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posted by hubie on Monday March 20 2023, @05:39AM   Printer-friendly
from the I-dated-a-robot dept.

Human-shaped robots with dexterous hands will be staffing warehouses and retail stores, tending to the elderly and performing household chores within a decade or so, according to a Silicon Valley startup working toward that vision:

Demographic trends — such as a persistent labor shortage and the growing elder care crisis — make fully-functioning, AI-driven humanoid robots look tantalizingly appealing.

Companies such as Amazon are reportedly worried about running out of warehouse workers, whose jobs are physically and mentally demanding with high attrition.

A heavy-hitting startup called Figure, which just emerged from stealth mode, is building a prototype of a humanoid robot that the company says will eventually be able to walk, climb stairs, open doors, use tools and lift boxes — perhaps even make dinner.

[...] It will take decades for humanoid robots to be able to replicate the sophisticated things our bodies can do, but visionaries are hard at work trying to make it happen.

Previously: Elon Musk Reveals Plans to Unleash a Humanoid Tesla Bot

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 20 2023, @06:49AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 20 2023, @06:49AM (#1297128)

    > Human-shaped robots with dexterous hands will be staffing ...
    ... the needs of robo-sexuals? the robo-bordello? If it has two working hands and can take care of old people, manage stores and pack boxes it will be able to fulfill whatever weird sex fantasy you have. If weirdos pay massive amount of money for dumb sexdolls just imagine what they'll pay for one that jerks them off on command.

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  • (Score: 5, Funny) by hopdevil on Monday March 20 2023, @07:20AM

    by hopdevil (3356) on Monday March 20 2023, @07:20AM (#1297132)

    Obligatory Futurama reference: []