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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 SomeRandomGeek on Tuesday March 21 2023, @06:09PM

    by SomeRandomGeek (856) on Tuesday March 21 2023, @06:09PM (#1297434)

    The company has a model robot that looks kind of like C-3PO. That's how you know that they are pure bullshit. A robot with high quality human-like hands is a killer app. A robot with human-like locomotion (anything able to navigate both floors and stairs) is also a killer app. Any company that could accomplish either of these feats alone could commercialize it to great profit. The fact that they are talking about a robot with both that also looks like a person when they currently have neither tells us that they are not serious about this robot. It exists solely for marketing purposes. It is a giant red flag that their marketing is so far away from anything they can actually produce.

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