24 Jun 2017
It's the age of advanced technology, and machines have come a long way since their earlier versions. Gone are the days of wheels and axles, as well as crude pulleys and levers. Today is the age of autonomous and even 'thinking' machines. This brings to mind the field of robotics, among others, which presents many opportunities for the society of the future.
Will the world be like as mainstream media puts it?
The Robotics Workforce
Robotics didn't even exist mere decades ago. To find a robotics career is as difficult as finding a Dodo bird. But now, robots are almost automatically a part of our daily lives, and companies like Tanna Partners are making finding a robotics-related job easy.
Though not like their mainstream media counterparts, today's robots are much simpler and perform straightforward tasks. They dispose bombs, visit places where humans can't safely enter, help keep valuables (and homes) secure, explore uncharted places, and even help in medical procedures.
This obviously requires a specifically skilled and experienced workforce. With that, it seems individuals pursuing robotics careers have a bright future.
There are two main career paths: be a robotics engineer or a robotics technician. Technicians earn less, though require a less rigorous academic path. As for engineers, they comprise the more advanced areas of the field. These two professionals work in many sub-fields: automation, cybernetics, medical robotics, and all processes intended to make things easier for humans. Most of the applications intend to keep human workers safe (i.e. working in chemical plants).
Changes in Daily Life
Robots are intended to help humans perform tasks and they will still likely do in the future, although the tasks will be a bit more complex. Businesses will benefit greatly from the speed and efficiency of an automated workforce.
Also, there is talk of replacing human drivers with robots for safety purposes. Today's self-driving cars are an example. A future full of autonomous cars may lead to less road accidents (and by extension, injuries and fatalities).
As for robots replacing humans? Not likely. Engineers are looking at augmentation rather than replacement. The human intellect is still superior compared to a robotic one. Creativity is not something a machine is likely to have any time soon. This leads to humans augmenting robots for better efficiency. People will still have jobs despite the emergence of a machine-focused workforce.
It's a good era to be alive in.