Still despite the advent of such technologies, Agrafioti says she feels the notion of intelligent robots replacing humans is overhyped – for now.
“Part of that can be real but I don’t think we’re anywhere near understanding what that means yet. What humans can do very well which machines can’t yet do is high level reasoning. We are quite far away from being able to replicate this.”
Out of Toronto towards the Ontario city of Kitchener, a company is already building the AI-equipped robots which can easily perform tasks currently undertaken by humans.
Even if the robotic secretary is out of action when we arrive, on its shop floor hulking self-driving machines move about performing tasks entirely by their own volition. The robots can work longer and more efficiently than any human and even know when they need to plug themselves in to recharge their lithium power cells.
Clearpath Robotics was founded by four university friends in 2009 and since then has shipped thousands of robots to 40 different countries – including the UK.