Artificial intelligence for robots is an exciting new technological milestone on the path to more efficient and robust machines. Imagine, for a moment, that you are inside your robot’s head, and that it is communicating with you. It is determining the next action it needs to take in its life; it is deciding whether to walk forward or walk left, and it is even planning out its own death. This type of system is so lifelike, in fact, that you will not know it is not a real person, but rather an artificially intelligent system.
What does this mean for the future of artificially intelligent systems?
It means that robots with emotional capabilities will soon be a common feature in our homes, and they will have at least some of the same emotions as humans do. Right now, emotional robots will be either human who has programmed them to handle certain emotional issues or virtual machines that are able to monitor and manage human emotions. (That last part may raise some alarms.) However, there is also good news: because of the nature of the interaction between these robots and human brains, it is very unlikely that a robot with emotions will do anything harmful to anyone.
One of the most exciting application areas of artificial intelligence for robots will be in healthcare. Currently, robots are used in rehabilitation and inpatient care. They assist doctors in moving patients around, checking their condition, and making necessary decisions about how to treat them. Over the long run, this technology is bound to advance into other areas such as companion care, monitoring of elder citizens, assisting with physical therapy, and even assisting with hearing and vision.
Even though many people worry about artificially intelligent robotic companions, there are actually many benefits in letting emotional robots help caregivers. One of the main benefits is that emotional robots will not have to be traumatized by their job. Emotionally responsive robots will be able to respond to their surroundings and the needs of their human caregivers in a more natural way. In fact, they can take over many of the non-emotional aspects of their role.
There is also a clear need for emotional robots. In the past, human caregivers have had to essentially recruit help from emotionally distant robots to fill in for them in various situations. For example, if the caregiver was in the hospital and a patient was too far away to visit, they had to be retrieved by leaving notes on the patient’s behalf on the robotic hospital attendant. This was often inconvenient for the patient since they had to remember to write notes and the robotic assistant was not human and therefore could not provide them with much assistance.
The new Federal Research Commission is set up to continue the research of artificially intelligent systems. This commission has already begun collecting data and will hold an annual meeting to discuss this work over the next year. This means there is likely to be another breakthrough in artificial intelligence for robots that makes it much easier for robots to serve their humans and their home bases. It will also allow researchers to better understand and ultimately apply their findings to the design of robots.
Some fear that the coming of artificial intelligence for robots will cause robotic androids to become more aggressive. This is likely to be true, especially if we want to fully trust our robots to do the tasks necessary without resorting to violence. Nevertheless, if robots are given sufficient reason to be aggressive, they will do so when it is necessary. This does not mean, however, that robots should never be aggressive. We should simply teach them how to behave in such circumstances so that they will not have to resort to violence as a result of human mistreatment or failure to fulfill their duties.
Many leading robotics startups have already put money into artificially intelligent robotic systems that will one day serve them. If you have the money to invest in a robotics startup, I highly recommend you do so today so that you will have a greater advantage in the market in the future. You may be able to convince investors to part with more of their money if you can show them that future robots will have artificial intelligence that is comparable to what a human brain can achieve. By having artificial intelligence in your hands, you will be one step ahead of the competition.