The future is here: Meet the robots of the world

Amazon announces autonomous robot for your home equipped with AI, mapping technology, and cameras

Stars Insider

29/09/21 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE Technology

Whether or not you’re still skeptical about the involvement of robots and artificial intelligence in our daily lives, the fact of the matter is that robots are “alive” and well as you read this. And now Amazon wants them in your home.

At a livestreamed event on September 28, Amazon announced a new autonomous, dog-like robot named Astro equipped with artificial intelligence and mapping technology so that it can zoom around your house, as well as numerous cameras to record what it sees. It's meant for users to check in on pets or elderly loved ones when they're away, and it can also respond to voice-assistant commands.

If you're thinking it's just Alexa with wheels, think again. Amazon personalized this robot by adding eyes and unique sounds in an attempt to make it almost cute, though many fear this in-home surveillance by one of the Big Five companies is far from adorable. Astro will cost US$999 when it launches later this year. 

From serving food, to creating art, and even helping protect people, check out the new tech that’s working its algorithmic magic (and try not to think about all the jobs they’re taking).


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