In this early part of the 21st century, a growing number of anxieties crystallize around the use of robots and automation, both in the workplace and in our homes. We worry about robots taking our jobs, becoming smarter than us…and eventually replacing us altogether.
Biomimicry is the study of nature to help solve human challenges. It seeks to emulate patterns and behaviours existing in nature and applying them for the design and production of man-made materials and structures.
The city of Caofeidian in China is set to have the world’s first fully autonomous port by the end of the year. Trucks and cranes will carry, load and unload containers, relying upon human intervention to control the centralized system.
A recent OECD study estimates that 14% of jobs in developed countries are “highly automatable”, while a McKinsey report from last year suggests that as many as 400 million to 800 million jobs worldwide could be automated by 2030.