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Back in 1962, a cartoon depicting the future made its debut. The Jetsons lived in a futuristic world that included flying vehicles and a robot maid named Rosie. Fast forward to 2018 and we may have finally caught up with that future. Artificial intelligence has finally come to a point where consumers are starting to see it showing up in certain areas of life.

Robot Maids

While they aren’t as lively as Rosie was in The Jetsons, Walmart has started to introduce robot janitors into some of their stores. These AI-powered cleaners will move around the aisles of the store buffering and sweeping the floors. The nonhuman employees will take the place of individuals who used to clean the aisles. This deployment won’t totally replace all of the human employees with an Auto-C, which is what these AI robots are called, but who knows what the future holds?

A Giant Roomba

Many movies have depicted the introduction of robots into our society as humanoid units that look extremely similar to humans. That’s not the case with Auto-C. In fact, this floor cleaning machine may remind Walmart shoppers of the Roomba, which is a robotic vacuum cleaner that was first introduced in 2002. It probably won’t take long for most individuals to get used to these large cleaning units once they’ve seen them a few times during their shopping trips.

Frightening Other Drivers

Tesla has introduced AI technology into its automobiles. One of the key features that a Tesla owner can use is the self-driving function. While Tesla has sold a number of these vehicles, it is still a shock to see someone who isn’t driving their own car when it’s speeding down the highway at 70 miles per hour or faster. In fact, it was reported in California that some travelers in their cars were alarmed by seeing a drunk individual sleeping in the driver’s seat with no hands on the steering wheel.

More To Come

While these small integrations of AI into our society are still small, more changes are sure to come. When that occurs, more people may start to find it harder to object to these changes. Critics of AI and the introduction of robots see this emergence as a way for companies to cut wages and reduce staff. Even if that isn’t the intent of these type of changes, it has a high possibility of occurring anyway.