our au­to­mated in­dus­tries

Australian T3 - - ROBOT WORK FORCE -


Any­one that’s used a self-ser­vice check­out will be well aware that the change has al­ready be­gun. As our world be­comes ever more au­to­mated, not only will the need for shops con­tinue to de­crease, but cities could be drained of cit­i­zens as thou­sands move into ru­ral ar­eas for cheaper hous­ing. Where will they pur­chase their weekly shop? Per­haps at a do-it-all vend­ing ma­chine, like this one (left).


Au­to­mated de­ci­sion-mak­ing has played an im­por­tant role in in­vest­ment and trad­ing for some time. Al­go­rithms are able to process a greater num­ber of fi­nan­cial an­nounce­ments, press re­leases and other info more quickly than any trader – no mat­ter how many stim­u­lants they in­dulge in – and then act faster to take ad­van­tage of it. Ser­vices like Fu­ture Ad­vi­sor cur­rently use AI to of­fer per­son­alised fi­nan­cial ad­vice to more people at a lower cost.


Ve­hi­cles such as the Nis­san LEAF al­ready con­tain on­board com­put­ers and telecommunication equip­ment that en­ables the car to be au­to­mated, to a de­gree, but the fu­ture is more am­bi­tious. The al­go­rith­mic ve­hi­cle con­troller on Google’s driver­less car pro­to­type can mon­i­tor its en­vi­ron­ment to a de­gree that ex­ceeds the abil­i­ties of any hu­man driver, look­ing for­wards and back­wards si­mul­ta­ne­ously us­ing 360-de­gree cam­eras. It has driven 700,000 miles with­out an ac­ci­dent.


Ama­zon’s fleet of drones is, ac­cord­ing to CEO Jeff Be­zos, ready for launch as soon as Federal Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (FCC) reg­u­la­tions al­low them to oc­cupy air space. In the mean­time, it’s been im­prov­ing those huge ware­houses, with Kiva Sys­tems, ac­quired by Ama­zon in 2012, al­low­ing ro­botic pick­ers to grab prod­ucts from packed shelves us­ing bar­code stick­ers placed on the floor. Soon, no hu­man hand will touch your or­der at all.

Ro­botic fac­tory work­ers, drones and driver­less cars al­ready have sights on your job

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