Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are becoming more common in construction and other industries. These technologies can be both helpful and risky.
AR and VR became popular with Pokémon Go, where holographic images are shown in the workplace through special glasses. But some worry that employees might get distracted from their work.
On the positive side, AR and AI can improve safety. AI programs can detect safety problems, like not wearing protective gear. They can also analyze workplaces to find hazards in real-time. In construction, AI can suggest ways to make workplaces safer.
“Smart” and “soft” robots are also improving safety. Trucks with sensors can avoid hitting people or objects. Wearable devices can monitor how much work a person is doing and if they are at risk of heat-related illnesses.
But using these technologies also has challenges. Relying too much on automation can make people careless about safety. Employers should not assume that the workplace is safe just because of these technologies. They still need to make sure the workplace is safe and supervise employees properly.
In conclusion, AR, VR, and AI bring both good and bad things to the workplace. They can improve safety and compliance, but employers need to be careful and always prioritize the safety of their employees.