Are we close to a world without chores?

February 12th, 2014 Category: Office Cleaning

The company behind the reimagined vacuum cleaner has invested £5 million into research that aims to develop "intelligent domestic robots". Is it possible that we could soon be living in a world without chores?

Imagine coming home from work, kicking off your shoes and settling down in front of the television, knowing that all you have to do is relax.

You wouldn’t need to spend any time washing dishes, vacuuming floors or sorting laundry as your house would be full of technological wizardry that takes care of everything.

It’s a nice thought, but unfortunately it is not yet a reality. However, Sir James Dyson is hoping his investment will help change the fantasy into an actuality.

The man behind the Dyson brand has always dreamed about "practical everyday technologies that will make our lives easier".

He said: "My generation believed the world would be overrun by robots by the year 2014. We now have the mechanical and electronic capabilities, but robots still lack understanding – seeing and thinking in the way we do.”

Sir Dyson’s decision to invest in robotics has put his company is a position where it is in direct competition with Google, which has recently invested in eight robotics companies.

The search engine giant’s acquisitions include Boston Dynamics, a company that has made self-controlling robots for the military. Last month, Google spent an enormous £400 million by purchasing a London-based startup that focuses on artificial intelligence.

Sir Dyson told The Guardian: "I've no idea what companies Google intend to buy. Dyson aren't about to launch a car or a search engine. We are focused on developing technology for domestic robots for the home that logically navigate their surroundings.

There is a growing market for robot cleaning gadgets, for example Roomba manufacture vacuums that are able to work autonomously – some of which can sweep and mop!

A world without chores may be closer than we think. Soon we could could have our very own Rosie the robot and be living like the Jetsons.