complex problems according to a logical approach typical of human intelligence.
Internet of things
operation, monitoring, control, localization and exchange of information.
Handling elements or machines for industrial automation robots that are able to interact and, above all, to learn from humans, speeding up and improving production. They can repeat human movements and change their programming. They act fixed on the spot or autonomously can be self-propelled and perform tasks that are generally hard, repetitive, or even dangerous for humans. Those dedicated to logistics are completely autonomous, either laser guided or magnetically guided, and can interact with each other through a Wi-Fi connection.
Robots in Retail
Robots are used in retail to serve a variety of purposes: they can move shelves, detect damaged products, provide inventory, help customers in the purchasing process, and much more.
Rather than diminish the importance of store personnel, these robots actually allow employees to do their jobs better. How, you may ask? If robots perform the more mechanical functions typically required of staff, human beings are then free to concentrate on customer service. In this way, the use of technology directly translates to increased efficiency for stores. In the past, only products were innovative. Now retail is beginning to turn its attention to those actually buying their products in an attempt to innovate the customer experience from beginning to end. Data science and machine learning are therefore crucial in retail to achieve new levels of efficiency, profitability and customer satisfaction.
Robots that can be used as a house worker in order to clean the house. They don’t have yet a humanoid design but they are able to move autonomously and interact with modern home automation. They can be remotely controlled.
Not only: they will be the future caregivers that will assist the elderly in nursing homes or in their homes. The caregiver robot will therefore also be a nurse.
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What is a Robot?
The word robot comes from the ancient Czech. Entered in the every day lexicon, the word robot comes from “robota”, hard work. It has been used for the first time by the Czech writer Karl Čapek (1880-1938) in his work R.U.R (Rossumovi univerzální roboti) to indicate “constructed” beings by artificially reproducing and assembling different parts of the body. In his novel Čapek imagined a world based on the work of human robots. The only thing that they don’t have is soul. These human robots slowly rebel themselves and eventually prevail over humans. In the end, however, even robots discover love and feelings.
Another scientist, Isaac Asimov, a Russian naturalized American (1920-1992) wrote on robots. As the author of many science fiction novels, Asimov imagined two types of robots: those who represented a threat, that rebel themselves against human, and those that he called “pathetic style”: nice but stupid, easy to be manipulated by human. Subsequently, Asimov imagined another type of machine, that is a robot neither pathetic nor threatening, but simply at the services of humans, endowed with security devices. It is the positronic robot, which obeys the three laws of Robotics, a science of which Asimov considered himself the father:
- A robot can not harm a human being nor can he allow a human from being damaged
- A robot must obey to orders given by human beings, provided that such orders do not go against the First Law
- A robot must protect its existence, provided that this self-defense does not go against the First and the Second Law.
What is Robotics?
These three laws were then extended to four, including the one according to which a robot cannot harm humankind, nor can it allow that, because of its failure to intervene, humanity is damaged.
Beyond science fiction, the robot referred to today is a machine, more or less anthropomorphic, which can work in collaboration with human or, depending on the commands that it receives. The tasks it performs replace or helphuman, such as in the manufacture, construction, handling of heavy and dangerous materials, or in dangerous environments or not compatible with human condition or simply to free human from duties.
Robotics is therefore a real science, a branch of engineering, which studies and develops methods by which a robot can perform specific tasks automatically reproducing human activity. Robotics is therefore linked to the field of mechatronics, which sees the combination of several disciplines of a humanistic, linguistic and scientific nature.
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