Ever since the earliest robotics researches in the 1960s, there has been tremendous advancements in making use of artificial intelligence. Robots has been constantly evolving from being mechanical to humanoids. Notwithstanding the complexity of metamorphosizing an inanimate mechanism to a human mimicking machine, technology has made it possible for robots to be more than just mechanical. Enduring efforts to revamp automation of the earliest robots, led to the emergence of cost effective and efficient solutions. According to several robotics developers, humanoid robots are designed to competently provide professional services in several range of applications.
Mimicking humans used to be a cherished dream in the sphere of technology, but now it is just at our door step. Humanoid robots are soon expected to be everywhere among us. Nowadays, it has become a mainstream tech agenda to commercialize humanoid robots. Tech companies are showcasing their personal assistance robots that are designed to carry out chores. Just very recently, the tech billionaire Elon Musk publicized his intentions to introduce a general-purpose robotic humanoid called Tesla Bot that execute “unsafe, repetitive, and boring” errands. Similarly, the tech giant Agility Robotics revealed that they are on the verge of launching a service humanoid robot called DIGIT that is distinctively programmed to perform delivery services with high level efficiency. DIGIT is also integrated with an automated setup that allows it to work in human spaces along with human co-workers. Such progresses in the tech industry could bring about a less routine live for some, while it may shade a threat to several others. Humanoid robots these days are designed and crafted with a realistic appearance and built-in personality programs.
Several tech experts contemplated that it wouldn’t be so far for robots to offer emotional support and encouragement for humans. As humans are drifting away from their emotional intelligence and norms, it is becoming more and more burdensome to have a human-to-human attachment. With their remarkable capacity of storing moments and memories, robots can help to fill this gap and provide unprecedented bonding experiences for humans. In 2020, Hanson Robotics reported that humans have a positive response when they interact with the humanoid robot called Sophia. They also revealed how humans have memorable emotional bonding when they engage with their other AI-robots.
The teaching and training sector is also in the spot light of the tech corporations. Humanoid robots are being introduced for children with special needs and autism as teachers and companions. According to many developers’ report, children are extremely excited about their robot educator. The international research project L2TOR published a report on how their pilot project of language educator humanoid robots accelerated the performance of children in their language learning.
These trends on the inclination of several sectors to make use of robots in their work spaces, is becoming an alarming concern for humans. The versatile assistance that can be provided by these machines incorporated with their ever-increasing advancement in their capabilities can be used as a replacement of humans in the job market. Yet, tech companies are promising a better future with robots walking among us, offering the best kind of companionship and service for humans. Are they really a threat to humans, or a life long companion? Only time will tell.