by Aaron Kesel, Activist Post:
If Japan’s Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Institute has its way, human construction workers might not be needed anymore. Meanwhile, a robot named Angus is being billed the farmer of the future.
Researchers have built HRP-5P, a humanoid robot that can handle several construction tasks. The prototype uses environment detection, object recognition, and sophisticated movement to install drywall by itself.
The construction bot is able to both hold up boards and fasten them with a screwdriver.
The farming robot, Angus, is also able to do functions on its own without human assistance. The bionic farmer is strong enough to hoist 800-pound pallets of vegetables and can move them from place to place on his own, Yahoo reported.
The startup behind Angus, Iron Ox, relies on a hydroponic system to conserve water and automation in place of humans.
It’s important to note that Iron Ox still relies on human workers to clip its vegetables when they are ready for harvest. However, they aim to change that in the years to come with another robot for this function.
The average pay for the farming occupation is $13.32 per hour, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Replacing both construction and farming showcases what Elon Musk warned, that a universal basic income (UBI) — essentially, free cash handouts — “will be necessary over time if (AI) artificial intelligence takes over most human jobs.”
In May, Activist Post reported that University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Alan Turing Institute aimed to bring ‘game-changing’ benefits of artificial intelligence to NHS patients and replace some workers in the hospital.
Recently Activist Post also reported that even finance wasn’t safe from the robot apocalypse. China Construction Bank (CCB) opened a Shanghai branch run entirely by robots in a testing phase for finance with little to no human involvement.