More than 500 robots with incredible capabilities, similar to humans, were presented at the World Robots Conference.
Among the most important pieces were robots with fish inside with a capacity to swim in real water, the Doctor Canca, football players, receptionists. Others could play musical instruments, serve cocktails and even can be employed as teachers.
With 160 companies represented from countries such as the United States, Europe, and East Asia, this 4th World Robots Conference reveals the extraordinary emergence of technologies that allow machines to replace humans.
They also showed “medical” robots such as Cancan, which have an informative screen on their face or chest, sensors to avoid colliding with pedestrians, are able to listen to the user, and give information.
China’s iFlytek, a specialist in speech recognition systems, presented a new “medical assistant” robot able to help identify up to 150 diseases and ailments, even passing a national medical qualification exam with a high score. It operates in conjunction with a doctor, asks patients a series of diagnostic questions and can also analyze X-rays.
The show also exhibited drones, a buoyant sector in the Chinese economy, with a capacity to transport up to a ton for 200 kilometers, and which are among the largest unmanned aircraft in the world.
Another great attraction was the exoskeletons, futuristic frames that are attached to a human body to help carry large weights without fear of injury, and that according to the local firm Tieya Gang and are widely used by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.
The popular stars of this year’s World Robots Conference were undoubtedly the small, amateur-made “battlebots” which smashed, hammered and sawed their way through their opponents to a cacophony of cheers and shouts from a rapt audience.
Most of the robots were in the perfection phase but all have a great commercial capacity since the skills they develop are related to the attention and service to the general public.
According to the International Federation of Robotics, China is already the main market for industrial robots, drones, and humanoids, accounts for 25% of world sales, something that has boosted the current government of the president, Xi Jinping, obsessed with giving a new image of an ultra-technologized country.
But it is a delicate balancing act for Chinese policy-makers due to the potential for human job losses — a 2016 World Bank report said automation could threaten up to 77 percent of jobs in China’s current labor market. Nonetheless, a great robotic leap forward has already been made.
According to a media report, Pakistan is also developing a firefighting and disaster mitigation mobile robot, also ITU University students developed some 100 robots last year showing that there is no lack of talent in the country but need a proper policy making by the government which we still wait to see.