In which moment did we arrive to that life we used to make fun on The Jetsons? The family of the future has become into the almost present one. CES 2017 dedicated a considerable space to robotic gadgets and innovations, and this year showed, that in a near future, we will be able to have a Robotina in our kitchens serving pina coladas.
Despite the fact that we are in the middle of disputes about whether technologies are separating us from our humanity, or if we are approaching an easier and interconnected world, what is undeniable is that Robots have a horrible reputation.
It gets back to those old cartoons, most of the futuristic movies and fictional books, with fake arguments, have given robots a bad reputation. Next, I summarize 3 common taught myths about robots:
- Robots will eliminate jobs: In fact, they will increase jobs in the fields of engineering, design and manufacturing. As more processes are automated with robotics, humans will have the freedom to do other work instead of repetitive boring tasks that spend much more of our time. Sounds good, right?
- Robots will learn to destroy humanity: While they are programmed to learn actions and must be trained for specific tasks, they are still machines. However robotic intelligence has limits, since they are not sentient beings. They won’t ever realize that they could rule the world, but perhaps your cat actually will?
- Robots are difficult to use: Most of us already have one in our pockets. We do not think of Siri or Cortana, the virtual assistants on our phones, just as the types of robots we see portrayed in the movies, but their functionality is representative of robotics. With the push of a button or even our voices, robots can give us help and answers to questions.
As Out of a Pixar Movie: They have given us Kuri
That being said, as a robotic fan, I will try to boost and promote their good side. I’m quite happy to be part of a future that is about to meet what looks like the tender, friendly and happiest robot from a magical Disney production: Kuri.
In an effort to clean the terrible reputation given to those gadgets, the preview given at the last CES demonstrated a robot that was described in three words; ‘serious, curious and humble’ and that in no way can or will get ‘angry, upset, or resentful’.
Kuri is a new intelligent robot option for the home that can become the ideal companion of the inhabitants of the same house due to its useful functions. All simple lines and curves, with the added bonus of cheerful sounds and bloops in a robot language, Kuri is exactly the opposite of the vaguely apocalyptic implications that the singular talk usually brings.
Kuri is an adorable robot wants to be your friend, not your master. Did I say friend? Wait, here comes the irony: are we now once again isolating ourselves from human contact all for the sake of convenience? Will we be probably sorry? That’s another subject of wander.