Fiction and manufacturers of robotics have long promised that by this time our homes will float automated helpers. It seemed that 2018 would become a year when robots would make a big jump in their development, but suddenly they stopped remembering them at all. In the article, we looked at what actually happened with announced projects, why, despite the many promises, our homes still did not blame the assistant robots?
Science fiction predicted that by 2018, everyday things will be reactive worshipers, flying cars, teleportation and, of course, homemade helpers robots, which will be released by the mass of our time, taking the routine work. This was also spoken and companies such as
In particular, Mayfield Robotics last year announced the release of Kuri, a charming analogue of R2D2, which can monitor the house, make family photos, well-navigate in space and communicate with special signals.
However, in July 2018, the startup stated that he stops the production of robots, and a month later he reported on the complete termination of his activities.
The attention of many also attracted a desktop assistant Jibo, which was equipped with a screen and reminded a little alexa, but he could additionally dance and drive a video.
In November last year, the company ceased to exist. In the spring, another startup Ticktock, which was engaged in developments in this direction, also announced its closure. What happened to the year of the home robot?
One of the reasons for stopping the projects was the real benefit, or rather its absence. Since in reality, the robots could do little. Although Kuri was funny, but just rolled and participated only in several simple interactions. Jibo could tell the weather and set the alarm clock, but he constantly stood on the table top, which, in fact, made it a regular personal assistant for $ 900, while he was inferior to Alexa.
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Not only writers and screenwriters are guilty of this, but the manufacturers themselves, perpetuating false promises, showing not 50 unsuccessful doubles, in which the robot fell, and that one when he did everything perfectly. According to the head of Boston Dynamics, Mark Rieberta, the company always demonstrates only what seeks to in his developments, and not the usual behavior of devices. However, despite the contradiction arising, it is difficult to blame the developer who is trying to sell a homely robot, mounting positive videos.
Although most companies did not promise that their robots would be able to do flip back like Atlas, but the problem is that people began to expect too much from the helpers. Therefore, manufacturers need to either directly talk about what their product is really capable, or initially take into account its «features» in design. For example, in Mayfield Robotics they did so that Kuri could communicate only with the help of signals and beeps instead of a human voice so that the user understands that he did not
Not a single robot, and even more so without hands, can not be a friend and bring beer from the refrigerator. Manipulating objects remains a serious problem for them. Robotics does not have a dexterity inherent in a person, for this system should be 100% accurate, even with usual washing dishes for us. The frequency of errors is only 1% means one broken plate out of 100. It is unacceptable.
Experts believe that universal home robots will certainly appear, but this will require time and more developed technologies. First, it is necessary to develop a progressive system for the full functioning of autonomous devices, and this is not for insignificant startups.
This should engage in technological giants, such as Google, Amazon or Yandex, which have already created personal assistants who are in our pockets or on the tables. In addition, their basic activity provides access to huge data arrays that AI will use during work.
According to some reports, some large companies have already begun to move in this direction, and theoretically, the next desktop will be offered, but really a robot that can navigate in space, listen and move freely throughout the house. Although, most likely, he still will not be able to capture beer along the way, but it will be the first tangible step towards an advanced assistant.
Experts say that the next generation of robots will be able to perform simple, but enough useful tasks, such as moving toys back to the children’s room, if the owners have forgotten to remove them on time. Next, perhaps they will be able to lay shoes on the shelves, and only through the generation after that, they will take care, wash dishes and security of housing, but this will have to wait at least 10 years
The manufacturer who first will create an effective robot assistant, will be able to receive information not only about every home, but also about everything that happens in it. This will create a theoretical precedent for global control. The companies will be experts in the field of navigation and cartography, and will be able to follow everything with their devices, and then there will be huge prospects for manipulation. However, some believe that