Coronavirus: Will Covid-19 speed up the use of robots to replace human workers?

For better or worse the robots are going to replace many humans in their jobs, analysts say, and the coronavirus outbreak is speeding up the process.”People usually say they want a human element to their interactions but Covid-19 has changed that,” says Martin Ford, a futurist who has written about the ways robots will be integrated into the economy in the coming decades.Companies large and small are expanding how they use robots to increase social distancing and reduce the number of staff that have to physically come to work. Experts say as more businesses re-open we can expect to see further adoption of this technology – you may see robots cleaning your schools or offices.Ms Morgan points out that automated checkouts at groceries should reduce human interactions but because many systems don’t work well or break easily customers avoid them and go to human cashiers instead.”People will prefer to go to a place that has fewer workers and more machines because they feel they can lower overall risk,” he explains
AI that’s as real as humans Both Facebook and Google are relying on AI to remove more inappropriate posts since the companies’ human content moderators can’t review certain things from home.

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