Poll Indicates We're Not Quite Ready For Robots.
The "Life Expectancy" article reports that while robots may have become relatively common in the workplace, most people are far from ready to consider having such automated devices in their homes.
When queried about what part robotics might play in their lives, 68 percent of the Red Herring survey's respondents indicated that they thought vacuum cleaning was a pretty good possibility within 10 years, while 63 percent believed robots might mow the law or play a game within 10 years. But where having robots become part of the family starts to appear less than likely to those polled is when they try to imagine robots playing a part in such things as driving a car, cooking food or shopping.
"Seriously contemplating robots that will perform routine household tasks seems to be a big leap for the American public," writes Angus Reid Vice President Edward Morawski in the Red Herring article.
What do Americans expect robots will be able to do within the next ten years? Vacuum clean: 68 percent
Vacuum clean: 68 percent Mow the lawn: 68 percent Play games: 63 percent Sweep floors: 61 percent Cook food: 37 percent Simulate a pet: 34 percent Drive a car: 34 percent Shop: 32 percent
The complete special-section article, "Life Expectancy: How People Envision Living with Robots," appears in the August issue of Red Herring magazine, now available on newsstands.
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|Publication:||EDP Weekly's IT Monitor|
|Date:||Jul 31, 2000|
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