When we get there, what do you want?
What do you want a robot to do for you? What can you imagine?
Insert yourself into the best-case future scenario. There is an electro-mechanical servant in every household with the means and the desire to have one. They are as mobile and skilled as humans, and only just a little bit stronger. They don’t sleep, but they have to be plugged in, to recharge the batteries.
You can tell the robot what to do. Program it, so to speak. It may come with some preprogrammed abilities and you’ll have to set the parameters. The limits.
There are restrictions. You can’t tell it to do anything criminal. You can tell it to do anything you want within the lawful and reasonable. It can do anything it’s built to do. Your robot can do the laundry or do the shopping. Your robot can clean the toilet or clean your backyard swimming pool. If it’s built to withstand the elements, it could remove snow from the top of your car or from your driveway.
Whatever you don’t want to do, you could have the robot do. Whatever task is too disgusting or repetitive, you can program the robot to do that task.
Insert yourself into the best future you can possibly imagine. What does it look like? What do you see? Do you see yourself with a personal household-variety robot? Does it make your dinner? Does it choose what’s for dinner?
Whatever you imagine, take it to the max.