A.I | Ford debuts automated robots - and they're terrifying

Ford debuts automated robots - and they're terrifying

Whilst Amazon’s latest push for efficient and time-sensitive deliveries relies on the business acumen of its staff, Ford has doubled down on its engineering and robotics prowess to create the next step in the Western world devolving into an Orwellian utopian novel.

‘Digit’ is the latest creation from Agility Robotics, in collaboration with Ford, designed to take your delivery from a (presumably automated) car, and deliver it to your door. The two-legged robot was initially announced in early 2019, but has since been trialled and is now completely operational.

The macabre foldaway unit (unit?) can be easily stored in the boot of a car, and is designed to unfurl and spring into action when needed. Incidentally, it’s also extremely creepy.

"Digit not only resembles the look of a person, but walks like one, too," Agility Robotics claimed.

Hmmm…

“The U.S. Postal Service alone delivered more than 6billion packages in 2018, or double the volume it was handling about ten years ago,” a statement from Ford read.

“To help address this issue, Ford is teaming up with Agility Robotics to explore a brand-new frontier in the world of autonomy — and a new way of thinking about how we make deliveries. Together, we will work toward making sure self-driving vehicles are uniquely outfitted to accomplish something that’s proven surprisingly difficult to do: Carry out that final step of getting your delivery from the car to your door,” the statement concluded.


(When watching this gif, imagine Darth Vader’s theme playing)

If properly utilised, Digit is conceptually a revolutionary robot. With the ability to carry up to 40 pounds, the unit (there’s that word again) has limitless applications for those with disabilities and can maintain balance whilst travelling over uneven terrain. It is currently capable of making the journey from the car to the door using data retrieved from the car’s automation and can even work out the optimum route with the information at hand.

Whilst the machine is no doubt extremely advanced, we do hope that they can find a way to soften its world-ending-insect-looking design.



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