In manufacturing, robotics has already become a staple for much of the past half-century. It is used to automate processes, resulting in more efficient production.
Robots and their peripheral equipment have also found its way into military and law enforcement applications. And thanks to government mandate and investment, robotics in the armed forces is continuing to grow at an accelerated rate.
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As of now, the use of robotics in the military is still rather limited. It is, however, helpful in preventing the loss of life and limb.
In combat operations, the machines can act as a substitute for reconnaissance patrols, especially in high-risk areas, inspection of objects that might explode in urban areas, and bomb defusal units. They have been successful in surveillance and security operations and replacing human soldiers in hazardous environments.
Another well-known application of robotics in the field is the widespread use of drones in counterinsurgency operations in the Middle East.
The potential future of robotics in the defense industry has yet to be tapped because while there is increasing heavy use of unmanned machines piloted by Army personnel, robots can be programmed to be autonomous, capable of thinking and deciding on their own. That is still far into the future because of legitimate concerns about ethics and possibility of friendly fire or malfunctions.
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