11Jan
laundry machine
By: Hp Creative Space On: January 11, 2018

You know the old maid’s joke

They tell their prospective employers that they do not do windows, self service laundry and so on. Now it seems like they won’t be required to do laundry. A $16,000 AI machine may do it for them. Yes, you read that right. There is now a robot that will fold your laundry.

It is not fast at it as it still takes a few hours to do all of the laundries. But it will give a busy mom some extra time for other important tasks.

There are weaknesses

This AI technology is still under development, but its weaknesses are fairly obvious. One weakness is, as stated, its speed. It will not win any Olympic medals in laundry folding competitions.

A second problem is found in its programming. It cannot see all colors of the clothes placed in its hamper. It may be that the different colors need to be programmed into the AI brain. The third weakness is the process. It is too long and complicated.

Plus, why would anyone want to spend large sums of money on a machine? Especially when it takes longer to do a job than you can do it yourself?

The potential of the AI laundry folding technology

The people behind this new unit to see a bright side. They point to the data gathering skills and the analytical ability of the AI laundry robot. The scans look at the article of clothing, send the pertinent information to the robotic arms. Who then decide what is the best way to fold the one piece of clothing.

They also point to the potential of a companion app which helps organize the clothes. It allows you to program which clothes go to which member of the family. In other words, besides folding laundry, it will separate it as well.

Too far too fast

This is the initial reaction that comes when reading about this application of AI technology. In their haste to usher in a Jetsons world, the researchers seem to have taken a few steps too far.

In their bid to lighten the workload at home, they apply technology to areas of home life that do not need upgrading. This machine in its current form is not seen as an upgrade but more of a step backward.

It will need to go through several improvements before it is ready for any home use.

Some final thoughts

The Jetsons were a cartoon family in the future. Their lives were filled with robots doing all sorts of basic and business tasks. Maybe that is what the researchers are hoping to develop. But it seems to be too many steps at one time.

The basics of AI have not fully been understood yet. Too many minds are focused on the positive applications, the good things, the benefits, to be effective in understanding AI, its technology and its role in civilization.

There are better applications for AI technology than folding the laundry. Maybe those should be developed first.

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