This story about Facebook robots doesn’t fuel any fears I have of a robot uprising. Not. At. All. None.
From Click 2 Houston:
The company received a patent on Tuesday for a self-balancing robot that’s capable of standing on either two or three legs. The concept resembles a telepresence robot, complete with a screen, camera and microphone.
The patent states the robot may have other abilities such as carrying cargo and a cooling system to control its temperature.
It’s unclear what Facebook might do with a telepresence robot, but the potential is vast. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A self-balancing robot could be used to expand its video conferencing offerings. Facebook has offered video calls on Messenger since 2015. With video conferencing on a telepresence robot, a friend could virtually follow you around your home while carrying on a conversation.
A robot in the home could also be used to autonomously take photos and videos for Facebook’s suite of content sharing platforms, including Instagram and WhatsApp.
Of course, the act of introducing a robot into the home raises privacy and security concerns, especially at a time when some users have misgivings about the amount of personal data Facebook collects. After all, a robot operating in the home could significantly increase how much Facebook knows about its users.
Experts see a use for the robots outside of the house, too. Christopher Atkeson, a robotics professor at Carnegie Mellon University, envisions multiple Facebook robots being used to deliver a Facebook Live broadcast of an amateur sporting event.
Seems cool, but it’s all fun and games until they plot and execute a revolt.
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