iRobot, a company known mostly for the Roomba and the Scooba cleaning robots, is thinking beyond simple domestic devices. They’re currently thinking about the future of robots. They have a lot of ideas and concepts which include military action, elder care, and companionship.
Currently, the U.S. armed forces use iRobot’s PackBots in Iraq. The PackBots can detonate IEDs (improvised explosive devices) from remote locations. However, that’s not where it ends. iRobot is thinking of creating even more complex robots for the armed forces. If you can have a robot do what a human can do, that’s one life you’ve saved.
Robots can probably do some things even better than people when it comes to taking care of the elderly. They can remind them to take their medication or they can monitor their vital signs. With robots working in nursing homes, basic jobs could get freed up.
With that in mind, there’s always the debate that people could lose jobs due to robot replacements. Let’s hope we never have an “A.I.” or ‘iRobot” situation on our hands one day.