Everyone loves robots. Right?
Swiss engineering giant ABB recently demonstrated YuMi, a fixed robot designed to appear humanoid. It doesn’t walk or move about.
At a recent Salesforce conference in London in a demonstration designed to show how cuddly and friendly YuMi was, the young woman (pictured above) standing next to the machine made an instinctive involuntary flinch when the machine’s arm suddenly moved its arm. The woman recovered well and continued with the demo however it was a small but noticeable reaction.
Robots that mimic humans accurately remain on the drawing board or in the imagination of silver screen script writers – no Ex-Machina AI or I,Robot machines are roaming the streets yet. At least as far as we know.
Recent surveys claimed 25% of respondents feared losing their jobs to robots in the next ten years. There is clearly some hysteria in play here.