The government recently invested £26.6 million in order to fund several projections, which include something that plumbing services like Richards Plumbing Services will take interest of; miniature robots that can fix pipe leaks and work in unsafe environments, like something out of a science fiction film.
The cash will be split between 4 UK universities; Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, and Sheffield, for the creation of these new pipe-bots which will be set to work in underground pipes and dangerous sites, the kind of places you would expect to find autonomous bots. It’s also the hope that they’ll help end the need for disruptive and expensive roadworks usually assigned to companies like Richards Plumbing Services or the like, as they can work on the designated places without having to dig up the road.
They’ll also be looking into airborne and underwater iterations, which can handle work on difficult-to-reach locations like oil and gas pressure vessels.
As one would expect with such a bold project, the UK government will be throwing a fair amount of money into it, with Science Minister Chris Skidmore announcing that the investment will total £26.6 million in 15 projects.
Mr. Skidmore says that, for now, they can only dream of a world without roadworks disrupting daily lives, these pipe-repairing robots is a step towards that. This technology, which will have robots working in the UK’s pipe networks to cut down traffic delays, and have them work in dangerous places so that people can be safe, has the capability of changing the world we live in for the better.
Of course, as helpful as this technology might be, there’s a common fear that people have with regards to it; namely, will they lose their jobs. The point behind this tech to handle jobs that would endanger people.
There’s also a report written by New York management consultancy firm, McKinsey, which took a good, long, hard look at which jobs would be lost to automation, and which professions were at greatest risk. According to the report, the jobs that robots are most likely to take over are the physical jobs in predictable environments, like fast-food workers, as well as data collection and processing.
On the end of the spectrum, people whose jobs are in unpredictable environments, like gardeners, plumbers or childcare and eldercare providers, will see less automation, because they’re technically difficult to automate.