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Most Americans unwilling to let a robot into their home-yet

For ages, human beings day dreamt of those days when all their day to day choirs are handled by machines or robots. Filed to: ROBOTSYet it turns out that now idle daydreaming is slowly giving way to reality, people are a bit uncomfortable.

Based on a survey of 2,021 adult internet users,

  • The vast majority of people just aren’t all that excited about having a robot help out around the house.
  • Just 20 percent of people said they were interested in obtaining a cleaning robot,
  • 68 percent said they were not.
  • 17 percent said they were interested in a guard bot (67 percent uninterested) and
  • Just nine percent expressed interest in having a robotic caretaker (84 percent uninterested).

Technology Updates News – Americans unwilling to let a robot into their home-yet

This is not all that surprising; given that one of the only types of mobile household robot that has achieved widespread adoption. Roomba-style autonomous vacuum cleaners—tend to choke to death as soon as they encounter an obstacle. Better ones are in development, but it’s not clear how well they work outside of demonstration conditions.

Generally the care-taking part is going to take a bit more time for people to be comfortable with.

But the public does expect attitudes to change towards robots as they become more generally useful and move past their uncanny valley phase. 19 percent told they believed it was “very likely” that in 30 years, robots will be able to “perform most of the activities currently done by humans,” while 33 percent said it was “somewhat likely.” Just 23 percent said it was not very likely. 61 percent of people also said they were not “worried” in the long run about robots, suggesting that maybe their level of discomfort is associated with current models rather than future ones.

Automation is already displacing human labour at a concerning rate particularly in sectors like manufacturing. Other jobs that can be replaced with computers like medical records technicians to loan officers. But when it comes to the home, most people seem fine doing their own dishes for a computer

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