Would you trust a robot to do these three everyday tasks?

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Posted on: 04 December 2018 by Morgan Franklin

Robots, whether endowed with artificial intelligence or not, are set to become a very familiar sight in the coming generations.

 

Robots, whether endowed with artificial intelligence or not, are set to become a very familiar sight in the coming generations. The advantages as far as business and labour costs are staggering when you consider that, after maintenance, a robot programmed for a specific task will never ring in sick or need a lunch break or pay. While there are implications for lower level employment, which might find itself replaced very much by robots, the production values in regards to a business will be too beneficial to ignore. Naturally, there is a worry surrounding AI and the introduction of robots into everyday life. There are some that say AI might take over everyday life entirely, a fear that has been drummed into us by science fiction. Others are more concerned that they cannot trust robots; a survey of 1998 Brits revealed that 54% would trust a human over a robot. Perhaps after being bombarded by recorded spam and automated phone services, the charm of an inanimate voice has worn thin for the general public. However, until AI is perfected to the point where robots can form their own opinions and agendas, a robot would almost certainly be more trustworthy than a human. Humans lie everyday. A robot either knows or doesn’t. Referencing a recent survey mentioned above, this post will highlight three everyday tasks that robots could perform, and whether or not the consensus trusts them to do so.

 

  1. Manage Money - the fifth most likely thing we are willing to accept a robotic part in is managing our money. I find it interesting that while 11% of the survey are happy to let a robot manage their finances and essentially livelihood, only 7% would let a robot apply make-up. Maybe it’s not too foreign a concept? After all, most of our banking these days is done online through various devices and many people invest money through apps for stockbrokers to invest for them - the only difference would be that the robot wouldn’t take a cut (although the people who supplied you with it probably would).

  2. Drive/Be a Friend - with 13% of the survey in agreement with both these robotic applications, it seems that self-driving cars with an AI voice to keep you company might be the item of the future. Imagine a long drive and an AI system which is speaking to you and will be able to tell if you were to fall asleep and potentially save your life. Already, in singapore they are experimenting with driverless models and are improving each year. If you consider that inanimate sex dolls are a growing business, you would also imagine that an AI companion would be quickly employed by the sex industry.

  3. Household Chores - lastly, with 40% of people in support, robots could be used to keep your house clean and perform simple tasks such as washing, hoovering and even cooking (who only 17% of people trust robots with this). I think, in our fast paced, busy society, the idea of having a maid to follow us around and pick up after us sounds like a dream come true. If you look at the Roomba, a small cleaning device that makes its way around your floor, there is certainly a gap in the market for something more advanced.

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