The future is full of household robots. If you think this is a sensationalist claim (“yeah, sure; moon colonies by 2030, right?”), think again. Nothing can stand in the way of human laziness– I mean efficiency.
The Domestic Robot Market Is Growing
Regular housekeeping items slowly evolve into futuristic household bots. The trend is pretty obvious. Roomba is a great example: it’s replacing old school vacuum cleaners as we speak. Recorders are being replaced by button-sized wearables that transform voice into text. Alexa and Siri handle order us food and handle calls.
The internet of things can connect all of these into one universal helper. Smart homes are a step in the right direction.
And look where we’re headed: the household robots market has grown by ~30% since 2019. It’s projected to triple by 2030.
Everybody Wants to Automate Their Chores
Okay, you’re saying, household robots are going to be popular in the future. But what if this is just a fad? What if the trend dies?
Short answer: no.
There are several reasons why household robots are what the customer needs. All of these reasons are very good. They are rooted in human nature and therefore unlikely to ever become irrelevant.
- Domestic robots save the time spent cleaning, vacuuming, or mowing the lawn.
- They can assist elderly people, allowing for 24/7 health monitoring and emotional support.
- Robots don’t get paid. Human workers require a wage.
- AI-powered devices can work while you’re away.
In other words, a domestic robot can save your money and your marriage.
So… How Long Until Household Bots Become Common?
With the recent advances in AI and mechatronics, the concept of futuristic household robots has never been closer to reality.
We already have food delivery robots zipping around big cities like London or Santa Monica.
AI chat bots entertain us with jokes, heartfelt conversations, and trivia.
We can use a phone to control our house.
Voice user interface is available for more and more devices, including cars.
All of the above illustrates some promising trends:
- cheaper, mass-market robotic devices
- robots are getting better at moving autonomously & navigating the world
- organic, fast communication with AI-powered devices
And while androids are not likely to enter the market before at least 2050, by then most homes will own at least one domestic robot. At least that’s what most researchers and futurists agree on.
Some domestic helper bots are already available to everyone, although their functions are limited. As technology advances, we see better and cheaper robots used by companies and individuals alike. Based on market predictions, home robots will become common in the following decades.
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