August 10, 2020

Robots everywhere: Army of single-purpose ‘bots get household chores done.

Science fiction has given us a picture of our future live where robots will do all our daily tasks. Just like Rosie the maid on The Jetsons to C-3PO in the Star Wars films, we’ve all been dreaming of that fine day when we will be surrounded by  all manner of cyborg butlers and servants who will do every possible kind of work for us.

Unfortunately,  the age of the one-size-fits-all robot servant has still not arrived. We have a smaller army of single-purpose robotic aids who can perform all sorts of specified tasks. But the problem is those tasks that it can perform are very basic. Be the the daily household task, today’s robot simply can’t manage that.

These household task look simple and easy for us. But for robots it requires many minute skills like spatial reasoning and fine motor control, which needs extremely advanced programming.

 We  have robotic vacuums, mops, mowers, window cleaners, sanitizers, and many more, but they have still not reached the heights of movie robots instead we have multiple robots that serve specific purposes. As AI is advancing these individual robots can be programmed to work together. Using voice assistants like Alexa, one can now control the individual robots through one robot, creating a single point for guiding the tiny army of individual robots.