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Would you use robot help around the home?

Most UK adults believe there will be a robot in every home within the next 50 years, new research suggests.

A report commissioned by artificial intelligence and robotics company Anki claims that 60% of the UK public believe robots will be deployed as helpers around the house in decades to come.

Entitled The Good Robot, the report suggests many people would use a robot to carry out household tasks such as washing up and tidying but also identified companionship as a positive feature of such devices.

On the subject of interacting with the devices, 16% said they would want a robot to keep them company, with 13% using one to offer companionship to a pet, child or elderly relative.

(Anki)

Anki’s AI-powered companion robot, Vector

The rise of virtual assistants built into smartphones, as well as into smart speakers used to control internet-connected appliances around the home, shows many people are already becoming accustomed to interacting with AI and robotics technology, the report says.

Figures suggest ownership of AI-powered smart speakers in the UK has doubled in the last year.

However, the report also highlights lingering concerns around the rise of the technology, with 36% of those surveyed saying they fear such robots could be hacked and turned against humans.

Thirty-one percent said they were worried that robots could cost them their job.

Futurist and The Envisioners chief executive Dave Coplin, who wrote the report, said: “Despite movies painting a picture of robots as villains, a huge proportion of Brits are open to embracing a life with robots, and are not only looking for utility but also for companionship.

“This report has revealed the numerous benefits that robots can offer us, from helping us with everyday tasks to allowing us to spend more of our time doing the things we love.

“I for one welcome the robots into our lives, not as our overlords or our slaves, but as our companions, working not in competition but in partnership, combining the best of both worlds to create a better future for all of us.

“The rise of the machines may well have already started but it is entirely down to us humans to decide whether this story ends in a Hollywood cliche or the emancipation of the human race.”

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Bvpi157
2 days ago
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This is inevitable. I first starting working on automation 18 years ago and the pace is definitely picking up. The degree to which our lives are already impacted by robotics and big data is probably greater than most people realise. Recent political events will act as a spur for further and faster automation.
BaW
3 days ago
1
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Definitely to do housework, and if the Japanese perfect it, I would be happy to have a robot as a carer rather than asking my family to do it!
Alicia
2nd Dec 2018
0
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No I would prefer a qualified human being.
MrsPat
30th Nov 2018
3
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I already have... one-my old man but he doesn't work. I think I will need to open his head and delve about with a screwdriver but I don't think his circuits are working properly. Joking aside he has had one of those lawnmower robots for a few years. We leave it and it goes all over the lawn and mows it. Means hubbie does even less exercise than he normally does.
Bonkersbaz
29th Nov 2018
1
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Who would wifey have to moan to?
viking
29th Nov 2018
0
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About eight years ago had a robot vacuum cleaner [ not sure if they were available in this country} which worked OK, but the battery needed charging up after it had done the business in each room.
So mixed feelings about the dependability of robotic bits and pieces.
Wilf
28th Nov 2018
2
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Yes of course! I am tired of being the personal slave to my family. the robot could do a wide variety of jobs including-wash the car, dishes, clean the house, do the gardening, make all meals to top chefs ability, take the dogs out for a walk, do any work I needed to do. Turn on the TV, turn it off....mmmm then what would I do? Well enjoy life a bit-read, walk, play golf, ride and generally have a more relaxing time-sounds good. Can I buy on on Amazon?
Yodama
28th Nov 2018
5
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I would love a friendly robot to do my chores, take care of the drudgery and giving me time to do what I really want to do.....very helpful!
Having watched I Robot, the film taken from the book by Isaac Asimov when the robots ignore the 3 rules and go Ninja on the human race, there would be some trepidation.
I would be watching its behaviour like a hawk.
Undue smashing of dishes or if it was trying on my dresses would have me returning it post-haste.
Lionel
28th Nov 2018
5
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If I caught it waring one of my dresses there's be all hell on. Cross dressing is one thing but sharing ... nah!
Yodama
29th Nov 2018
2
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What if it is a female robot with a certain Je ne sais quoi?
Very hurtful to not share Lionel. Nobody is asking you to share your lacy things or high heels after all.
Hmmm...... ( thinks) do robots teeter in high heels?
I think it may be androgynous anyway, a true cross dresser.

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