I didn’t invent the word “robotification.” It already exists. But here is my version of the definition.

Robotification: The process by which tasks normally performed by humans are replaced with machines of some kind. These machines could be mechanical or electronic. Past tense:robotified.

You might think robotification is something that will happen in the future. Nope. It’s already started. Scholars might debate the exact beginning of the robotification of Earth, but we should all agree that it has already started. Just take a moment and look around you. How many things do you interact with that were once done by humans but are now performed by machines?

Here are some examples.

  • The ATM – which stands for Automated Teller Machine. Do not call it an ATM machine – that’s redundant.
  • Robot arms in car factories. Yes. This is what most people think of when they hear “robot”. Actually, these are pretty dumb as far as robots go.
  • Google self driving cars – well, any self driving car. It doesn’t have to be made by Google.
  • WolframAlpha. This is sort of like a robot that answers questions and gathers data. It’s also a lot like Siri or Ok Google.
  • Self checkout at the grocery store. Oh sure, you are doing part of the work – but a machine is also replacing a human at least in part.
  • Watson – the computer. This is the robot-computer that competed in Jeopardy!

Of course there are also examples of robots that are actual robots.

Robotification of Society is Coming, 1/7/15

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