Well hell, as if it weren’t bad enough that illegal aliens are crowding the job market and taking jobs from citizens, now there is another threat to peoples jobs.
Humanoid robots that can carry out difficult tasks during plane manufacturing are being developed by Airbus and the Joint Robotics laboratory.
Using humanoids on aircraft assembly lines will make it possible to relieve human operators of the most laborious and dangerous tasks, thus allowing them to concentrate on more valuable tasks that cannot be carried out by machines.
The four year project will attempt to research and develop solutions for a number of issues around using humanoid robots in manufacturing.
One of the most prominent difficulties for these robots will be to work in a confined environment and move without colliding with the numerous surrounding objects.
This is the first issue researchers will have to solve by developing new algorithms for the planning and control of precise movements.
Due to the size of aircraft, and the very high number of tasks that need to be executed on a limited number of units, the use of specialised fixed-base robots, like those already in use by the automotive industry, is impossible in the aeronautical industry.
Today the robots are building aircraft, tomorrow, what? Barista at Starbucks? Will they be doing the jobs American’s refuse to do, like picking fruit and vegetables? Insurance salesperson? Doctor? Lawyer? Would you go see an all robot band? Robot heavyweight boxer? Will your next meal at a restaurant be cooked by a robot cook?