From flying taxis, to smart cities and a dedicated minister for AI, 2017 was a giant leap for robotkind Kuri will arrive in our homes early in the New Year. The chirruping 50 cm high robot can trundle around entertaining your kids, take photographs when it thinks you are doing something interesting, wake you up in the morning and greet you at the front door.

All yours for US$799 (Dh 2,934). The makers of Kuri, an American start up backed by Bosch, believe that robots like this, and jibo, a similar product, are the future we will all live in.

Artificially intelligent household robots, they are betting, will perform more and more of the mundane tasks in our households. Within a relatively short time they will also become increasingly sophisticated and smarter, serving us and our children in all sorts of ways, understanding our needs and making life easier.

Some believe they will even be able to look after our children, or the elderly and infirm, as well as any human carer. The implication for a country like the UAE are enormous.

It is estimated that around 95 per cent of children here are cared for by a nanny, either live-in or part time. The number of nannies working here is estimated at around 750,000, almost all women from low income countries, and often supporting families of their own back home. Read more from…

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