All those times you’ve rhetorically questioned why a robot can’t just do your dishes may soon yield an answer.
As in, there’s no reason why a robot can’t.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and future president of life on Mars, has launched a robotics firm, Open AI, that builds ‘domestic robots’ that can perform basic household chores.
There’s actually very little work to be done; Musk plans to simply re-jig current technology so it can be more maid-like. Something along the lines of switching up a few wires in your Roomba so it can dust your bookshelf after it’s done vacuuming your apartment.
“There are existing techniques for specific tasks, but we believe that learning algorithms can eventually be made reliable enough to create a general-purpose robot,” Open AI says in a blog post.
Musk’s goal is simple: to broaden access to AI technology, which is currently kept behind closed doors in robotics labs around the world.
“We believe AI should be an extension of individual human wills and, in the spirit of liberty, as broadly and evenly distributed as is possible safely,” said the company during its launch.
The first step is to build a robot that can respond to more complex oral commands. While existing robots can understand commands and instructions, there’s an element of intelligence missing that would allow them to be “able to ask for clarification and figure out if what’s being asked of it practical, safe, and non-ambiguous.”
Now, if these robots would sass us for telling them to clean the toilet – that’s technology gone too far.