Robots are not new to the industrial world. But as technology keeps getting better, more robots are helping humans in the workplace.
Some of the world’s top robot innovators recently gathered at an expo in New York to show off their best machine workers.
One person attending the RoboUniverse expo said robots are important because they can take over tasks humans do not want. The founder and CEO of a new company called Blue Workforce, Preben Hjørnet, said robots will always assist humans, not replace them.
RoboUniverse展览会的一名参展人员表示，机器人很重要，因为它们可以接手人类不想做的工作。Blue Workforce这家新公司的创建者以及CEO Preben Hjørnet 说，机器人永远只能辅助人类，而不会取代人类。
“Robots have no conscience, no self-awareness, so they’ll never be social. But they don’t need to, to make a service for us,” he said.
Tom Moolayil, a technical manager at Universal Robots, agrees.
Tom Moolayil是优傲机器人（Universal Robots）的一名技术经理，他同意这一看法。
“Doing a repetitive, mundane task over and over again, I don’t think that’s a job any person should be doing even for a day,” he said.
He added that a lot of companies with these kinds of jobs find it hard to keep workers. But luckily, robots do not mind being bored. They are also experts at repeating a task over and over again.
Advances in technology have made robots very safe.
Universal Robots demonstrated how one of its machines stopped moving after a human fell on it.
Safety is especially important in workplaces such as car factories, where humans and robots work side-by-side.
Designers at Transcend Robotics created a robot for very dangerous jobs, including mining and law enforcement. It has controllable cameras, climbs stairs and travels over rough terrain.
Chief Marketing Officer Alvin Wong said the machine aims to save lives.
“You can actually survey a hazardous environment before bringing a human into that area,” he said.
While some people fear robots will replace them, Wong said machines can actually help humans perform better. For example, police officers and soldiers consider the field of robotics to be their partner.
Another use for modern robots is to help people who cannot walk.
5D Robotics showed how its navigation technology can guide people in wheelchairs along pre-programmed paths. 5D’s Chief Marketing Officer, Phil Mann, said cars and airplanes can also use the same navigation technology.
5D Robotics展示了其导航技术如何引导坐轮椅的人沿着预设路径行进。该公司首席营销官Phil Mann表示，汽车和飞机也可以使用相同的导航技术。
Mann and his colleagues believe Americans will soon have robot co-workers. But in most cases, he said workers won’t even notice – except maybe to realize that their day goes by much faster.