Time once again to check in with our eventual robot overlords and how they are evolving.
This is prompted by news that Google is hoping to sell off Boston Dynamics, the folks that are building some of the most advanced and scary robots on the planet. Seems that the latest generation have the potential for generating bad press, there are no sellable products in sight, and Google wants to walk away.
Here’s Atlas, one of the more recent human-sized Boston Dynamics creations, walking about, trying to do things, and being abused by technicians. As a commenter pointed out, there will come a time when AI-aware robots will find this video and think about it.
At the other end of the size spectrum, we have micro-robots propelled by flagellated bacteria navigating around obstacles in fluids. Microrobots can also now assemble themselves and create their own tools
Computers can be the legal drivers of cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Google likes this, as it will allow them to proceed with cars that have no human controls or intervention other than on and off. They consider humans more susceptible to errors.
Errors like this? Recent studies show that humans will trust a robot in an emergency, even after the robot is proven unreliable.
How about pizza emergencies? Domino’s, in New Zealand, is trying robotic delivery of pizza. If it gets the order wrong, we’ll order from them again (see above).
Don’t try any sudden moves, though. Cashier robots are being taught how to use knives.
Monkeys can now navigate a wheelchair with their thoughts...and a brain implant. (Hook them up to drones and the Wicked Witch can have an army of flying monkeys, that can climb walls.)
They will soon be here. New social robots are able to help the elderly stay in their homes longer.