Robotics and coding are quickly gaining popularity nowadays. Mostly, we can see their influence in the movie and film making. In reality, robotics are primarily employed in safety and rescue operations. Moreover, there are also robotics in factories and manufacturing industry, in construction, in automotive, in banking, in hotel, in the restaurant and food industries. As well as in hospitals, pharmaceutical and healthcare.
Becoming the Latest Craze
Robotics and coding fast became the latest craze. They are literally everywhere. They not only invaded the different industries but also our homes as well.
Invading Our Homes
Without a doubt, robotics and coding invaded our homes. A lot of robotics technology inspired household items are now also available in the market. The convenience provided by robotics for laundry, for cleaning and sweeping the floor is a high demand.
There are also robotic pans and pots. Amazing as it is, some homes has robotic chef and kitchen. Although, there is no assurance about the taste. However, inside the system of these robotic chefs are recipes of the world’s renowned chefs.
Believe it or not, even robotic pets are existent! There are different variety of robot dogs, cats, owls, hedgehogs and even a unicorn. For one thing, these robot pets are not kids toys! They are purposely made to serve as companions like a real pet. As a matter of fact, there are robot pets for different ages even for seniors!
Moreover, I heard that after electric cars, robotic cars are now available. And I believe the list will just keep on growing as time pass by. Therefore, whether we like it or not, robotics technology became an indispensable part of our daily living.
Transforming the Toys
Robotics and coding influenced the kids toys as well. Before, safety is enough as the main consideration for choosing a toy. So, most toys were simply unmovable kid friendly shaped toys. As time pass by, the toys changed. And they were no longer the simple toys from years ago.
In my youth, speaking and remote-controlled toys were already a wonder. A few years ago, transformer toys and robots became popular. Recently, programmable robot toys became the latest craze.
In like manner, playing board games were no longer as simple as rolling a die. Nowadays, coding board games are the new trend. They come with robots and coding cards.
In like manner, robotics and coding modified education as well. They are no longer just an option for a college course. As a matter of fact, my kids’ kindergarten used programmable robot toys for education. There is also a rise in the number of robotics and coding academies for elementary students.
I also heard on the news about robotic teachers deployed in the classrooms. Although, it is not yet widely implemented in our country, having robots as teachers is a big possibility.
My View on Robotics and Coding
I personally love robotics and coding. They are just simply amazing or should I say the geniuses behind these technologies are amazing. Engineers who designed and built the physical robots are admirable.
However, we cannot warrant the insane coding involved to make these robots exceptionally intelligent machines. Behind them are brilliant programmers who labored for hours, days, months and even years in order to give us these astounding innovations.
I love and enjoy watching movies with robots and futuristic elements in it. Sometimes I couldn’t help but wonder if one day these fictional robot characters and the futuristic technology driven modern worlds in movies will actually become a reality.
I think a cuddly health care provider like Baymax (from the movie Big Hero 6) for every family is not a bad idea. And just imagine having Wakanda’s cool medical technology in Black Panther movie being available to us! Human cloning in the movie Replica gave me goose bumps though. But who knows, all these might be under wraps.
What Is Robotics?
Robotics is simply a branch of science and technology that is associated with the designing, building, operating and utilizing of intelligent machines called robots. It produced robots to provide ease, assist and aid humans in their daily activities particularly the activities that are risky and harmful to humans. Hence, the main purpose of this branch of technology is to keep us safe and away from perilous situations by making use of robots.
Are All Automated Machines Robots?
A lot of automated machines with sophisticated programs are within easy reach. They are also made to provide convenience and safety to humans. But are they robots?
Automated machines help in doing human tasks deemed to be repetitive and monotonous. For instance, doing the laundry and cooking rice. These are everyday routines that led to the manufacturing of washing machines and rice cooker.
Another example is the counting of bills and coins in banks. This task is part of the daily operation of the banking sector. It is simple but making even the slightest mistake in this ordinary task can result in a complex of problems. This gave rise to automatic bill and coin counters.
We also have the elevator. This automated lifter has made it convenient for us to climb up and down tall establishments. Some modern elevators have sophisticated coding to ensure accident free and safety operation but still they are not counted as robots.
Vending machines, ATMs, heating and cooling systems, and the likes are automated and intelligent machines but they are not robots.
Hence, not all automated machines are considered as robots. However, robots on the other hand are automated and intelligent machines. Some of them are built for convenience and assistance in mundane chores. However, most of them are built to do jobs that are dangerous to human such as deactivating bombs, going and exploring to ruins, mines and shipwrecks, finding survivors and performing rescue operations in unstable locations. Some are even sent to space for exploration and research.
The Anatomy Of A Robot
Robots have special features that separated them from other automated and intelligent machines.
One essential characteristic of robots is the ability to perceive and feel its environment. Robots have to be aware of their surroundings. In fact, they have different kinds of sensors that mimics the functions of eyes, ears, nose, mouth, tongue, arms, hands and legs.
This is one of the most important feature of robots. Robots should be intelligent. At least, they should possess a “common sense” to carry and accomplish task. Of course, robots acquired that intellect from its human programmer. So every robot should have the capacity to receive a program that would enable it to efficiently work.
Robots should be able to go from one place to another. Moreover, They also should be able to move its parts like arms to do things like pick and move objects.
They should be able to move from left to right or turn around. Wheels, walking legs or propellers help the robots achieve this movability.
Robots should have energy source. This is a requirement for them to be able to carry out task for a duration of time. There are variety of sources where robots can get their energy. Depending on their built, they can have batteries, electrical or solar as their power source.
Coding plays a very important role in robotics and robots. It is the procedure of using a programming language to enable the computer or machine to carry an instruction. Each line of code tells the machine to spring into action.
In order to accomplish a job, one has to write a lot of lines of code called script. This makes coding the essence and intrinsic part of robotics. The absence of coding in robotics is like the absence of brain to humans.
Thus, robots are not intelligent machines without coding. Without coding, robots cannot execute and achieve something significant.
Is our future being shaped by robotics and coding?
As the influence of robotics and coding increase day by day, it will likely extend its prevalence to our future.
Nevertheless, in my opinion, the shaping of our future still lies in our own hands.
We still call the shots whether we want to buy or not the modern appliances, gadgets, devices and others.
It is the same with robotics and coding. If we enjoy and are passionate about them being in our future then we can just go for it and follow the flow.
However, if we feel otherwise, we can choose to swim against the current. We hold the reins as to what part of our life, living and future we want robotics and coding to gain leverage with. Don’t we?
How about you?
Do you think robotics and coding are shaping your future?
Do you have gadgets or appliances equipped with robotics and AI?