Blue-Color Robots are coming to Hospitals in the US and UK
Robots have already staked out a place in the health-care world—from surgical droids that can suture a wound better than the human hand to “nanobots” that can swim in the bloodstream.
But the stage is now set for a different kind of robots, one with a sophisticated brain and an unlimited tolerance for menial tasks.
In the next few years, thousands of “service robots” are expected to enter the health-care sector—picture R2D2 from “Star Wars” carrying a tray of medications or a load of laundry down hospital corridors.
Fewer than 1,000 of these blue-collar robots currently roam about hospitals but it will become clear that these are not novelty items, but serious competitors to humans in performing important but routine tasks. There’s no reason robots can’t continue to expand their roles into more and more of what humans do.
The robots will be used to transport clinical waste and dirty linen, deliver food and dispense drugs.
Soon, however robots – like RI-MAN a robot designed for complex human care – will be introduced to more complex human tasks , and robots already perform as classroom teachers, prison guards, NASA-astronaut next to the cheaper-than-human work force.