Robot News #2 – Robots in the Home, EMIEW Updated and Another AI Assistant

There have been several robot and related articles lately. These are some I found interesting.

A Robot in Half of US Homes

Futurist Zoltan Istavan claims in “Zoltan Istvan: ‘Half of Americans Will Probably Have a Robot in Their House’ Within 5 Years” that many homes will soon have robots. He also goes on to say that due to job loss to robots, there will be some kinds of Universal Basic Income. He predicts that robots in the $1000-2000 range will be widely available and in many homes within the next few years.

To me his claims seem to be a little early for this kind of a technological and social change. I guess we will just have to see what the world is like in 2021. Istavan goes on to predict many other tech changes in his article.

Hitachi EMIEW3

The new EMIEW3 (that acronym for Excellent Mobility and Interactive Existence as Workmate) looks nearly identical to the EMIEW2, so what has changed? The wheeled feet are different with rollerblade like wheels. In addition the grippers and chest design have also changed. This is not a large robot – 35.5 inches (90 cm) tall and weighing about  33 pounds (15 kg). The robot is capable of performing image and voice processing, but only when connected to an external system by Wi-Fi.

The robot can autonomously navigate around buildings using specially designed maps. This third generation has been enhanced to further allow it to interact with humans and provide customer support.

It looks more like a novelty at this point to me than a robot that is going to make significant on the workplace. Multilingual capability would be of use in those areas, such as tourist attractions, where visitors were seeking assistance.

More AI and Robots in Our Future

Dennis Mortensen is one of the men involved the flurry of deals and mergers in the AI industry. His company is also the creator of Amy Ingram (currently in Beta), an AI based personal assistant.

The purpose of the software base assistant to to handle meetings. It can simply be copied on email exchanges and “Amy” will find the best time for all involved and set up the meeting. As they say on the web site: “Your AI powered personal assistant for scheduling meetings. You interact with me as you would to any other person – and I’ll do all the 
tedious email ping pong that comes along with scheduling a meeting.No sign-in, no password, no download, all you do is
 copy on your email.

Since the product is still in Beta, users can sign up for free. I don’t have many meetings these days but I am going to sign up for one of the free Beta accounts and see how it works.

This isn’t exactly having C3-PO available, but it is a step towards smarted software.



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