In a world where robots are becoming more and more human, who is really the master? This question becomes more relevant every year, especially after the annual World Robotics Conference (WRC), which has just concluded in Beijing.
The WRC, already held since 2015, gathers designers, investors, students, researchers and curious visitors from all over the world under its roof. It provides an opportunity to learn about the latest advances in artificial intelligence-based machines.
This time, the conference has attracted attention with its humanoid robots modeled after poets from the Tang Dynasty. Li Bai and Du Fu are the two robots that were the real hit of WRC 2023. Their creation is the result of years of research and development in robotics.
However, humanoid robots are only a small part of what was presented at the conference. In total, about 600 robots from 160 companies from around the world were presented. Of these, 60 robots made their debut on the world stage, demonstrating their unique capabilities and potential.
It is important to note that the robotics industry plays a key role in modern society. According to China’s Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology, Xing Guobin, it symbolizes advanced manufacturing and guides human society into the age of intelligence. Robots drive global economic development and enhance human welfare.
Indeed, data from the International Federation of Robotics shows that in 2022, the global installed capacity of industrial robots reached a historic high of 531,000 units. This indicates that robotics is becoming more and more widespread and in demand in various fields of activity.
However, despite all the benefits and advancements of robotics, there is a question of what implications it may have on humanity. Many scientists and experts are voicing their concerns about replacing humans with robots in various fields of work.
For example, Professor Jonathan Sparks from the University of Oxford says, “We have to be cautious about automation and the replacement of humans by robots. At the same time, we can’t stop there. We need to find a balance between using robots to improve efficiency and keeping jobs for people.”
Historical experience also shows that the introduction of new technologies can have unintended consequences. For example, during the Industrial Revolution, many workers lost their jobs due to the automation of production. It is therefore important to take these aspects into account and develop appropriate policies and support measures for people who may be affected by changes in work.
In conclusion, the World Robot Conference in Beijing has shown us that robotics continues to evolve and lead to new opportunities and challenges. However, we need to keep in mind the balance between using robots and preserving jobs for humans. This is the only way we can ensure the harmonious coexistence of man and machine.