COVID-19 pandemic had caused an immense ripple effect that forced individuals and companies across the globe to rapidly pick up cashless payments, contactless systems and robotic technology.
When it comes to cashless payments and other contactless systems, these were already actively being used across digitally advanced countries. However, the massive adoption of robotics was definitely due to the pandemic.
As many workers feared for their jobs and also due to the need for further research, it would take some time for companies to adopt perfected robotic systems. But, with the pandemic, companies have increasingly started adopting autonomous machines and technology to support their business operations.
Without being able to incorporate robotics, companies would not be able to carry on their daily activities, especially with the lack of manpower.
The pandemic had led to lockdowns and many manufacturing processes were ceased. Now, with countries relaxing their curfews and rules, companies have started opening up but are presented with another great problem.
Workers are resigning like never before. There are two reasons for this. First, for their safety and second, the lockdown has motivated many to open up their own businesses and spend more time with their families.
According to Time, 40 million jobs were lost during the peak of the pandemic and approximately 42% of jobs are gone forever. According to economists from Boston University and MIT, major corporations suffering from the pandemic and the ‘great resignation’ will replace 2 million human workers with robots by 2025.
Machines do not fall sick and nor do they need a break from their jobs. Also, robots do not have emotions and they do their job without any bias (unless they are programmed to have any). This is why companies have begun thinking about the possibility of not requiring humans at all in physical locations by depending on automation, autonomous machines and remote supervision.
Some More Changes in Robotics after Pandemic
Let us talk about some other ways robotics is being used after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some key changes in how robotics is being used and some major areas where robotics is making a sizable difference:
- Sales and Retail: We are seeing advancements in the adoption of robots for selling products to customers directly in physical locations. Robots are also increasingly being used in warehouses. It is only a matter of time since we see most retail giants use robots.
- Medicine and Health: Robots are taking over the medical industry and they have already started handling contaminated/hazardous materials. Robots have also increasingly been adopted during recent times in surgical environments and for health checkups.
- Finance and Banking: With the onset of pandemic, there are cash dispensing machines that are being set up inside and outside banks. Soon, bankers will start getting replaced by robots as well.
- Manufacturing and Production: With immense budget cuts that companies are facing due to the pandemic and the lack of a skilled workforce, businesses have started adopting robots and autonomous machines for conducting their manufacturing or production operations. Robots are also faster and more efficient. Robots only need systematic maintenance and do not make errors.
Robotics is the future and the faster we get adjusted to these modern applications of robotic technology, the better. Robots have always been faster and more accurate, thus it was only a matter of time before they became common in our daily lives and business operations. As for humans, there will always be more jobs opening up which will be safer and easier for them to do.