Robots and AI: The Future of Automation in Everyday Life
Robots and artificial intelligence (AI) are getting faster and smarter than ever before. Even better, they make everyday life easier for humans. Machines have already taken over many human roles, like those of teachers, chefs, cops and even lovers. Advanced technology is also revolutionizing and automating cars, restaurants and stores.
The future is already here thanks to these insane yet exciting innovations. Check out how robots and AI are now used in everyday life.
Today, self-driving cars are on the road thanks to Tesla, Mercedes and BMW. However, these cars aren't fully automated. Driving automation breaks down into five levels. Currently, we're only at level three, in which the car’s sensors monitor the environment and control the vehicle itself.
Imagine going to class and finding out your teacher is a robot. It seems like a sci-fi movie, but in South Korea, it's a reality. Engineers created general-purpose robots to help autistic students who have difficulty communicating with other people.
Long lines at bars are frustrating and irritating. Skip the wait and hire your own bartender at home — or should we say buy one? Barsys is a smart robot bartender that can make more than 2,000 different drinks. Whoa.
Prison Guard Robots
In 2012, robot prison guards invaded South Korean jails (just kidding). However, the world's first roboguards were used in the city of Pohang. Observing behavior, the roboguards learn to recognize repeated actions and moods of prisoners. If any incidents occur, the bots alert human guards in real time.
Back to the Future said hoverboards would be available by 2015. That year, inventor Cătălin Alexandru Duru designed a hoverboard that flew 302 yards. Lexus also created its own product called SLIDE. However, those boards weren't for sale.
The robot doctor will see you now. Robots and AI have disrupted the medical industry. Some robots give medications to patients in hospitals. Wheeling down the halls and taking elevators, the robots also reach different floors on their own.
Security Guard Robots
It's like any other day. You drive to your destination and park your car in a lot with a security guard. But, unlike your average guard, this one is made of plastic and computer lines. It also looks nothing like a human.
Why are robots popping up in assisted living facilities or nursing homes? The bots actually help take care of elderly people. With the assistance of bots, the elderly can get out of bed. In fact, a Korean robot that resembles a chair can lift and carry a 220-pound human being.
People often claim that Japan is living in the year 3000. With robots as hotel staff, it's easy to believe the country really is living in the future. In fact, the Henn na Hotel Maihama Tokyo Bay has dinosaur robot receptionists. It's terrifying and mind-blowing all at the same time.
Japan is known for its hottest dinner-and-show experience: Tokyo's Robot Restaurant. But a Japanese robot cafe is a different experience from that insane diner. At the robot cafe, the servers aren't autonomous. They're remotely controlled by paralyzed people.
Sometimes, restaurants and cafes take too much time to serve food and drinks. But what if you didn't have to interact with anyone or wait for service? For some, it may be a dream come true. The restaurant industry and automation are currently colliding more than ever.
The farming industry has also met the robot and AI revolution. Working in agriculture is intense, so some places discovered how to utilize advanced technologies for farming. In Japan, duck robots plant rice and tend farms. They also feast on insects and weeds.
Compliments to the (robot) chef. The rise of advanced technology opens new opportunities for food-prep robots. One Japanese creation, SCARA, can even prepare and serve sushi. The dual-arm robot with a face efficiently puts together rice and fish and lays them on trays.
Crime-fighting robots can be effective. But, in a few cases, they can be a mistake. Police robots are used to investigate buildings and identify the exact locations of armed and dangerous criminals. Remote-controlled robots are used to check booby traps and disarm bombs. They also help assess hostage situations.
On Friday night, you order a pizza for delivery at home. Instead of a delivery person, your order arrives via a robot. Autonomous robots are changing the future of delivery. Domino’s, DoorDash and FedEx have teamed up with companies that design self-driving delivery robots.
Home robots, like Kuri, can do more than just look adorable. Designed for personal uses, a homebot acts as an assistant. The bots can track your routine, including when you shower or eat. They can also detect your face and recognize pets.
Mini Bed Cleaner
CleanseBot goes between the sheets to clean beds. Even better, the robot fits perfectly in your pocket, so you can bring it with you to hotels or Airbnbs. The portable robot is like a Roomba, but it's designed for beds.
Your new local firefighting hero might just be a robot. In 2014, the Navy unveiled a new firefighter called the "Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot" (SAFFiR). The force created SAFFiR to prevent fires on ships, especially naval ships with nuclear reactors.
In the 1970s, consumers thought the perfect pet was a pet rock because it didn't need a bath or make a mess. Today, people are falling in love with pet robots, like Sony's Aibo Robot Dog. Aibo is a cute robot that doesn't get sick or trigger allergies, making it the ideal pet.
Sometimes, people get lonely and need a friend. As artificial intelligence advances, more robots act like humans and can provide companionship. In fact, many companion robots pop up in assisted living homes. These bots know you because they constantly monitor you. They remember your likes and dislikes.
Many people know robots can arm and disarm bombs, which are extremely dangerous jobs for humans. Now, robots are stepping into more roles that are harmful to humans. For instance, there are robots hired as firefighters and police officers, as we mentioned, but they’re also taking on other "careers."
It's a shark. No, it's a mermaid. No, it's actually a robotic diver? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) states that we've only explored 5% of the ocean. Currently, deep-sea explorations are carried out by a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).
TSA Facial Recognition
Traveling can be a pain, especially when you’re getting your passport manually checked at the airport. By scanning a traveler's eye and fingertip, CLEAR has helped passengers move through security lines faster. However, airlines and government agencies want to improve security processes.
In Japan, inventors developed an affectionate companion robot made for cuddling and love. Fans found themselves emotionally attached to the adorable robot, so is it possible to also fall romantically in love with AI? Movies like Edward Scissorhands, Her and Ex_Machina say yes.
Hong Kong developed the most famous human-like robot in the world: Sophia. Activated in February 2016, Sophia made her first public appearance at Austin's South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) one month later. The robot has appeared in many high-profile interviews, such as on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Carrying or pulling items can be frustrating and difficult. But what if common items that we used could just follow us around? Travelmate may be the answer for suitcase owners. The robotic and fully autonomous suitcase follows its owners, even through crowds.
How long does it take you to fold all your laundry? Based in California, FoldiMate is a company that developed a robotic laundry-folding machine of the same name. In between two and four minutes, FoldiMate can quickly fold 20 to 40 items.
2018 was the year of automated department stores. A few Amazon Go stores opened in San Francisco and New York. The stores feature advanced shopping technology with no lines or checkouts. To enter, you log in to your Amazon account using the Amazon Go app. Then you're ready to just grab and go.
3D printing has revolutionized various industries, including medicine, housing, fashion and music. Many companies work with AI-powered robots to 3D print massive objects for everyday life. For instance, a robot created the world's first 3D-printed steel bridge in the Netherlands.
Constant surveillance sounds like something out of science fiction — specifically "Big Brother" from the book 1984. However, AI is making advanced mass monitoring more of a reality. In fact, AI is automated to detect more than facial recognition in videos.