Technological advancements pave the way to an artificially intelligent exoskeleton robot by a Toronto-based startup. However, will the created solutions bear more problems to humans instead?
Blue-collar workers are slowly being replaced by robotic hands. While these technological breakthroughs thrill many, it also gives fear to a number of workers.
If there are already machines that can do the work, what else will the humans do?
The Exoskeleton Robot Can Learn
Geordie Rose, the founder of quantum computing company D-Wave, leads the plan of creating a quantum-powered exoskeleton Kindred. Rose says it will use an “AI-driven robotics” that lets one person do the work of four.
The wearable robot is going to be a 1.2-meter tall humanoid, as revealed in the patent application for Kindred. An exo-suit and a head-mounted display will be included in the exoskeleton which may be wrapped in synthetic skin.
The robot’s suit will also have sensors and actuators that enable the AI to carry out daily tasks. Since the exoskeleton employs a quantum computation, a powerful way of storing and processing information, the augmented information it receives lets the robot mimic the actions of the wearer.
They will, later on, learn the mimicked actions and be able to teach it to other robots, which can repeat them independently.
Will These Robots Result To Human Unemployment?
With the revolutionaries of technology, work, especially in the manufacturing section, is made faster and more precise. According to a study by Moshe Vardi, a computer scientist at Rice University, machines will be capable of doing any human work within 30 years.
Vardi poses the question that if robots can do “almost any work humans can do,” then what else will us humans do?
On a more positive note, economic professor Martin Feldstein at Harvard University says that technological innovations do not equate to unemployment. In fact, it can better the people’s quality of life by having more time to do a more meaningful work.
Ultimately, only time can tell whether an exoskeleton robot will be a headache or a source of more idle time for us humans.
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