industries Archives - Vermont Republic https://vermontrepublic.org/tag/industries/ Second Vermont Republic Wed, 01 Dec 2021 09:40:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://vermontrepublic.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/cropped-LogoSample_ByTailorBrands-1-32x32.jpg industries Archives - Vermont Republic https://vermontrepublic.org/tag/industries/ 32 32 How Robotics Are Helping Different Industries https://vermontrepublic.org/how-robotics-helping-different-industries/ Wed, 01 Dec 2021 09:40:14 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=6321 What once seemed like a far-off fantasy has now become a reality — robots are involved in our everyday lives. On a consumer level, robots and artificial intelligence systems have become household staples, from automated vacuums to Google Homes. On an industrial level, robots and AI processes are helping different industries in a variety of …

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What once seemed like a far-off fantasy has now become a reality — robots are involved in our everyday lives.

On a consumer level, robots and artificial intelligence systems have become household staples, from automated vacuums to Google Homes. On an industrial level, robots and AI processes are helping different industries in a variety of ways.

In some cases, robots are taking over tedious jobs to replace humans, and in other cases, robots are working alongside humans to help, but not completely taking over jobs. Robots that work in tandem with humans are called “cobots.”

Robotics, cobots, and AI systems are all helping different industries improve the safety of human workers, increase efficiencies, reduce costs, and much more.

Let’s dive into how robots are lending helping a helping hand in healthcare, manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and food service.

Healthcare

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In the healthcare field, robots are making processes more efficient on small and large scales.

On the mundane side of healthcare tasks, robots are helping restock and transport medications and supplies. While restocking supplies doesn’t sound like much help, it makes a difference for care teams.

According to MedCityNews, “Nurses are spending more time on indirect patient care activities like paperwork, traveling to supply rooms, and entering medication orders than in the past.” When nurses and doctors spend most of their day taking inventory or hunting down supplies, they are spending less time on patient care. Some nurses reported spending at least 2 hours a day on indirect patient care. If those two hours can be freed up to see more patients, it’s a win-win for everyone.

Another way robots are easing the schedules of doctors and nurses is by assisting patients as they get out of bed.

Robots are also taking over more serious tasks, like incisions during surgery. When robots are used for incisions, they work more precisely and leave less damage than human hands do. Plus, at a certain scale, some incisions are too small for even the steadiest human hand.

Microbots are also being used in the medical field to detect and treat diseases. Essentially, a patient will swallow a tiny camera so that doctors can take images of certain areas — like the colon — to detect tumors. Using microbots is a minimally invasive way to help patients.

Manufacturing

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One of the biggest ways robots are helping the manufacturing industry is by automating processes and cutting costs.

Not only do robots speed up assembly processes, but they also take humans out of dangerous processes. Robots are helping in almost all parts of assembly lines — moving parts, gluing pieces together, guiding parts, and more.

Robots are also increasing workplace safety and keeping humans out of harm’s way. Robots don’t get tired after a 15-hour shift like humans do, which means they can work longer hours while keeping the same accuracy. AI systems are also being used to detect any machine malfunctions and shut them down or alert workers before anyone gets hurt.

Beyerdynamic, an audio accessories manufacturer in Germany, implemented two assembly line robots that increased the production rate by 50%. Even with limited floor space in their factory, human workers could easily work alongside these robots to do their tasks.

Robots also have a relatively quick ROI. Within two years, most robots and automated systems will pay for themselves. This also saves companies money, since they don’t have to pay human workers on the floor when robots take over tasks.

Agriculture

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Another industry using robotics to increase productivity and lower costs is agriculture. Robots are helping farmers by getting tedious, repetitive tasks off their plates so they can spend their precious time on more pressing matters that keep the business running smoothly.

Farmers are using self-guided harvesters and tractors. The machines are guided by a GPS, automating major operations like mowing, spraying, weed removal, and pruning. Robotic devices are also being used to pick fruit and crops. One company, Energid, has increased its picking rate by approximately 50%, and sensor technologies are used to check crops for pests or diseases that affect crops.

Drones are used on farmlands to get an aerial view of crops, harvests, and fields in real-time. Using drones for surveying land helps free up farmers’ time since they don’t have to go out into their land (which could be many acres) to check on a single section of crops. More sophisticated drones and software, like one from PrecisionHawk, “automatically converts aerial data into an easier-to-understand analysis. It provides orthomosaics, 3D models, crop health analysis tools, volume measurement, and the ability to collect, process, manage, share and analyze aerial data. In addition, the software allows users to communicate and collaborate with team members.”

Construction, Oil, and Gas

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In industries like construction and oil & gas, robots are helping immensely by keeping human workers out of dangerous situations and taking over tedious tasks.

Robots are used for more tedious (but essential) tasks like bricklaying. Robots that lay bricks account for many environmental factors while performing the job, like wind and vibrations, to build the sturdiest and most efficient structure possible. Robots are also being used to paint, enabling human workers to focus on more critical tasks.

In the oil & gas industry, robots are taking over hazardous tasks like industrial tank cleaning. Any container or tank holding oil needs to be cleaned. The traditional method includes a human entering the tank and manually cleaning it, putting the worker in a very dangerous confined space. Instead, tank cleaning robots from Ecorobotics enable humans to control the tank cleaning robots remotely, leaving humans out of the hazardous parts of tank cleaning tasks.

