The future is now

If the thought of working alongside robots seems futuristic, think again. 

Robots are everywhere and whilst industrial sectors represent the biggest investors, artificial intelligence is set to infiltrate our daily lives in a big way – and sooner than you may think.

For BBC’s Team Pi, who were recently crowned World Champions in the RoboCup Junior Open Soccer Superteam Competition, there are no new revelations here.

The team was undefeated in their three Superteam matches, with Team Pi’s (Andrew Su, Robert Kopel and Brian Chen) robot scoring two of the goals as they represented Australia. The achievement followed their eighth placing in the individual competition with the boys also receiving a certificate for Best Teamwork and also for Spirit of Robocup.

Team Pi secured their spot in the world event last year after taking out the title in the Open Robot Soccer Competition at the Australian Championships. The boys have continued to invest considerable energy into the engineering of their robots and are to be commended for their efforts.

BBC’s Robotics Club has continued to go from strength to strength under the leadership of Master in Charge and Senior Science Teacher, Colin Noy. The club sit at the core of the school’s philosophy, with a focus on developing boys’ minds to be forward thinking and to foster new world capabilities such as creativity, invention, imagination and importantly problem solving.

As part of The Australian feature Expectations of the future workplace a survey showed 71% of respondents agreed “the rise of the digital economy will greatly benefit Australian productivity” and 72% “that to be competitive Australian industry needs to adopt greater automation...”

These insights give weight to statistics released by the International Federation of Robotics which show no sign of this field slowing down – and when it comes to utilising these skills to innovate in the workplace, Team Pi will no doubt be at the forefront.