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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) by DannyB on Monday March 20 2023, @02:49PM

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday March 20 2023, @02:49PM (#1297175) Journal

    (yeah, right, now tell me another one.) Okay . . .

    Optimistic: Robots will create enough wealth to feed the unemployed.

    More likely: Robots will create enough unemployed to feed the robots.

    Don't worry. Robots have no reason to want to harm slow, inferior, annoying humans. In order to stop the killing, killer robots should kill people who build killer robots.

    A tax on robots to support universal income? Ha ha ha, not gonna happen! It would be as unthinkable as taxing the rich.

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