The Growth Of Robots In The Robot Invasion By Charlie Gillis

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In the article, “The Robot Invasion” by Charlie Gillis, the author discusses how robots have grown from the early 1990’s, to the present, and what is expected in the future. He discusses how the beginning of robotics went from simple robots to more complex robots. For example, Andrew Vardy, a computer science professor, recently created toy-sized robots that could see and was able to sort pucks by color (Gillie, 2012, p. 478). The biggest challenge faced with the growth of robots is the capability to respond to changes in the surroundings. However, there is hope for robots evolving because James McLurkin, a professor from Rice University, programmed robots smaller than a hamburger with simple combinations of tasks like following the leader, escaping deadlocks, and even cleaning floors of bread crumbs (p.479) Since 2005, a Massachusetts based company Kiva Systems, has been selling automated warehouse systems using hundreds of robots that are able to get merchandise from storage to shipping (p. 479). The warehouse system can triple distribution productivity. Humanoid robots are being used by the military field, due to their high market price. Baxter, is the first humanoid industrial use robot available for approximately $22,000.00. Many people are skeptical about the growth in technology, when it comes to robots, because they fear they could replace jobs that humans perform. Thomas Frey, an American Futurist, doesn’t look at robots taking over human jobs. He sees advancements for humans to adapt to the future of robots, as robot designers, engineers, and dispatchers. He feels humans and robots can grow together. The future with robots can be helpful for humans but can also be a scary situation for people to handle. The article was persuasive to me because of the many strengths, Charlie Gillis, suggested in the article “The Robot Invasion” is evidence that robots have grown through the years and will continue to grow with the future. For example, we are going from small toy-sized robots that can see, to human like droid robots capable of performing tasks that are difficult for humans to do. Recently, a California based company announced it would spend $3.1 million to develop farm robots capable

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