Distant Job | Telepresence Robots Are Making Waves in Remote Work
Wednesday May 8, 2019
The technological climate of the world today has often made people wonder, should we be threatened by our robotic advancements? Indeed many people have publicly stated that they fear mankind will soon be overthrown by the very robots we’ve built. Siri is often accused of being self-aware and only pretending to be a helpful, but more or less troublesome, virtual assistant. Just the other day, my friend was worried she heard something under her bed and rather than go look herself, she taped a knife to the top of her Roomba and sent it in instead.
But have you ever stopped to consider that as robotics become more advanced, it only broadens our reach and increases our ability to help others? While we generally picture a runaway cyborg when we think of robotics, companies like Double are making it possible for people to have a physical presence in places that they’re nowhere near. This is particularly good news for those in the remote working field. Remote workers have the distinct advantage of having accessibility to more jobs than people who only have access to employment in their physical locale.
Remote workers aren’t the only ones set to benefit from telepresence robots. The healthcare industry has already seen a surge in telecommunication. According to ZDNet, with the help of robots, doctors who specialize in certain fields can consult and even help with surgery despite being millions (more or less) of miles away. OhmniLabs (another company that specializes in telepresence robots) understands the frustration of trying to participate remotely in meetings.
“The ability to read a handout or actually see what is written on the board is game-changing for anyone using telepresence robots.”
OhmniLabs Co-founder and CTO Jared Go
Companies like Cisco Systems are already reaping the fruits of telepresence robots and so are their remote employees.
Our well-titled article “Like it Or Not Remote Work is the Future of the Workforce” points out “53% of workers think that over half of the workforce will be remote by 2020 and 61% of office workers state that video conferencing will play a huge role in making that transition smoother.” With the development of telepresence robots, that transition just got even smoother and maybe a little more sci-fi.