The confluence of science, engineering and technology called robotics has upped human fascination for machines. Robots are shampooing almost every strand of life, to make its activities smoother and have been proved to substitute human actions. Industries are getting increasingly dependent on robots as they enhance the efficiency and safety levels in manufacturing processes. Robots are said to augment industrial output as they can operate safely, swiftly, consistently, perfectly and productively. They work mechanically and their performance levels are not bound by human mood swings.
However there are certain disadvantages linked to robots. Robots need electricity to function while supplying power to industries has its hurdles and is a major challenge especially in underdeveloped countries. While robots need regular and meticulous maintenance, a major area of concern lies in the possibility of labourers losing their jobs although it is believed that robots only change the jobs and human presence is required to monitor and supervise them.
Ghana too is getting familiarised with the robot culture and students in Ghana have been introduced to the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence. In fact it is a matter of pride for the country that in the 2019 World ROBOFEST competition held in Michigan, U.S.A; the Methodist Girls’ High School at Mamfe Akuapem won the ultimate game.
Be it in business or for personal activities, one must remember that robots are only creatively programmed products of human intelligence and are far from being substitutes of human intelligence. The power of creativity is always there to stay.