When Robots Rule the World

October 21, 2004 | Source: Wired News

The use of robots around the home to mow lawns, vacuum floors and manage other chores will increase sevenfold by 2007 as more consumers snap up smart machines, the United Nations said.

By the end of 2007, some 4.1 million domestic robots will likely be in use, the study said.

There are now some 21,000 “service robots” in use, carrying out tasks such as milking cows, handling toxic waste and even assisting in operating theaters. The number is set to reach a total of 75,000 by 2007, the study said.

By the end of the decade, the study said, robots will “not only clean our floors, mow our lawns and guard our homes but also assist old and handicapped people with sophisticated interactive equipment, carry out surgery, inspect pipes and sites that are hazardous to people, fight fire and bombs.”