For the next few minutes, let’s take a look into the future. Not things like flying cars or teleportation devices. What we’re going to be looking at is something coming in the near future that we can all get excited about: artificially intelligent pets combining with home automation assistants such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa. This partnership is already starting to emerge.

Vector, a home robot that’s made to be your companion, now has Alexa support. This means that Vector can be more than just your companion now; it can also be your assistant. Vector can now do almost anything Alexa can, except for making calls, playing music, and reading a book to you.

Someday soon, it could become commonplace to have a robot assistant there to follow you around the house for when you need it. At the start, it might help you with smaller scale things, such as turning the lights off and on and changing the temperature in the house, but with the rapid advancement of technology, imagine where this could go!

Your home robot could become one of your best friends. The home robot aspect of it would have its own personality that it develops through AI, but it would also be helpful with the assistant part because it could help you get through your day and get through everything you need to do. It could tell you in the morning about the things on your to-do list, and then as you go through those possibly mundane tasks, you’d have someone there to talk to. It can tell you when you need to go to appointments; it could schedule meetings for you.

With this development, not only are robots solely meant for helpfulness or companionship, now they can be your helpful companions. The future has arrived!