5 Meaningful Ways Automation Will Benefit Our Lives in the Future

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Automation is slowly being incorporated into the many aspects of our daily lives. From the way we work and how the products we purchase are mass-produced, to how our own transportation systems and appliances work, it’s only going to be a matter of time until almost everything we do is assisted in some way by automation and the computer technologies that support them.

But what kind of concrete benefits will we enjoy from such a future, besides us having an easier and more convenient time going about our daily chores and tasks? Are these benefits going to be meaningful at all, or will they simply complicate our lives over the long term? The following is a list of what we stand to gain in an automated future.

The workplace will be become more productive than ever

The manufacturing industry has been one of the leading adopters of automation technologies. Many tedious, manpower-intensive tasks where high degrees of repetition and precision are required are already being performed solely or with the assistance of computerized and autonomous robots.

One example of this is the integration of precision motion solutions—such as pick-and-place assembly machines equipped with highly efficient linear stages—in the fabrication and quality checking of delicate electronics like microchips and processor boards. These motion solutions provide the precision motion essential to the completion of such production processes, allowing them to be carried out faster and with minimal errors. The net effect of this is an overall increase of productivity in the manufacturing industry, especially when it comes to mass production.

The same can happen to many other industries when automation becomes more widely adopted. Products and services will be rolled out more speedily, with any kinks and issues created by human error ironed out or minimized completely. Work processes will be much more streamlined. It’s a new industrial revolution that every kind of workplace will benefit from.

Dangerous or hazardous occupations will become safer

Many occupations that require employees being placed in positions of considerable risk, such as the handling of hazardous materials or the operation of heavy machinery, will also benefit from the employment of automated technologies. By using autonomous or computer-controlled robots and machines to perform these tasks in the employees’ stead, the risk of any human being put in mortal danger is considerably reduced. Moreover, the efficiency and accuracy of the hazardous task being performed will also be increased, similar to how automation benefits certain processes in the manufacturing industry.

Far from being just science fiction, this is already being done. We’ve already seen how deep space missions are being undertaken by robots, such as the Mars Opportunity mission, where the dangerous surface of the red planet was explored for 14 years by the Opportunity rover. Underwater exploration, which presents many risks and hazards to the human diver, is also being supported by automation technology, with robots being developed to explore deep ocean wrecks.

Traffic jams will become a thing of the past

Vehicular traffic jams remain one of the most enduring problems in today’s modern world. However, this too may also be resolved through the adoption of automation technologies.

One particularly compelling scenario that illustrates this is the installation of adaptive traffic control systems in main thoroughfares or congested roads in cities around the world. These smart systems automatically track the amount of vehicles on the roads in real time and adaptthe specific timing of traffic lights according to the data they gather. So, if the system detects traffic mounting on the road, it will change the timing of traffic lights accordingly to engender a more desirable flow of traffic.

This kind of automation technology has already been in place in select cities around the US. In 2017, the city of San Diego installed twelve such systems along its most commonlyused roads. This resulted in travel and wait times being significantly reduced. Similar systems have also been implemented in other cities such as New York and Los Angeles, also with the same kind of success. Hopefully such systems will be adopted worldwide in the near future.

Human employees will be required for more engaging and creative tasks

For the longest time, cheap and unskilled labor has been the industry go-to for highlyrepetitive tasks. While this is cost-effective and certainly beneficial to productivity, having a human workforce exclusively perform such tasks introduces human error and employee fatigue into the equation, which can result in flaws or mistakes in production.

By adopting automation technologies, a business not only minimizes the risk of quality issues or defects being major issuesin the production process, it is also able to free up its human workforce for more engaging and business-critical tasks, especially those that are customer-facing or require creative thinking. This allows the business to gain more from their investment in their workforce while also allowing their human employees to achieve their full potential, rather than have it wasted away doing repetitive tasks day in and day out.

Moreover, the human workforce in general will be able to enjoy reasonable leisure hours rather than work long hours just to keep up with production demands.

Technological and scientific breakthroughs will happen at a faster rate

Automation is also being adopted by the medical, scientific, and technological research sectors. This allows individuals working in these sectors to perform their research and development efforts much more efficiently, resulting in breakthroughs being achieved at a much faster rate than ever before. We can already see this in the consumer electronics industry, where more advanced versions of our current devicesare being rolled out year after year.

This is in stark contrast to years past, when the same developments would have taken much longer to occur. It’s safe to say that if given enough time, automation will help us reach newer heights in science and technology development, and perhaps help us resolve timeless problems such as world hunger, deadly diseases, and even senescence.

Automation technology: an important factor in humanity’s progress

Automation technology is far from the nightmare scenario that many fearmongers make it out to be, namely that it will usher in a future that renders human labor obsolete. Rather, it will make life easier, safer, and more convenient for all of us, creating a new industrial revolution and opening up new employment possibilities for people. While it’s true that some jobs will definitely be lost, we stand to gain so much more in exchange, especially when it comes to scientific, medical, and technological progress.