Artificial intelligence really is working hard-so we have to hardly work (well, kind of). In 2011, industrial robot sales hit about 160,000 units, translating to $8.5 billion in sales-this was by far the highest level recorded for any single year. Did you know that there are currently 1.1 million working robots in the world? They sort through construction waste for reusable materials, and 80 percent of car production is completed by machines. By using A.I., Hyundai Motors reduced delivery time by 20 percent and increased inventory turns from 3 to 3.4.
Two of the most sophisticated robots in the world include "Baxter" and "Hoya Robot." Baxter is a humanoid robot that is designed to work safely alongside people on factory production lines. It can be trained in less than 30 minutes by applying common sense and by adapting to the environment. South Korea's Hoya Robot can enter burning buildings, withstanding temperatures up to 320 F. It transmits image, sound, temperature, smoke, and gas data to firefighters up to 54 yards away. Robots still need to become more advanced before they can replace traditional secretaries and assistants.
Globally, due to automation and robotics, 3-5 million jobs exist. 300,000 people are estimated to already be employed in industrial robotics, with 45,000 more jobs to be added by 2018. To learn more about all this and how neuroscientists in Switzerland believe they can rebuild the human brain, neuron by neuron-check out the infographic below presented by Click Software.