Believe it or not, the most basic forms of robots have already found their ways into our lives! A good example of such robots is Roomba, iRobot vacuum cleaner, which automatically cleans homes of millions of common people who own one of these robots.
In the next decade, we’ll see the robots’ impacts will exponentially increase in our lives and they will seamlessly become part of our everyday lives. Although that seems kind of scary, my bet is that, like all other new technologies, the net benefits of robots will overweight the downside. Below are a few ways that I can envision robots will find their ways into our homes:
1) Substitute the on-demand workers in the sharing economy: As you may know, Uber has heavily invested in the self-driving cars and poached 40 of the top robotic talents & scientists from one of the most credible robotics research institutes, Carnegie Mellon University. From the Uber’s recent moves, it’s clear that the company is committed to swap its drivers with robots in the near future.
It’s not hard to imagine that robots will find their way into many sharing economy companies that their service providers have a very routine tasks. Think of Instacartshoppers, Alfred, and Washio Ninjas as a potential candidates. As long as we can get the walking and fully functional robots that could be programed for chores, they could be provided with the addresses, orders, and tasks and sent out to do their jobs. It’s important to note that getting to a point that we have fully functional and independent robots it’s not a trivial process. However, the exciting news is that with all the researches, developments, and investments in the robotics we are getting closer to this.
2) Robots will be integrated into the IoT at homes: Think Roomba meets Nest becomes a reality! Scientists from MIT Media Labs, to industry pioneers (iRobots Founders) and behemoth tech companies such as Apple and Google are working hard and spending millions of dollars to make this wild dream a reality.
With the expansion of IoT and connected home devices as well as advancement of robots, it’s promising to have a Robot Maid in the next decade. Imagine you can program your robot to cook and serve your favorite meals every night when you get home. Through IoT technology, you may be able to control your Robot Maid from the office and program him to turn on your washing machine before you are home. Who doesn’t want one of those robots?! So you can imagine that consumer demand for such robots will be really high. At this point technological limitations are the main holdback, and eventually pricing could be an initial hurdle. However, overtime you can imagine that many people could have a Robot Maid.
3) Robots with emotions could become our companion and maybe even our partner one day: Imagine a world that those of us who don’t find our perfect match (partner) in the world can order a custom-made one online that will be delivered to our homes within a few weeks! How powerful, cool, and convenient is that!?
Ok, we may not be there yet, but we are surely moving towards that direction. Jiboor Neo are the first steps towards social robots with emotions and human-like personalities. Overtime, we will see more robots who can imitate human behaviors, show us emotions, and thoughtfully react to our needs. They can carry conversations with us just like a friend or partner and can show us love and emotions.
Although all the scenarios mentioned above required a lot of work and technological advancement to become a reality, I’m optimistic and can see these happening in the coming decade.
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