More than half of all tasks in the workplace tasks will be carried out by machines by 2025. That's according to the World Economic Forum, which predicts that AI and robots will kill off 75 million jobs worldwide by 2022. The Swiss nonprofit also claims as many as 133 million new jobs will be created by machines in that time frame. Humans will have to revamp skills to keep pace with the'seismic shift' in how we work with machines, it said. More than half of all tasks in the workplace tasks will be carried out by machines by 2025.
Hours spent toiling away under the beating sun to harvest berries and fruit may soon be a thing of the past as robots look set to replace humans in the field. A £700,000 machine built by the University of Plymouth has succeeded in plucking a raspberry from a plant and carefully placing it in a punnet. The painstaking process takes a whole minute to get one berry because it requires a combination of soft robotics, clever AI and'deep learning'. It stands around six foot tall (1.8metres) and will combat a continued drop in the amount of migrant farm workers available for the arduous harvests. Fieldwork Robotics, a spin-off from the university dedicated to agricultural robots, built the machine and says it will be able to pick 25,000 fruits a day in the future.
The world's first full-scale robot delivery has been launched in the UK. Starship Technologies has rolled-out the'autonomous package delivery' service in the town of Milton Keynes. It is the first place in the world to use robots developed by the UK-startup and will be joined later this year by San Francisco. Residents of the Buckinghamshire town will be able to get parcels sent to a robot depot, which will then deliver the item to their door for a monthly fee of £7.99. Starship technologies has rolled-out the'autonomous package delivery' service in the town of Milton Keynes after trials in the US and London The service is available through the Starship Deliveries app, which is available on iOS and Android.
A Miami hotel has hired a robot to handle room service. Yotelpad, a 30-story building that's part hotel, part condominium, is employing three robot butlers for guests and residents. The nearly four-foot-tall purple robots get around on wheels and feature a cute, smiling face on a screen that greets guests as they arrive. A Miami hotel has hired a robot to handle room service. Yotelpad, a 30-story building that's part hotel, part condominium, is employing three robot butlers for guests and residents The machines can deliver room service, bring extra towels, give directions, chat with guests and play music.
A shape-shifting robot that can autonomously reconfigure itself into a variety of different shapes has been developed by scientists. The device can perceive its own surroundings, make decisions and autonomously assume different shapes, they say. That means the shape-shifting machine can easily switch between a delivery drone and an arm that lifts and moves objects. It is hoped that similar gadgets will one day be used in search and rescue operations and to explore distant planets. The shape-shifting robot is composed of wheeled, cube-shaped modules that can detach and reattach to form new shapes.