When there is an epidemic all over the world, if people forget about another threat to human life, it can be seen with a forgiving look. And that is the rise of robots.
For better or worse, analysts say robots will take over many human jobs. And coronavirus infection has accelerated this process.
“People usually say they want human touch for their interaction or interaction. But Covid-19 has changed that perception,” said Martin Ford. He is a futurist who has written about how robots will be integrated into the economy in the coming decades.
“Covid-19 is going to change the way consumers choose it and it will create new opportunities for automation.”
Small or large – a variety of organizations are increasing the use of robots to increase social distance, as well as reducing the number of workers who have to come to work. Robots are also being used to do things that workers cannot do at home.
Walmart, America’s largest retailer, is using robots to clean floors.
South Korea is using robots to measure temperature and provide hand sanitizers.
Health experts warn that social distance may have to be maintained until 2021. In such a situation, the demand for robot workers is expected to increase.
The demand for robots as cleaners is increasing: –
The demand for companies that make clean and disinfectant products has multiplied.
A Danish company called UVD Robots, which makes ultraviolet-light-disinfection robots, has supplied hundreds of machines to hospitals in China and Europe.
The use of these robots is increasing day by day in grocery stores or restaurants that offer takeaways or food shopping.
Experts say the more businesses open, the more likely it is that the use of these technologies will increase – it may be seen that robots are cleaning schools or offices.
“Consumers now place the greatest importance on their own safety and the health and safety of their employees,” said Blake Morgan, author of The Customer of the Future.
“The trend towards automation is to keep them all healthy and consumers will support it.”
However, there are still some limitations. Ms Morgan said though the use of automated systems in grocery stores reduces people-to-people interaction.
However, since they do not work very well and are not very durable, buyers avoid them and go to the staff who work as cashiers.
Helps to maintain social distance: –
Food supply is another sector where the use of robots is expected to increase due to health concerns.
Fast-food chains like McDonald’s are experimentally using robots to prepare and deliver food.
Robots are already being used to increase efficiency in the warehouses of companies like Amazon and Walmart.
Following the Kovid-19 epidemic, the two companies are considering increasing the use of robots for sorting, shipping and packaging.
This may reduce the complaints of the workers working in the warehouse. These workers complain that in the current situation, they are not able to maintain social distance from their colleagues.
But technology experts say many of these workers will become unemployed as a result.
Once a company invests in robots instead of employees for a specific job, it is unlikely that it will hire employees for the same job again.
Making robots and employing them in business is quite costly. But once they can be activated, they are usually cheaper than workers.
In this regard, futurist Martin Ford said that the use of robots in the next world of Covid-19 will create opportunities for marketing.
“People will want to go to places where people are less anxious and therefore have lower health risks,” he said.
Robots are just as efficient as humans: –
How will the robots work in areas where a person needs some kind of education or service?
For this, artificial intelligence is being developed which can act as a school teacher, physical training instructor and business advisor.
Big technology companies are increasing the use of artificial intelligence. Facebook and Google also use artificial intelligence to remove offensive posts.
However, skeptics say that people will be involved in these robots in one way or another.
In a 2016 study, McKinsey, a global consultant, said that by 2030, one-third of U.S. workers would lose their jobs due to automation and robots. But the idea is that events like epidemics will change the concept of time limits of all kinds.
Experts say how people want to connect this technology to the world will depend on people’s decisions.