WHY ROBOTHACK HACKATHON?
Before the COVID-19 outbreak, we were worried that increased automation would impact our workforce, and we would lose our jobs to machines. We fearfully predicted job loss and out-of-balance allocation of prosperity. But just as the industrial revolution replaced countless humans who performed manual labour, the robotics revolution won't happen without pain, fear and disruption. According to a recent IBM Institute for Business Values study, more than 120 million workers worldwide (11.5 million in the U.S.) will need retraining just in the next few years due to displacement caused by artificial intelligence and robots.
An unexpected boost to automation projects has come with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, which generates renewed interest in any technology that can help reduce contact between humans, making some workplaces safer. Today researchers are working towards even greater automation as the post-pandemic environment demands innovative solutions.
What is a robot, and how will it impact our lives and the lives of future generations? It is an excellent question to ask and to seek answers at the RobotHack Online Hackathon. If you are interested in the RobotHack Hackathon as a participant, volunteer, mentor or partner register now!