Pandemic Putting Robots to Work

Pandemic Escalating Use of Robots

Source:  CDC.Gov.










Robots Don't Get Sick
The coronavirus pandemic is
accelerating the global use
of robots.  The virus is so
highly contagious that it is
changing consumer preferences
for human interaction, for instance
with a retail clerk.  Dealing with
a robot worker, that doesn't 
cough or sneeze, is a lot
safer.  Experts say the
pandemic is rapidly
expanding work opportunities
for robots.

McKinsey Forecast
A forecast by the global consultants
McKinsey predicts that 1/3 of
US workers will be replaced
by robots by 2030.  The 
pandemic is now accelerating
that trend.

Global Trends
Many companies are
now expanding their
use of robots to foster
social distancing and to
cut the number of staff
who have to physically
come to work. For instance,
Walmart is using robots to
clean and sanitize their floors.
In Wuhan, China a smart
field hospital for COVID-19
patients was completely
run by robots, controlled by
medical staff in a safe, 
remote location.  In South
Korea, robots are dispensing
hand sanitizers and taking
temperatures. With experts
saying social distancing may
be necessary through 2021,
the demand for health care
robots is expected to dramatically
rise.  

Multiple Robotic Uses
Robots are being deployed
for a myriad of tasks since
the pandemic broke.  Ultraviolet
light disinfecting robots are 
being shipped to hospitals in
Europe and China.  As we
start getting back to normal,
we're likely to see them cleaning
our offices and schools. Restaurants
and grocery stores are expanding
their use of robots.  With the
priority being the health and
safety of workers and customers,
we're witnessing the rise of the
robotic workforce.  In their
warehouses, Amazon and Walmart
already utilize thousands of
robots.  They're planning on 
deploying thousands more.

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