In 2017, the International Society of Civil Engineers (ISACE) announced that it would be making the first official recommendation to the United Nations for a comprehensive human-robot hybrid.
The International Joint Commission, which oversees the IJCE’s Human Robot Interaction Working Group, recommended that countries adopt the robots’ “safety and protection features, including those designed to protect them from impacts, such as vibration, thermal damage, and heat-induced injury,” and “support the integration of robots with humans.”
And the World Bank is working on a program to develop and test robots for the construction industry, with a goal of having 100 robots on the streets by 2025.
The IJCEC report also warned of the dangers posed by “a lack of public understanding about the hazards posed by robots in the construction environment,” and that many countries are reluctant to take on these new technologies because of “a belief that the development of robotics will increase the competitiveness of the global economy.”
The International Civil Engineering Council (ICEC), the body that provides recommendations for the development and implementation of human-robotic interiors, was not as enthusiastic about this assessment, calling it “a misguided and ill-conceived approach to address the problem of high risk of industrial robots.”
The ICEC noted that “the risks posed by industrial robots are largely unknown to the general public and have not been addressed by the ICSE, nor the relevant agencies of the IAEA.”
The ICSEA, however, believes that public understanding of the risk posed by these new forms of robotics is improving, and the IECC has been actively engaged in public meetings, forums, and conferences around the world to encourage the development, testing, and adoption of new safety and protection technologies.
As of September 2018, the IFCE has produced a detailed report on robot safety, which was released on October 13, 2018, and which outlines what the industry and government needs to do to address robot safety.
The report recommends a number of measures, including the development by the industry of a comprehensive robot safety strategy, the introduction of new “safety protocols” for the industrial use of robots, and “robotic safety education,” including training for operators and engineers.
A further section of the report calls for greater awareness of the risks posed to workers in the industry, including by the use of a robot to control machinery and tools.
“The risks posed for workers are real and widespread,” the report states.
“Robots can pose significant hazards, such that robots cannot always be avoided.
This means that they need to be designed and controlled carefully and in accordance with human safety guidelines and regulations.”
The report also highlights the potential benefits of adopting the robots into a variety of manufacturing industries, from logistics to manufacturing, and points out that the robots could be “a significant and rapid contributor to the reduction in emissions of CO2,” while also reducing the “cost of goods.”
These recommendations have not gone unchallenged by the companies and governments that make these robots, however.
“We are in a position to take the recommendations seriously,” says Daniel Rabinowitz, the executive director of the Robotics Institute, a research organization that advocates for robotics in the workplace.
“There are a lot of people that are doing robotics, and there are a whole bunch of companies that have been doing robotics.
It’s a very strong industry.”
The industry has responded to the report’s recommendations in several ways.
On September 14, 2018—a few days after the report was released—the International Federation of Robotics announced that they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ICAE, which, in turn, signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Industrial Relations Board (NIRB), which is the federal agency responsible for enforcing federal labor law.
The two organizations have begun to work together to develop an industrial robots safety strategy.
In June 2018, several dozen robots and other technologies were put on display at the International RoboFest, a trade show for robotics, which takes place annually in Austin, Texas.
The robot displays were part of a “robot factory” that took place in New York City on September 10, 2018.
According to a statement from the NIRB, the exhibition was part of an “all-volunteer” effort to bring together “industry experts” and members of the public to “explore and develop innovative technologies and solutions that will make the construction of robotics safer.”
In September, the ICEC issued a report, “Robotics in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities,” which highlighted some of the ways that robots are becoming increasingly more capable, and that the potential risks to workers are becoming clearer.
“Despite the many positive developments that robotics technology has brought, the risks to the safety of workers and their families have not diminished,” the ICEA report said.
“Industry has been slow to understand and address the dangers of robots in workplaces, and even more slow to address their risks to our planet and our planet’s inhabitants.”
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