On Fridays I plan to spotlight an emerging technology that has been pushed by the COVID-19 pandemic into more mainstream use, sometimes in ways that may seem surreal.
ROBOTS: They’re perfect for doing jobs that are too dangerous for humans to do. So now is the perfect time to deploy them for a variety of helpful tasks and potentially save lives.
Here are some key ways that robots have been, and will continue to be, used during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To send out groceries and supplies.
To attend virtual graduations:
To conduct live virtual tours of museums
To conduct telehealth visits
ENFORCE SOCIAL DISTANCING
If a drone wasn’t scary enough, how about a creepy headless robot dog shouting at you to go home?
On the much friendlier side of socializing, robots are being used to staff hospitals to entertain, improve morale, and provide information to those recovering.
To connect to loved ones in nursing homes:
To emit powerful ultraviolet light in hospital rooms:
To spray quarantined and infected areas outside:
CONTINUITY OF WORK
To power people’s mass buying of supplies:
To help workers perform remote operation requiring dexterous manipulation: