What will robotics look like in 2025? 2,000 experts have their say

Close to 2,000 experts have said that robotics will advance so much by 2025 that robots will be involved in almost every aspect of our lives.

They said, in a report by the Pew Research Centre, that our educational system is not preparing us for work in the future and we are poorly equipped to handle the hard choices that will have to be made.

There will also be some unemployment where workers are not skilled.

However, there will also be multiple positive outcomes that come developing the technology including freeing us from the most boring aspects of our daily lives.

From Intel to Netflix to Yale University, there were almost 1,900 respondents from the world of technology, innovation and research.

They were asked about what robotics will look like in 11 years time and how the technology will change our jobs and lives in general.

We have already seen robots that will look after our children as well as robot chefs being taught how to cook. 

We’ve picked out some of the most intriguing responses from the group:


Robocop on the streets

President of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Marc Rotenberg said that there will be drones which can interpret what they see and hear.

“They will likely have both infrared detection as well as the ability to see through solid materials and detect heat signatures. They will certainly have facial recognition capabilities and be integrated with a national biometric center.”

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The robots will take over

Internet researcher Mary Joyce said there’s nothing we can do and robots will replace humans.

She said: “To the extent that human workers can be replaced by robots and algorithms, they will be. There’s no reason to believe that firms would behave in any other ways. And social forces, like unions, that would limit these actions, don’t have the strength to prevent these changes.”


The ‘underclass’ will grow

Media studies professor Mark Johns, from the US, argued that there will be an increase in the ‘underclass’ because robots will be more intelligent than humans.

He said: “Many manufacturing and service jobs will be eliminated by intelligent agents in the next decade. Social problems associated with a growing “underclass” will increase.

“The middle class will continue to shrink, and there will be a greater gap between the educated and tech-savvy ‘haves’ and the uneducated ‘have-nots’.”


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Work will change

Janet Salmons, a PhD and independent researcher said that the jobs we do will fully change, and humans will be able to be more inventive:

“I expect that the landscape of work will change. I anticipate that there will be more ‘hybrid’ jobs with some tasks done by AI agents and others by real humans.

With any luck, the humans will be able to focus on more creative, innovative efforts with mundane and repetitive tasks completed by AI agents or robots.”


We’ll have more fun

University of North Carolina professor Paul Jones said that the social impact will make us think more about what it is to be human and thus we will have more leisure time.

“I for one welcome my new robot masters. I don’t welcome the loss of jobs or the depersonalization of services.”


The world will be colder

We will be much more antisocial says Vytautas Butrimas from a major government ministry.

“Just look at what is happening at our airport waiting lounges. People sit next to each other but the interaction is not taking place with the neighbour sitting nearby but with a device communicating to some other device.

“The world will be more bureaucratic and ‘cold’ in 2025 than it is today.”

The full report can be found here. 


Image one courtesy of KnightScope. Image two courtesy of Cornell University. 


Green cities: Building a solution to air pollution

Increasing levels of air pollution are putting the lives of millions of people in danger as more people live in smaller areas with less open spaces, but our cities could be starting to adapt to the challenges which are faced.

One proposal that includes creating an enclosed biodiversity park in the middle of some of most polluted cities could provide some respite for those flitting between meetings and tasks during the day. 

Air pollution, according to the World Health Organisation, contributes to one in eight deaths around the world and has a greater risk than was previously thought, while the effectiveness of measures such as air filtering masks are being questioned. 

London’s bustling Oxford Street was recently named as the most polluted street in the world after scientists monitored the levels of nitrogen dioxide over successive days. The levels shown were more than ten times the recommended levels by the European Union.

However, structures that clean the air around us are becoming more realistic and have the potential to help clear up the air we breathe. Next year Nemis & Partners will complete a building facade that cleans the air and the Tripartate Flows project aims to use organic waste to create energy as well as cleaning the air around us.

bubbles

Orproject’s Bubbles concept envisions an enclosed green space that would provide clean air to breathe. The lightweight covering was designed for cities such as Beijing, Delhi and London, which all have high levels of polluted air.

Rajat Sodhi from the Orproject told Factor that while the problems of pollution in our cities is being worked on by officials there needed to be some way for people to ensure they are getting clean air.

He said: “The idea is to create a large biodiversity park that you can enter, you can get some hours of fresh air, clean your lungs out and then go back to your life while the government figures out how to clean the city and how to clean the city’s air.”

He added the park would be connected to buildings around the outside, which would control the air to ensure it was clean.

 tripartate

Sodhi said that the issue of air pollution had been frustrating the company for a while as many of their employees work in the polluted cities. He said that designers can help to try and find some solutions in their local areas.

“So one of the kind of things that has been brewing in our mind for some time was that we as architects cannot really fix the pollution problems of a city, we’re not environmental agencies, we’re not the government, we don’t make policies so fixing the pollution in existing and developing cities is beyond our control,” he said.

“But, what if we could create an infrastructure, such as Bubbles, which would allow people to breathe fresh air in a contained environment within a city, which is otherwise polluted.”


Image one courtesy of Orproject. Image two courtesy of Nemis & Partners