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Benefits

In the future, the benefits of robots such as ASIMO and its successors may well be the ability to perform a range of daily tasks to help humans around the home. For now, ASIMO is being used as a prototype to demonstrate its functionality and as an amusement for businesses and museums to rent as a personal greeter for their various events. The robot rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange on February 15, 2002 to mark the 25th anniversary of Honda Motor Company’s listing on the exchange, and is also working as a receptionist for visitors at Honda’s Aoyama Headquarters.

Robots are already proving themselves invaluable for conducting a range of military and scientific functions, such as helping to defuse unexploded bombs, helping to explore inaccessible areas within the ancient pyramids, or in undersea exploration and salvaging operations. In the home, the initial wave of robots are serving as amusing toys or are helping us vacuum the house or cut the lawn. In the future, these domestic applications may move from a curiosity for enthusiasts into more mainstream usage as their price point drops and their functionality increases.


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