Humans and robots working together is good for productivity

Posted on February 25, 2015 12:06 am

Since the turn of this century, the ever-changing technology has made almost almost difficult for industries to keep pace.In coder’s view, the design tools and services are giving designers and innovators unparalleled ability to collaborate universally and that means they are able to take large-scale projects. Had a lengthy conversation with a long time friend working in a robotic project in Netherlands and wasn’t surprised when she confidently told me that there will be more productivity and innovation breakthroughs in 2015 than the past three years combined. In United States and Japan, robots are being loaded with big data to perform analytics and machine learning. Contador Harrison prediction is that robotics will evolve into collaborative robotics, with humans playing a proactive role and working alongside robots. For example, I am involved in a project that want to tackle glaring challenge of surgeons deficit in Africa where if all goes as planned robotic surgery will be a reality in the continent of more than a billion people.

Imminent robotics surgery opens valuable applications in remote practice for humanitarian causes, conflicts or simply to help junior surgeons benefit from experienced practitioners far away.In the project, a seven millimetre to eight millimetre robotic arm has been able to reach where a human hand cannot and that has been a success case for all of us involved in that project. Following surgery, patients in Africa will be able to recuperate in less than seven days. However, the new technique is three to four times more expensive than open surgery and the project’s funders immediate plan is to bring down the cost.In breast cancer treatment, special light and surgical glasses help surgeons to actually see cancer cells during the operation, allowing them to remove more effectively the whole malignant mass. Surgery with ultrasound technology is in development and may allow interventions for certain illnesses without the need to open the skin, thus leaving no post-operative scar.

Advances in medical imaging allow for visualizing tumors in 3D, which assists doctors in selecting the best surgical procedure. The high-tech equipment will likely go deeper in terms of image precision from current macroscopic tumor to future’s smallest tissue and even capture abnormal cells involved in the disease formation. Also, the precise nature of tumor cells will be known from high-definition imaging that could eventually eliminate the required pre-intervention biopsy and exam of tissue sample under the microscope. Stem cells usage with both embryonic and adult cells is already paving the way for wider regenerative medicine indications but like other genetic-driven approaches, still needs to be performed within the scope of proper medical evaluation. Recently, I read a report how more efficient robots are replacing craftsmen in factories, restaurants. In our project, very soon the time a surgeon spends doing an operation will be more than halved.

In Melbourne, Australia, I know of a researcher in Biotech industry which is the use of living systems and organisms to develop products, has been named as one of the fastest-growing industries in Australia and globally. In a report published early last year, product development in the Pharma industry which normally takes longer and has rising costs has a bright future thanks to synthetic biology based on digital design tools that is now helping by making biotechnology more accessible to more innovators in United Sates of America and Western Europe.Various companies in Silicon Valley are working with scientists, academics and customers on cross-scale design projects ranging from molecular biology and tissue engineering to self-assembling as well human-scale manufacturing. In Japan and Australia, researchers have been able to successfully reprogrammed and are conceived as emergent design spaces in life and other programmable matter are being thanks to advanced robotic technologies.

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