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Ivan Kirigin's views on Robotics & Culture: future. perfect. progress.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

HomeBots, CareBots, JoyBots: GoBots!

USATODAY.com - Domestic bliss through mechanical marvels?:: Divides the fields of service robots into neat little categories. Most of the projections into the future seem plausible, though the specifics are light.

Articles like these are interesting because this is the mode of news for most potential consumers of robotic products. Building an image of helper bots, rather than killer bots from Hollywood, is very positive. Of course, it isn't good to be overly optimistic, as people might not be interested in a technology after initial failures.

Who in their right mind would invest in a company about to make breakthroughs in A.I., given the multiple busts in predictions?
A company doing helper robots, machine learning for drug discovery, intelligent video games, or automated phone systems, well, those are different stories.

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