|In case you don't know Rosie.|
It ends up being more like the robotic teams from The Fifth Element more than Rosie.
|One Roomba is more efficient, I think|
In progress is an actual robot maid that can currently do laundry, use the microwave and most importantly: recognize tasks that need doing. Rosie is very close to being a reality. Many other domestic bots exist, from those that fold laundry to doing dishes to even grocery shopping.
The robotic age may be a little slower to advance than we'd expected in the 60's, but it might not be all that long before we actually get persocoms.
Especially when you look at how human robots have become with this android nurse:
She's a step up from this fella, huh?
|I wouldn't have minded having him there to constantly wash my itchy legs after my cesarean|
In 2009, they came out with robots specifically designed to reason, think and be able to not only perform experiments, but perhaps come up with their own.
Medical robots make our lives more livable, from performing surgery to helping people with paralysis live a more normal life... using brainwaves to control them. They also help with rehab and getting back on your feet (or out of bed) (and may be available commercially as soon as 2013).
And the war where no one needs die (except the robots): Robotic soldiers are being improved all the time. Right now, we seem to be most interested in how many ways we can make them exercise, it's amazing (and terrifying, should the list of robots here be combined) how much these robots can do (and how complex such simple things as climbing stairs are to perform).
Personally, while there is a website devoted to cool robots (follow that link for a ton of awesome robots), my favorite is probably ASIMO. This adorable, child sized (and voiced) robot would be quite welcome in my house! I know he's old hat, but he reminds me of two of my favorite things from childhood: robot toys and astronauts. Also, despite having been around for a while (as far as robots go), he still demonstrates some of the biggest advancements in robotic mobility.
So, there you have it. Advancements from my humor post on hungry robots in 2009 and a small sampling of the awesome and terrifying ways robots are improving (and potentially threatening) our lives.
At least no one's built Skynet. Oh, wait, the UK did. F---