So what happens when robots begin manufacturing other robots? While it may sound like a scene straight out of iRobot, I assure you, it is not.
Industrial manufacturing robots work on assembly lines constructing other items, including vehicles and electronics that are complex and have many interworking parts. If a robot can put together a television circuit board or a Volkswagen, then why not another industrial robot?
There are robotics companies that are using industrial robotics to build different parts of the robots they produce. FANUC, a leader in the robotics industry, uses its industrial robots to build parts for other industrial robots the company produces.
Some see this as signs that manufacturing is moving away from actual manufacturing and into replication. However, these replicating ideas are currently only existent in the scientific testing phases.
For an industrial robot to be able to fully replicate itself, it would have to be able to gather all the raw materials necessary to make itself autonomously. These industrial robotic systems, no matter how artificially intelligent or complex, do not have these abilities.
Of course, it is possible that robot replication will become an industry in the future as the need for more and more industrial robot services become prevalent in society.
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