Humans Are Replacing Robots? What’s With That?
Yup, Mr. “RobotMan” may be without a job for a little bit. A car company looks to change the way they do business. We will address this question in a moment, but first, a brief overview and history of our Mr. “RobotMan”.
A Brief History
The word “Robot” today, means any man-made machine that can perform work or other actions normally performed by humans, either automatically or by remote control. Robots seem like a modern day invention, but in reality evidence suggests that automations were created for everything from toys to parts for religious ceremonies in ancient Greece and Rome. Leonardo da Vinci sketched plans for a humanoid robot in the late 1400s. Jacques de Vaucanson was famous in the 18th century for his automated human figure that played the flute and for a duck that could flap its wings. Today robots are a part of many aspects of industry, medicine, science, space exploration, construction, food packaging and are even used to perform surgery. Watson, a robot with artificial intelligence from IBM, defeated the human players in an episode of Jeopardy.
Parts Of A Robot
- The Controller ‐ also known as the “brain” which is run by a computer program. Often, the program is very detailed as it give commands for the moving parts of the robot to follow.
- Mechanical parts ‐ motors, pistons, grippers, wheels, and gears that make the robot move, grab, turn, and lift. These parts are usually powered by air, water, or electricity.
- Sensors ‐ to tell the robot about its surroundings. Sensors allow the robot to determine sizes, shapes, space between objects, direction, and other relations and properties of substances. Many robots can even identify the amount of pressure necessary to apply to grab an item without crushing it.
Speed Controllers, Microcontrollers, Power Supplies, RC Interfaces, Servo Controllers, LEDs, Meters & Gauges, Misc. Electronics including transistors, relays, LCDs, Diodes, Resistors, Zener Diodes and inductors are all examples of just some of the electronics devices and components that are used in Mr. “RobotMan”.
Robots are unable to think or make decisions; they are only tools to help us get things done. Robots are machines with programed movements that allow them to move in certain directions or sequences. Artificial intelligence has given robots more ability to process information and to “learn.” But, they are still limited by the information that they are given and the functions they are given to perform. All of which leads us to “What’s with humans replacing robots and why one car company is doing this”?
Toyota is becoming more efficient by replacing robots with humans
Car makers have embraced automation and replaced humans with robots for years. But Toyota is deliberately taking a step backward and replacing automated machines in some factories in Japan and creating heavily manual production lines staffed with humans, according to Bloomberg.