Could robots be key to the repair of desktops and laptops in the future? The short answer is that most computer problems are software in nature, and increasingly intelligent software programs will be able to diagnose and repair these problems. Hardware might include some robotic components, but the robot will likely still be operated by a human being.
Human Intelligence Weighed Against Artificial
A human expert is vastly more intelligent than any automated tool and will still be depended upon to monitor any robots. Computer construction is highly automated, simply because fine processors must be built in sterile conditions. Human hands cannot connect transistors as small as those used in microchips and even the motherboard. Robots are limited in that they follow fixed patterns. A fried motherboard requires analysis, and robots are currently incapable of analyzing random short circuit damage.
People operating robots are most commonly seen in factories. Individual metal parts are welded together in a stage called sub-assembly. Robots can weld, sand, drill, screw bolts, and apply transistors. An optic camera and software able to detect specific defects is needed for diagnosis. Robots are currently able to detect rust and other discoloration. Humans still do the thinking and make repair decisions. It will be a long time before robots can replace your local computer repair company in Bath entirely with artificial intelligence.
The Future Desktop Will Be Compact
A fiber optic camera can be inserted into a desktop before opening it. This can prevent additional damage to components. Not many cameras on a cable are able to flex themselves, but we can dream of them being able to do so in the future. Robotic technology might advance to the point that robotic tubes could fit around a fiber optic camera. In this case, the flaccid cable can snake its way around a complex maze of wires and fine components.
On the other hand, the desktop of the future will likely resemble a laptop in its motherboard layout. Most wires in a laptop are hardwired and cannot be removed. Only a few parts can be replaced by a shop technician; these are the processor, the RAM, the DVD player, and the hard drive. The replaceable parts on a futuristic desktop will similarly be compact, although there will be more options. The entire point of a desktop is that it has many slots and space for upgrades. For computers, the future of robots will continue to be in the manufacturing process, with the end user installing the parts.