At the British Science Festival a few days ago "Boris" showed up. Boris is a new robot that took five years to develop. The robot sees objects with depth sensors and in about 10 seconds it calculates up to a thousand possible ways to grasp a novel object with its five robotic fingers and then plans a path of arm movements to reach its target and avoiding obstructions. Jeremy Wyatt, of the School of Computer Science, explains that "Its not been programmed to pick it up - its been programmed to learn to pick it up."
And what do they plan for the robot to do?
By this time next year "Boris" will be able to load a dishwasher.
One more low-skill, minimum-wage job that, if the price of labor gets too high, can be taken over by a relative cheap machine.....
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