For a long time, they were just the stuff of science fiction movies. But as time goes by, robots are entering our daily lives: They're found in factories, in hospitals, in storehouses and even in agriculture.
The European Union has supported the development of robots to the tune of several hundred million euros. The industry is expected to grow radically in the coming years.
Besides computer technology, BSH workers also had to get used to robot colleagues as well. A lot of final production steps are done manually. A fridge door can weigh 12 kilos. Boosting output is only possible when robots and workers are integrated side-by-side on the production line.
Pro-tip for using an Amazon Echo - ask it about the meaning of life. The answer may surprise you. But questions around automation itself abound - even if they're a little bit more practical. At Innorobo, the annual robotics event in Paris, robotmakers are asking themselves what it would take for consumers to accept more robots into their lives.
When the smart lights in your home start blinking of their own accord, or your toaster starts ejecting your bread slices at an unusual pace, you might have a problem with ghosts. Or with a hacker accessing your smart home devices. The security issues surrounding ubiquitous connectivity is a big topic at the CeBit tech fair in Hannover, but one that also hits close to home.