FT每日英语 2017-11-21 00:08:18
Robots have been a popular novelty here at the annual Consumer Electronics Show for years, but they've never made the mainstream. This year, there is a lot of money riding on the berth that something has changed. That something is artificial intelligence.
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Already in danger of becoming the most high-new technology, machine learning has raised the possibility of turning remote control toys into machines that can actually start to response to that surroundings. So what happens when you put a new brain into a walking, dancing human-like machine?
You can call them robots, but they are really almost like remote control vehicle or person. Now with truly robotic elements, they can react and think for themselves. Then that’s where they really start to take a life for their own and helping you rather than being there just for entertainment value.
The brains in this robot come the courtesy of amazon. Alexa, the company’s smart digital assistant, can do things like answer voice searches and make a shopping list, as well as follow you around the house. Some of the robots that are riding this new AI wave don’t really have much in the way of robotics in them at all.They still act like they are responding to you, but they are not really much more than a touch screen and a digital assistant, like Siri, the apple smart phone app come to life. The new robots being unleashed on the world come in all shapes and sizes.
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How about a robot umbrella due to go on sale in the coming months? No more ties and swiveling at the pole as the sun moves, so you stay in the shade.
晒得公司创始人兼CEO Armen Gharabegian接受采访时说：
Somebody ask me why does one need a robot shade. And I said why does anyone need a smart toilet. I think we are living in a time right now where technology around us is going at a tremendous speed. Censor and information for multiple types of products is aligning us, communicating between products and helping people to live a little bit easier, in comfort.
But somewhere between two and half and three thousand dollars, that sounds like a high price for convenience. This raised to animate almost any object that can hold a chip and microphone has been a feature of this year’s consumer electronic show, make us all kinds of gadgets have been rushing to bring AI to their devices. But much of these feels like throwing spaghetti against the wall to see if it sticks. Just because it is now cheaper and easier to add intelligence to any digital gadget, that doesn’t make it a good idea.
Shibata dreamed to create Perot, an animated baby seal, 20 years ago, and it has been on sale for more than a decade. It’s been approved by U.S. regulators for use by dementia cancer patients to reduce anxiety and stress. Embedded with sensors under the fake fur, this robot doesn’t do much other than twitch, but it puts emotional response above pure technology.
So although artificial intelligence has brought many new capabilities to robots, over the years one thing hasn’t changed, and that is it's really the emotional connection that you got from a physical object that really sets robotics apart.