Singapore has increasingly focused on using robots to help them do a variety of activities because they can’t find people who want to get hired. As a reference, the number of foreign workers on which this Asian city is based decreased by 235,700 between December 2019 and September 2021. Robots do jobs such as supervising construction sites and scanning bookshelves from libraries, according to YahooNews.
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the “pace of technology adoption and automation” by local companies.
Thus, a four-legged robot, called “Spot” and built by the American company Boston Dynamics, scans sections of ballast and gravel to check the progress of the works, on a construction site in Singapore. The data obtained are transmitted to the control room of the Gammon construction company.
Robots, as efficient as humans
Spot only requires a human employee to verify it, while Spot’s current operations required two human employees to work manually.
“Replacing the need for in-situ manpower with stand-alone solutions is gaining ground,” said Michael O’Connell, Gammon’s general manager.
He believes that labor shortages in this industry, exacerbated by the pandemic crisis, will continue to manifest themselves in the near future.
But robots can also do jobs in the library, not just on the job site. Thus, the Singapore National Library Council has introduced two robots reading the titles of books on the shelves of one of its public libraries. The two robots can scan labels on 100,000 books – representing 30% of its collection – a day.
“Employees no longer have to read call numbers one by one from the shelves, and this reduces routine and labor-intensive issues,” said Lee Yee Fuang, assistant director of the Singapore National Library Council.