A recent article published in the PLOS ONE journal has made some remarkable predictions about the role of robots in domestic life. The report, based on a survey of 65 AI experts from the UK and Japan, claims that robots will take on 30% of all household chores by the year 2033. This is just one of many insights into the potential impact of AI on a range of industries.
The report suggests that shopping is likely to be the industry most affected by automation through AI, with the least impact expected in industries like “old and young care”. The report also notes that domestic household tasks, such as vacuuming, are already being widely automated by robots. In fact, the report reveals that robot vacuum cleaners are currently the most commonly produced and sold robots in the world.
Interestingly, the report also highlights some differences in attitudes towards home automation between the UK and Japan. According to the researchers, men in the UK tend to be more excited about the use of AI in home automation, whereas women in Japan appear to be more enthusiastic.
While the rise of home automation may bring significant time-saving benefits, the report does note that not all household tasks are equally suitable for automation. For example, only around 28% of care work – such as looking after children or elderly family members – is predicted to be automated.