iRobot, the people behind Roomba (you know, those robot vacuum cleaners you put your cat on in a shark suit?) just announced the new Braava jet Mopping Robot for Australia and my life is now complete.
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Do you ever wonder what tomorrow holds? Some people are pretty convinced that the future will be filled with flying cars and jetpacks and robot butlers. But here in the year 2017, I'm not so sure any more. I have a suspicion that our future might be filled with more machine gun-toting robots, like the one seen above, than robotic butlers.
The Centre for Artificial Intelligence has just been launched at The University of Technology in Sydney, where researchers will focus on both the theory and technology that will allow us to create intelligent machines with greater capacity for perception, learning and reasoning - AKA our new robot overlords.
What would you do if you were a billionaire? Elon Musk is trying to get to Mars. Peter Thiel wants to live forever. And Jeff Bezos, well, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos apparently wants to rule the world in a gigantic robot. At least that's the impression you might get from the photos and video taken yesterday.
You may remember us introducing you to an amazing little desktop robot assistant that responds to you entirely in GIFs a little while ago. Well, now there's some video of Peeqo at work, showing off what he can do.
He can play music on Spotify, give you positive affirmations, turn the lights on and off and even get angry if you go on Reddit. It's straight up adorable.
It's here – a world in which helper robots live with us, get us through the day, and yes, become our trusted friend. Science fiction is becoming science fact.
As sci-fi writer William Gibson noted: "The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed."
The demand for helper robots is booming, and academia, industry and the military are working overtime to meet the need as a whole new industry gains momentum.
Summer 2015 marked the failed American odyssey of hitchBOT, the hitchhiking humanoid built for motorists to tote from Salem, Massachusetts, to San Francisco. It got as far as Philly before being torn limb from limb. But in Canada, where people are infinitely friendlier toward roadside robots, the original hitchBOT — which did manage to thumb it cross-country — will be enshrined in a national museum.