We've all seen the sci-fi movies where robots come to life and come after their human overlords. They can be a little intimidating, but no need to call in Will Smith's character from I, Robot. Modern bots aren't looking to scare you - they're looking to help make life a little easier, in every aspect of our lives. Still need some convincing? Let Kristina Guerrero show you the three aspects of your life that robots are looking to serve to your benefit, from work life, to home, and even at school.
1. At Work
Some of us might be concerned that robots will soon be taking over our offices, but don't worry! With new tweaks and upgrades, robots like Handle, by Boston Dynamics, can do more for us at work, like helping move big stuff that might require 2-3 people or even make speedy deliveries around the office, so us humans can keep doing the real work.
2. At Home
The Jetsons had the right idea when it came to help around the house. Research estimates that 1 in 10 of us will have a robot helping out at home in just a few years, and it'll be more high tech than your old school Roomba. Check out Sophia, the robo-helper by Hanson Robotics that was made for human contact and can hold a conversation with you about a crazy amount of topics. Sure, she's a little...different looking...but her 62 facial expressions and ability to answer questions can help her connect with other people, which is helpful for using her to be a companion and teacher for children and adults alike in the future.
3. At School
Class is in session and robotics is helping take learning to the next level. From helping teachers educate students remotely with things like The Double Robot to creating smart robots like Professor Einstein, who puts a fun twist on learning science with silly facial expressions, jokes, and smarts; but can also chit chat about the weather, current events, and anything in between. By the way, if Professor E. looks like a robot you might want to take home, you can pre-order him on Kickstarter!
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