Forced Labor of Robots

March 19th, 2011

Majority of the robots found all over the world are designed specifically for heavy, repetitive manufacturing work. Tasks that are difficult, dangerous or simply boring to human beings are also assigned to them. The word robot that originated from the Czech word “robota” means “forced labor,” which is generally how robots are put into work. The most common manufacturing robot is the robotic arm.

Industrial robots are designed to do exactly the same thing over and over again in a controlled environment. They can usually be seen in assembly lines performing tasks such as twisting caps onto jars, putting cars together or transferring objects from one place to another. A robot is taught its job by a programmer that guides the arm through the motions using a handheld controller.