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The time to get ready for robots in our homes is now

We should make every effort to ensure that we can accept and coexist peacefully with robots when they eventually arrive, according to Wesley Diphoko. IOL was the first publisher of this article.

As a society, we have known that robotic systems could very well perform a role in our lives in the distant future. Latest advances in the field of robotic systems have brought coexistence with robots closer than previously believed.

Instead of releasing another mobile device in August, the Chinese technology company Xiaomi introduced CyberOne, a walking humanoid robot.

The 177cm tall, 52kg humanoid robot has 21 degrees of freedom, a curved display, and 21 degrees of freedom. Humanoid robots created digitally must process their environs visually.

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An AI communication algorithm, and a depth vision module enable CyberOne to perceive 3D space, recognize people, expressions, and facial expressions, and interact with its surroundings.

CyberOne, according to its creators, can detect happiness and can even offer consolation to a sad user. Supposedly, CyberOne’s processing units, which are connected to its curved screen module, contain all of these functions.

In September, rather than a new car, Elon Musk unveiled Optimus, a humanoid robot with the ability to wave, hold objects, and walk.

Musk claims that the Tesla Bot would have “human-level hands,” “Autopilot cameras” for eyes, and a “autonomous computer” for a brain. Also, it would be “friendly.”

The robot would be 5’8″ tall, weigh 125 pounds (about 57 kilograms), and be capable of transporting up to 45 pounds.

These two robots are the most recent in a long queue of robots designed to perform specific tasks. Sophia, a robot that long predates these and was considered an AI ambassador, preceded them.

The creator of Optimus intends to build 1000s of these robots, which sets him apart from many other humanoid robots.

He desires that they become more involved in our everyday lives. He predicted that potential future applications may include food preparation, gardening, and even factory work.

As the washing machine freed up time for further productive labor, so too will robots allow more time for even more productive labor.

Musk claims that production could commence as slightly earlier as next year. He anticipates that the robotic systems will be available for less than roughly R360 000.

This robot is a component of Tesla vehicles’ self-driving technology. In other words, this robot can be commanded about where to go and what to do, and it will carry out those instructions autonomously.

If Musk delivers on his promise, this robot will transform the industry. There is currently no reason to doubt Tesla’s ability to meet this deadline.

Musk now describes the robot as “the most significant product development.”

Musk’s top priority is Optimus. His company is working overtime to fill open positions in order to meet the deadline. Musk has even instructed the company’s Autopilot team to shift their focus to Optimus to meet the current deadline.

If Optimus materializes, it is possible that robots will be available for purchase in the same manner as automobiles within the next five years. Such a robot will collaborate with us and perform tasks on our behalf. The robot could offer to perform labor on our behalf in exchange for compensation.

How should we prepare for the imminent arrival of this new species of machine-enabled beings now that we are aware of their imminence?

Now is the time to prepare for robots in our homes, workplaces, public spaces, and stores.

Rather than waiting until robots are among us to implement governance measures, we must do so immediately.

We must now consider both the negative and positive effects that robots’ presence will have.

To ensure that we will be able to accept and coexist peacefully with robots when they arrive, we must take every precaution.

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