I have a robot. No, it’s not one of the humanoid ones in science fiction, but it’s still a robot. It just so happens that this one is a vacuum, though it doesn’t resemble any vacuum I’ve ever seen.
Robotic vacuums and virtual assistants like Siri, Cortana, or Alexa are becoming mainstream. The future is now.
Things that were predicted in science fiction novels are becoming real in a way that we couldn’t have imagined.
Reality is always stranger than fiction, especially when you look at things like war and all the stories that exist there, good and bad.
My robovac is entertaining for me. I watch it as it gets stuck under the table yet again and attempts a 30-point turn to free itself. It’s not really all that smart, but it’s a budget model. You get what you pay for. The price tags for the smart vacuums are too high for me to stomach right now, but the prices will become more affordable over time as the robovacs become even smarter.
When you look at price overall, you’re getting good value. I could vacuum myself, or I could have something else vacuum for me for the same price. And quite honestly, the robot is a lot less lazy than I am, and doesn’t mind going underneath the bookshelves to get all of the forgotten dust that I probably wouldn’t vacuum until I moved the furniture out of necessity.
It’s not that I’m not clean – obviously I care about a clean home, since I purchased the robot, but there are better things I can do with my time when the carpet looks clean. (Spoiler, it’s not clean. My robot vacuums every day at 2pm and somehow always finds more stuff.)
As more robots and AI programs enter our lives, it allows us to be more lazy, and it’s not a bad thing!
I think laziness is really the natural tendency of all human beings. Biologically it makes sense. To survive, you’d want to expend as little energy as possible – but now that works against us when we don’t have to hunt and gather our food.
I don’t think this laziness is a curse, and I don’t think that humans are bound for extinction out of laziness. I think that this is an amazing time for creative people.
More than ever, other things can take over our mundane tasks, like grocery delivery services. This frees up more time for you to do things that matter.
For me, it means more time to write and paint.
However, more free time also means we have to guard that time more fiercely.
It slips away mindlessly through TV and Facebook. But, in this day and age of busyness, I think we really have more time than ever to do the things we love and live a fulfilling life.
So, whether my robovac is smart or not, it’s another thing to put us more into the world of science fiction and liberate us from the normal tasks of living.