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News How Tesla, Google, and others are making robots more like us

Not so long ago, having a robot in your home meant plugging in a Roomba and letting it move around the floor like a dusting sentinel.

But now, thanks to the rapid development of artificial intelligence and machine learning, robots are getting smarter and more human. If the futurists of the world have their way, your next robotic helper could be a humanoid that roams around your home on two legs.

In 2022, we see a giant leap forward in the world of robotics. At Tesla’s 2022 AI Day, the company showed off the first two working prototypes of what it calls the Tesla Bot: a walking humanoid called Optimus, built from off-the-shelf parts, and a second, more advanced version of Optimus, the The company wants to go into production.

Optimus is built around Tesla’s self-driving AI, but instead of being designed to navigate roads and understand traffic lights, that AI has been modified to negotiate with the rest of the world and detect everyday objects and humans. At AI Day, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the robot is intended to be the kind of home helper you might one day buy as a gift for your parents.

“Optimus is designed to be a very capable robot, to be produced in very high volumes — potentially millions of units eventually,” Musk said. “And it’s expected to cost much less than a car.”

Google is working on bots that can understand vague phrases, like “I spilled my drink,” and figure out the steps needed to solve the problem.

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It’s not just Tesla translating its artificial intelligence into physical form. Google is also reshaping the robotic world by giving its advanced machine learning brains a robotic body. In 2022, Google will apply its artificial intelligence technology called Palm Say-Can to a robot made by Everyday Robots (a company formed from Google X Project). Rather than being programmed with commands like “if this, then that,” the robot brain uses machine learning to understand vague instructions like “I’m hungry,” and then figure out the steps to solve the problem.

When you think of assistant robots, you probably don’t think of Google and Tesla. But these tech giants represent a new frontier in robot design: hyperintelligent robots designed to seamlessly navigate our world and interact with the humans within it.

On this week’s episode of What the Future, we take a closer look at how robotics is transforming and the companies that are trying to integrate robots further into our lives, blurring the lines between humans and machines. From Optimus Prime to “self-healing” slime robots, and everything weird and wonderful in between, watch the video above to see which robots to watch out for in the year ahead.

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