Home > Geek stuff > Robots for the Masses Robots for the Masses Eugenia Loli 2003-01-09 Geek stuff 4 Comments A start-up company says it has developed a navigation system that is cheap enough to bring robots to the mass-consumer market. Read the story at News.com. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 4 Comments 2003-01-09 7:28 pm I think AI and robotics will have a net positive impact on our world as the technologies mature. However, I also believe there are some negative consequences which cannot be minimized. Just like computers, they will save labor, but that won’t mean less work for people. For companies to stay competitive, individual workloads will increase, and many people will lose their jobs. Hopefully, enough new jobs will be created. Also, what will happen to companies that give away their software, and only charge for support? When programs are smart enough to fix themselves and provide dynamic instruction on their use, revenue from support will drop dramatically. Perhaps a national endowment for free software would show how much our country values such contributions. 2003-01-10 1:04 am I pretty much associated “Start-up company” with “product-less .com” back during the dot-com explosion and failure. Is this just a goofy buzzword way of saying “a new company?” 2003-01-10 3:19 am *cough* No, this isn’t aimed at Wil Robinson… The first person to complain that this isn’t “OSNews” gets to explain themselves to Mr Hat behind the P.E. shed at lunchtime! 2003-01-10 6:39 am As for domestic robot, I’m really happy with my first one, the Roomba by iRobot. It’s an amazing little vacuum robot that clean your house floors while you’re gone. At 199$ I first thought it was a trap, or something. My verdict ? I got it 4 month ago. I never done any vacuum myself since. My floor is perfectly clean. Gratz to iRobot !!!