Cobalt Electronics Requires Analytical Thinking for New Robotics Role

August 20, 2019
Author: Tyran Saffold Jr

Human Intervention in Robotics

Cobalt Robotics has been engineering robotic security guards for several years now. Each robot is equipped with multiple sensors and cameras with 360-degree views that can detect something as small as a soda spill, to something as large as an intruder or a fire.

Even with this invention, there are still a few kinks. These robotic security guards lack the analytical skills to always make the right assessment. As a result, there is still demand for human decision making to be intertwined with robotics-related jobs. Technically coined as a "robot specialist," human employees provide a skillset that the robots don’t possess — the ability to make analytical decisions.

Analytical Thinking

A New Role Based on a Critical Soft Skill

The new role of robot specialist has been around since 2017 when Cobalt began selling the robots into tech companies and hospitals. According to Cobalt, strong analytical skills, fostered by active learning, are what will help these new employees make the right choices. These soft skills allow this invention to thrive.

"They have to understand the attention to detail and the importance of privacy," says Betty Liu, Cobalt's Head of People Operations. Strong ethics, time management, self-confidence and problem-solving are just a few of the soft skills needed to fill new positions that advances in technology will create.

According to Liu, the first principle of analytical thinking is, “think it through.” That idea relates to paying close attention and thinking deeply about new information. The second, “make and use associations,” focuses on techniques for organizing, storing and retrieving information. Analytical thinking typically draws on combinations of these principles and will become vital instruments to job success in the near future.

The Future of Robotic Thinking

The future of robotics is an ocean of opportunity for firms and human workers. Until advanced robotics ubiquitously possess the ability solve complex problems without intervention, there will be an increasing need to acquire employees with the ability to think analytically.

Hiring managers and Human Resource teams should specifically ask interview questions that can assess analytical thinking skills alongside technical ability.

Assessing Analytical Thinking Before Hiring

Although some disagree with this tactic, IBM is notorious for examining analytical thinking skills with brain-teaser questions during tough interviews. Along with other notable tech firms, IBM asks candidates in technical roles questions like, “How would you test a calculator?” and “How many golf balls are there in Florida?” While Google has gone away from using these types of questions, many firms still believe in their ability to assess a candidate's cognitive ability – especially under pressure.

With analytical thinking skills becoming increasingly important in the tech field, candidates with advanced technical skills, in combination with analytical thinking, could be considered unicorns in the evolving workforce.

As automation, robotics and A.I. create new jobs in the workforce, workers with analytical thinking skills will be the ones voted "most likely to succeed" when the employee rosters are filled.