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The Family Robot Hypothesis


We may still be some way from having lifelike humanoid robot helpers, but there is no doubt robots are getting more helpful, friendly and domesticated.

For many people, the word robot, may envision something like the Terminator or Wall-E.  But robots are no longer just out of sci-fi movies or children’s toys. There is a new class of robots meant to engage with humans in everyday activities and eventually be considered part of the family.

Social robots usually defined as AI systems with a physical embodiment that interact and naturally communicate with humans and learn from their environments are mostly being used to entertain kids, help elderly people, and monitor the house. Models like Kuri, Jibo, and Pepper are not new, but they have become more popular recently in countries like Japan, Korea, and the U.S., in part because they are becoming more affordable.

Regardless of how friendly or disturbing their countenance, robots have the potential for behaving in unexpected ways, particularly as they develop the ability to learn through innovations called deep learning and reinforced learning.

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Amir Arres has been the Editor in Chief of Dataism since November 2015. He directs its strategy and development. He has a background in Data Analysis and a BA in Business Decision Making. Amir is interested in how new thinking from Big Data challenges conventional ways of understanding knowledge and culture. His vision for Dataism is to create a sanctuary online for bold and nuanced ideas.