6 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Transform the Warehouse

Artificial intelligence (AI) has, in some ways, is a solution looking for a problem. However, a variety of markets and applications are starting to emerge, and it’s likely that AI will help electronics OEMs make real strides, especially in the warehouse.

“Artificial intelligence technologies are being deployed for an increasing variety of use cases across consumer, enterprise, and government markets around the world,” market research firm Tractica said in a recent report. “AI is an umbrella term that includes multiple technologies, such as machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, natural language processing (NLP), machine reasoning, and strong AI.”

By many accounts, AI sales will grow at an astonishing rate in the next few years. In fact, the total AI market is expected to be worth $416.06 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 62.9% from 2016 to 2022, according to research by MarketsandMarkets.  Grand View Research, meanwhile is slightly more conservative, estimated that the global AI market will reach $35.87 billion by 2025 from its direct revenue sources, growing at a CAGR of 57.2% from 2017 to 2025, and $58.97 billion by 2025 from its enabled revenue arenas. That’s still a large market. 

The repetitive and intensive tasks in the typical warehouse make it a solid opportunity to use AI to good advantage. “Consider the work of retrieving items in a warehouse, where companies have relied on people’s ability to navigate crowded spaces and avoid moving obstacles,” said an Accenture report titled Why Artificial Intelligence Is the Future Of Growth. “Now, robots from Fetch Robotics use lasers and 3D depth-sensors to navigate safely and work alongside warehouse workers. Used in tandem with people, the robots can handle the vast majority of items in a typical warehouse.”

However, that’s just the most obvious use for AI in the warehouse. The slideshow below, made from images from Vero Systems, outlines some other possibilities. Click on the image to review the myriad of opportunities for using these emerging technologies in a typical warehouse environment. 

Where do you see the most promise? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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21 comments on “6 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Transform the Warehouse

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    September 12, 2017

    AI facsinates me, but I can't help to think at what cost? If technology is used as a tool to assist others and make things convient then great. But look what “convience” has done for us. I see kids glued to phones and computers, where now convience has become priority. I love the idea of AI, I can only hope that it doesn't take over my job doing web design.

  2. pauljackson
    September 12, 2017

    I might agree with you that from the flipside of the coin, there are some upsetting effects of the technologies. People became dumber with the gadgets, as they do almost all the work in some industries.

    The AI technologies are the next huge step in our development. But there still something that will not be simulated or replaced anyway, the things designed by the creativity. I'm sure that no AI will draw something as inspiring as Mona Lisa, or build Louvre, or write the “War and Peace”. As I work often for educational resources there are companies that provide some essay services, kind of work for freelancers offering their writings to the college students. And for sure in that business model, no AI  will replace those guys.

  3. iarbaverde
    September 15, 2017

    Future is one the leading distributors of top-tier optical technology solutions and we have been impressed by their field organization and commitment to customer service. We look forward to working with them in the future.

  4. IG
    September 15, 2017

    The AI will be something that it will not be easily stopped as seen from many factors world wide.

  5. tommynewman
    September 17, 2017

    These Artificial intelligence is causing more and more people to lose their jobs for machines. Creators of these robots and business owners most benefit from IA. Other than that we will see a concentration of wealth on their hands and more people going jobless.

    Of course there are some jobs that can't be replaced by IA but it's really a disturbing phenomena.

    I work as a chauffeur, doing limo transportation from Seatac but I'm afraid my limo will be driven by a software or a robot one day 

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    September 20, 2017

    let's hope it wont come to that else we will be losing our jobs. This world is going into the wrong direction with the AI.

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