As computer vision technology continues making advances in a variety of fields, it now has extended to the the global industry. According to an article in the New York Times, robots are now being used in manufacturing plants and factories. This may come as no surprise to many, but the difference is that a new wave of robots is performing complex tasks–yes, that’s plural. Whereas in the past, many robots had one set skill or function, robots in the new Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., are performing as many as four specific skills. And it’s not the only place, as other manufacturers are catching on that tasks can be done more efficiently, and for less money.
This is all made possible by computer vision cameras. Years ago, they were expensive to build and implement and limited in their scope. But with the advent of technology such as Microsoft’s Kinect, robots can do and see far more than before, and at a low cost.
While this is no doubt changing the face of manufacturing, some people can’t help but wonder how this will affect the economy, as it eliminates jobs, only increasing the unemployment rate in locations where manufacturing is an integral component of the local economy.
What do you think? Will human factory workers one day become obsolete? Is this a good or a bad change? What are the advantages and disadvantages?