.