Nowadays, it is absolutely normal to see all over the place drones, large vehicles driving on autopilot or all kind of survey robots. 10 years ago, this looked like a sci-fi movie but now this is reality. What is interesting is that people do not notice how fast robots integrate in our daily activities. In 20 years, perhaps you are going to see all type of sizes and shapes robots sitting next to you while going to work.
Another example are drones flying around in stores to check inventory levels while your automated shopping cart moves on its own. In the meantime, robots in the warehouse will be busy moving stock and placing orders for new stock.
There are already robots who work along with people. For example, Ocean One is a robot who works with divers to to perform deep sea missions. Ocean One can dive at depths where no diver can go to retrieve all kind of treasures and objects.
Legislation will have to adapt to allow robots in public spaces. Right now there are not many policies regulating the use of robots, but in the near future all this will need to change. There are already cars capable of driving on their own but there is no legislation put in place to allow this on public roads. European Parliament drafter a motion this year, to address this and trying to consider that the most advanced robots can be seen as electronic persons with different rights and obligations. Furthermore, this will impact companies as they will now have to pay social security for example, just like they do for people.
In US, FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) published a new set of regulations for drones weighting less than 60 pounds. Compared to what most people expected, the rules are a lot more strict. For example, if you fly a drone you can’t be in a moving vehicle and you need to have visual contact all the time with the drone. Furthermore, you can’t fly your drone at heights above 400 feet.
Regardless of this, in UK, Amazon decided to test drone delivering in rural areas. Compared to FAA, the UK aviation administration gave permission to test delivering with drones. In just a few words, you can see how big of an impact robots already have on our lives. In the future there is no doubt that our day to day tasks will be influenced more and more by robots. It will surely impact the way we interact with couriers and service providers for example.
The rise of robots, so to speak, is undoubtedly happening and there is nothing people can do to stop it. It is called progression.