Roomba inventor Joe Jones has a new company and a new product he’s trying to fund through Kickstarter: Tertill, “a solar-powered and weatherproof robot that weeds your garden every day.” In an interview about Terrill, Jones has a great quote about what robots can and can’t easily do today:
Robots are deceptively hard. My co-founder at Harvest, Clara Vu, likes to say, “A robot application that a technology grad student thinks they can easily do in a couple of weeks has an outside chance of actually being practical. Anything harder is impossible.”
That’s why assuming that the real threat to jobs won’t arrive until around 2040 makes sense to me; bots and AI are improving at a pretty brisk clip, but they’ve still got a ways to go.