A robot is a machine especially one programmable by a computer capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically.
During a disaster robots do not replace people, they either perform tasks that a person could not do / do safely, / take on tasks that free up responders to handle the increased workload.
The uses of robots in this crisis
Robots are used to
- Deliver medicine & food to infected people.
- Enable sterilisation of hospital corridors, wards, ICUs & patient rooms without exposing anybody to the contaminated environment, using ultra-violet light.
- Advice customers at supermarkets about appropriate behaviour, such as panic buying, & gathering in crowds.
- Deliver food & groceries to e-commerce customers.
- Disinfect the streets.
- The robots have touch-screen faces that allow patients to record messages & send them to doctors.
- Robots are not only used in military, it is also used in medical field also.
Technologies needed in this crisis
- Artificial intelligence (AI)
- Predictive diagnostics
The cost of the robots in this crisis
The cost of these machines will ultimately depend on the volume. If we make more of them, they will be become more affordable.
To build a robot it costs 80,000 Indian rupees, but it should be kept updated. So, the maintaining cost will be high.
The future of the robots after crisis
Companies large & small are expanding how they use robots to increase social distancing & reduce the number of staff that have to physically come to work.
You may see robots cleaning your schools / offices in future.
People will prefer to go to a place that has fewer workers & more machines because they feel they can lower overall risk.
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Example of robots in this crisis
This robot measures your blood pressure, heart rate, respiration & sleeping state, it reminds when it’s time to take your medicine.