Robots have been replacing human’s tasks for almost 50 years. The first robot installed in a manufacturing factory was UNIMATE, employed by General Motors in New Jersey. Back then, robots are used for doing repetitive tasks, and they are a no-brainer compared to what we have today.
Technology innovation has led us to the invention of artificial intelligence, and humanoid robots. In terms of mobility, today’s robots are far superior to what we have in the 20th century, where robots are just fixed arms with a limited range of movement.
Robots in the warehouse
A warehouse used to employ human workers. Robots were not capable of sorting items out. Humans with the help of forklifts were in charge of the task because no robots could process such a complicating job of picking an object based on the demand. It would also be too expensive to make robots that can integrate with logistics.
But Alibaba has changed that view. Jack Ma, the founder, has employed automatons for 70 percent of the warehouse tasks. They are little smart robots of the same type and size that can integrate with each other as well as with the logistics. When the robot is running out power, they will know and go to the charging station. No humans are needed for the power maintenance.
Robots in the military
The most practical use of small robots for the military are the drones. Drones are not just am R/C controlled from afar. They are synced with satellites and can manage to calculate the proper height to fly, avoiding a collision, and do the basic piloting way better than a controlled vehicle.
Drones are used for both surveillance and aggression. It offers superb stealth capability and a wide range of reachability. It can be optimized for supply delivery, which can be very useful in a high-risk area.
Robots in marketing
In marketing, robots might not take any physical forms. But with the dawn of artificial intelligence, data analysis these days have all been automated.
The problem that all search engines have in common is relevance at scale. Search suggestion has never been as simple as it seems. There is a complex algorithm involved. Today, artificial intelligence has taken over the job, and search engines will know the user better than the users themselves.
The next time you type a keyword and find what you have been looking for, realize that the suggestion has been made by an automaton. Imagine this feature be applied to digital marketing. You are labeled as a potential consumer just by typing a keyword. The machine reads you more than you can read yourself. In practice, you can observe how the ads you encounter are relevant to your search.