Humanoid robots are often regarded as something from science fiction. With unnatural movements and facial expressions right out of the uncanny valley, pop culture tells us that they are to be feared with no way to escape.
The reality is a stark contrast, and with robotics becoming more and more advanced, humanoid robots are already taking hold in some industries.
Here are just a few ways humanoid robots will contribute in the coming years.
In places such as care homes, especially during times of disease or pandemic, you want as little contact as possible between the elderly and other people. This is where a care robot would come in. With AI continuing to advance, intelligent conversations between care home residents and robots can become possible, continuing the social development side of the care sector without any risk of interaction with those on the outside.
Humanoid robots can be very useful in this regard and can support the mental condition of patients for years.
A hotel receptionist will often do the same job repeatedly. Hand someone their keys upon checking in, take keys when checking out, and answer queries in between.
This is a job that could potentially be a target for robotics, and with some hospitality bars already being run by robots, it’s easy to see the transition being a relatively smooth one.
Of course, artificial intelligence would likely need to leap forward to handle complex queries, but the sector is advancing year on year and there is little doubt that AI will reach the necessary level.
Whilst a human touch will always be required in the teaching profession, there are already examples of robots being used to help guide and teach children. One such example can be seen in SoftBank Robotics‘ Pepper project, which comes with a program named Tethys.
This teaches coding by allowing students to program movement into their humanoid robot teacher, which can be a fun and interactive way of learning to code rather than pouring over websites looking for the relevant terminology and wording to make your code work the way you want.