Robotics

Most Humans Uncomfortable with Robots in the Home

25 June 2018

As robots capable of cleaning up after, caring for and protecting humans emerge, it seems that humans aren’t entirely excited about inviting them into their homes, according to a recent survey.

The survey, conducted by the Brookings Institution, determined that of the over 2,000 internet users it surveyed, only 20 percent expressed interest in obtaining a cleaning robot, while 68 percent of those surveyed were not. Likewise, those surveyed were even less interested in inviting robots capable of security functions into their homes (just 17 percent) and even fewer were interested in robotic caretakers for either children or the elderly (a mere 9 percent).

“I think the care-taking part is going to take a bit more time for people to be comfortable with,” said Brookings Center for Technology and Innovation director Darrell West.

Yet, despite the low comfort levels surrounding the presence of robots in the home, roughly 52 percent of those surveyed believe that robots will be taking over most tasks currently carried out by humans within 30 years.

To contact the author of this article, email marie.donlon@ieeeglobalspec.com


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