Are Robots a Threat to the Human Race

Bill Gates and Elon Musk, Founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Future of space travel are in the same camp as Prof Hawking. In a Q & A session, Gates stated “I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don’t understand why some people are not concerned.” Musk has gone a step further, claiming that AI is “our biggest existential threat.”

The Growth of AI

Robots have been used in industrial settings for many years now, but the evolution of AI bots is proving intriguing. Baxter, designed by Rethink Robotics, is designed to act as an employee at a typical small business and it can learn and copy a whole range of tasks. Things like packing or food processing are very basic for it. It’s even able to understand the trajectory of something flying through the air, so Baxter can catch. Baxter is a sign of increased intelligence in robots, it’s learns quickly and follows human instructions, this is the beginning of a new line in work smart bots. These kinds of bots are hardly a threat to humanity, but they may be taking up jobs humans would normally have handled.

The Growth of AI
The Growth of AI

Robots Around Us

Robots already play a big part in industrial settings. It’s been predicted that the number of industrial robots will increase by 10 percent per year until 2025. Right now, machines are only handling a fraction of the jobs that they could be used for. They are already very much assimilated into our world, it’s just that you don’t notice them yet. Here’s a look at the main areas robots are already doing their thing:

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