Robots come?




Robots come?

Robotics will not come suddenly, immediately and quickly. But the pace of its already well felt. Following the mining trucks robots in Australia began implementing railway drivers in Volvo: immediately hundred autonomous XC90 crossovers arrive on the streets of the town of Gothenburg. Electronic brains “are rolled” and competitors from Mazda, BMW and Ford.

Application flying drones as couriers can be considered a publicity stunt online retailer Amazon, but in Australia nimble autonomous flyers slowly acclimatized (while in the delivery of books). The largest U.S. carrier, UPS began experimenting with its own fleet of drones. Given the catastrophe with Christmas parcels from the Americans this year, is a reasonable step.

The Chinese, of course, are not far behind: SF Express ortokoptery tests in Guangdong, delivering loads of up to 3 kg.

Replace human robots, even where seemingly no homo sapiens did. For example, testing touchscreen tablets and smartphones. Yes, they are checked too “piece of iron”! Oculus controller from Intel plays Angry Birds and other games, pokes at different points of the display, getting feedback, and a verdict – a marriage or not. While the robot is still more expensive live receptionist, but it so far.

In the U.S., local journalists seriously fear competition with automatic compiler news designed by Narrative Science. The program runs until the run-Quill (already has 30 regular customers, including Forbes), but the forecast for the next 5-10 years will be able to replace the news journalists and stock analysts. The difference in pay colossal: Quill requests $ 10 note, a journalist living – American 200-500 rubles. Fortunately for Russian journalists and copywriters, software Russian language does not know.

Together with the active introduction of technologies and funny incidents happen. So were exposed telemarketing services in a number of companies working in the supposedly automatic mode. It turned out that the monitor with the right answers to a live person sitting. Naturally, not an American or an Englishman, and a resident of one of the developing countries.

Call centers in India are not news, but here marketers of Avatar, the seller of such “systems” have relied on patriotism. It turned out that the Americans and the British do not like to hear the voice with an accent, so they slipped pseudo-robot, speaking in fluent English. Slipped and issued for the know-how of engineering. So not only Russian officials suffer similar, as you can see.

Robotics industry is in all countries. South Korea and the United States bought 20,000 robots in 2013, the European Union – twice. China bought 28,000 mechanisms, however, it is unknown how many Chinese have put their production robots.

It is no coincidence because the Chinese economy is growing robotics by 25% a year – faster than all competitors. Giant-city factories alone corporation Foxconn get 200,000 robots for 10 years. There are two reasons: shortage of workers (yes, even in China, they are not enough!), And the rapid rise in prices of most of these hands. Chinese worker hourly wage increased since 2005 from 50 cents to $ 2.

Russia is far behind: only three hundred robots. For comparison: in 1000 put a small Czech mechanical hard workers. Maybe the gap is for the best. After allowances for nothing we will not pay the state (in the same Germany has already discussed the idea of ​​paid content for all citizens of the country just for the mere fact of their existence, without any requirement to work). We, on the contrary, are planning to fight the “professional unemployed.”

Property of new technologies in the fact that they “steal” jobs in the chain. Here IBM cut 8,000 people (outsourcers from India and China). Their work is automated through virtualization, “big data” and “cloud computing” data centers. But here’s the problem: the data center staff can also send soon on indefinite leave.

Has already started production of special service mechanisms to replace lower-level technical staff. By the end of 2014 should receive new data centers, where people will not be in (the concept of data-center lights-out or “data center with the lights off”).

In conclusion, two examples of automation from personal experience. Automatic doilki for cows in demand among our farmers. However, the reason is not to reduce the cost (they cost more people), but a lack of wanting to work in agriculture. Potential milkmaids prefer to move to the city (not a new process, already begun in the 70s). Second example – automatic helpdesk operator or bank, for example, telecom operators.

Recently tried to convince one of the robot operator to connect me to the protein origin. Failed. Robot twice replayed recording, then broke off the connection. Was it a real program, or again a clever intern pressed the right buttons?


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