Food

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Robots are helping the food industry in many ways as well.

Domino’s Pizza has a self-driving delivery car that delivers pizza to residential homes, while Little Caesar’s has a patented robotic arm that helps make pizza in-store. Their robot spreads dough, adds toppings, and places pizzas in the oven. Utilizing robots in both of these instances helps limit the spread of germs. Touchless contact is in heavy demand post-pandemic, and robots are helping support this development.

In China, a robot called Cruzr is being utilized in grocery stores to recommend wine pairings to shoppers that accompany the food they’re buying.

Robotics Are Here To Stay

Robots are becoming more and more popular to help streamline processes, take over mundane tasks, increase productivity, and lower costs for many industries. You can expect to see even more robots in everyday life; they’re here to stay, and the robotics industry is only growing.

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How Machine Learning Has Taken Over The World https://vermontrepublic.org/how-machine-learning-has-taken-over-the-world/ Sat, 21 Dec 2019 11:58:44 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=2407 Machine learning is one of the most popular buzzwords in sites like shoppingthoughts.com and across the digital world today. The term might be just another jargon that doesn’t mean a great deal to your everyday life. You might think of a computer being able to play against you or a robot designed to do specific …

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Machine learning is one of the most popular buzzwords in sites like shoppingthoughts.com and across the digital world today. The term might be just another jargon that doesn’t mean a great deal to your everyday life. You might think of a computer being able to play against you or a robot designed to do specific tasks that only humans can do before.

Worse, you might even imagine machine learning or artificial intelligence as something sinister or unreal. But, the reality of these technological advancements is that they are indeed here, and it’s far less threatening than you’ve imagined.

Whether you believe it or not, the fact is that AI and machine learning is making a positive impact on how we live in this increasingly innovative world. In this article, you’ll learn what machine learning is and how it’s changing the world and your day-to-day life. If you are interested more about this topic visit intellipaat.com for Machine Learning Course.

Machine Learning: Defined

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Machine learning is an essential subset of artificial intelligence, whereby algorithms and statistical models are used to run computer systems that rely on patterns and inference to perform specific tasks.

Computers programmed by machine learning extract information and utilize it to make predictions, decipher the accuracy of that information, and self-learn. Fundamentally, it’s all about analyzing big data.

Big companies like Amazon and Google use machine learning to roll out semantic results based on algorithms that systematically analyze a person’s viewing, search, and purchase history to determine their preferences and predict his/her next digital actions.

The amount of data that such big companies hold is pretty staggering. According to a 2018 report, an estimated 4 billion people use the internet to search for something. There are around 40,000 searches processed per second, which amounts to 3.5 million per day, or a staggering 1.2 trillion annually.

Implications on the Workforce and Industries

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Machine learning plays a significant role in transforming the workforce and various industries today. Some consider this change catastrophic, while others think of it as a miracle. It’s because machine learning is poised to automate a majority of skilled labour. The opinions are divided because such technologies can either lower the difficulty level of a job or wipe out the job altogether.

Now, let’s look at the various industries that are changed since the advent of machine learning. Read on below.

Skilled Labor

A lot of people expect that the significant shift driven by machine learning will be the automation of industries. Tasks and functions formerly done by skilled labourers will be mechanized or taken over by computers or robots, especially those jobs that risky or dangerous like mining. In fact, we are already seeing some of these changes today.

Education

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No computer or robot can completely replace the job of a teacher. But it’s a fact that some of the tasks and functions of a teacher can now be automated.

For instance, you can now program a computer to analyze test results, determine study plans, and figure out learning disabilities and knowledge gaps. Machine learning has the potential to facilitate the work of teachers and improve the learning outcomes of students.

Transportation

If you haven’t heard about driverless cars, you must be living under a rock. Of course, artificial intelligence and machine learning made possible these self-driving vehicles, and it’s expected that railway trains and ships will be autonomously controlled in the next several years.

NASA has already successfully launched and landed a self-driving space shuttle, and Canadian aviation companies are also looking forward to designing an aircraft without a pilot. Google and Rolls Royce, meanwhile, are collaborating to create an autonomously controlled ship by next year.

Health

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Machine learning also plays a vital role in the health industry. Right now, it’s being utilized for faster and effective patient diagnosis and prevention of diseases. Thanks to AI and machine learning, medical professionals are now able to predict potential health problems based on genetic history, age, socio-economic status, etc. of a person.

Moreover, medical institutions are also utilizing AI algorithms for accurate detection of tumours, as well as the acceleration of research toward a cure for cancer.

Law

Since AI and machine learning can process enormous amounts of data, legal firms and lawyers will now be able to review previous cases and law documents in a matter of seconds. Despite this capability of machine learning, it’s still unlikely that it will take over the profession of lawyers since this job involves human logic and emotional appeal.

Domestic Life

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Artificial intelligence and machine learning contribute to the fast-paced improvement in our daily lives. For instance, the devices in our homes are now increasingly connected to the internet. Home appliances and gadgets can now function with less handling on our part and with just a single command using our voice.

Of course, the progress that AI and machine learning are taking makes our domestic life more convenient, secure, and efficient.

Takeaway

Whether the impact of AI and machine learning is positive or negative on your part, it’s undeniable that much of the world is enjoying its benefits today. The thing is that we have to change our mindsets when it comes to advancements such as this one to further the success that humanity is taking.

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