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Alphabet (Google) employees could see strange new colleagues arriving at Mountain View premises: household robots. These come out of laboratory X and could arrive for the general public in the future.
On the Alphabet campus, the parent company of Google, employees were able to meet strange machines. Indeed, household robots have appeared. They are more advanced than those we know, since they are able to clean tables, to put the chairs back in their place and even to sort waste. We are far from the classic robot vacuum cleaner.
These robots were directly designed by Alphabet, more precisely by the laboratory X, its branch specializing in cutting-edge research. These new employees come from the Everyday Robots project, headed by the researcher Hans Peter Brondmo. He also claims that this is no longer a project, but a reality.
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The goal is to create autonomous machines that can perform simple tasks. We are talking about cleaning here, but we can imagine a thousand possible solutions. Moreover, these robots are capable of learning, and therefore to improve over the days. This is a mandatory step for them to function properly in environments for which they have not been programmed. It can be scary, but let’s reassure us, we are still far, very far, from Skynet.
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In total, there are now more than 100 robots who clean up at Alphabet. 100 prototypes that are not intended for sale, or even to leave the premises. However, all of this could have a long-term impact. Alphabet could indeed use its solutions in consumer products in the coming years, or even take up some research for something else. Google already uses AI in its products, such as Google Home or even smartphones.
The immediate goal is to extend the use of these household robots to all Google premises in the San Francisco Bay Area. For use on a larger scale, you will still have to be patient. You will have to rely on your dumb robot vacuum cleaner for some time to come.
Source: Laboratory X