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Published on August 4, 2016 By Frogboy In Everything Else

I recently picked up a Roomba and am amazed at how far they have come.

Like many people, I followed the original release of the Roomba robotic vacuum it seemed kind of like a toy at the time.  No more.  It’s for real.

Right now, my office building spends about $1,600 a month on cleaning.  Now, vacuuming isn’t the main thing they do but it is a significant part of what they do.  It is tempting to just buy three high end Roombas (one per floor) and let them go and see if we could reduce our cleaning costs.

Roombas, and other devices like it, are the leading edge of the AI-based automation revolution that is starting.  If you aren’t scared, you should be. I know I am. 


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on Aug 04, 2016


If you aren’t scared, you should be. I know I am. 

Don't tell me.....there's a 'thing' called "Roombaphobia" ...

on Aug 04, 2016

The company for whom I work once gave away one of those at a trade show.  What I didn't like about it was it had the capacity of a dustbuster.  In other words, not much.  Even if it did manage to cover the entire room where it's placed I can't see it picking up much more than some lint and fuzzballs.

on Aug 05, 2016

Next step is to replace CEOs. Can't be much harder than that.

on Aug 05, 2016

There is no need to spend money on Roombas. Just make cleaning and maintenance part of every employees job description... They are all exempt employees, right ?...

on Aug 05, 2016

wait till they start putting wheels and chips on your other furnitures so they move out of the way for the roombas

on Aug 05, 2016

Borg999

There is no need to spend money on Roombas. Just make cleaning and maintenance part of every employees job description... They are all exempt employees, right ?...

 

^^^ Yes please update all Stardock: lead developers, engineers and Art leads to now be 'Sanitation Savy' and they must now clean not only their area but all adjacent employee areas. Thus cementing the idea of <adjacency bonuses>! 

on Aug 06, 2016

I have always found it strange that people will go to gyms and strain their otherwise worthless cosmetic muscles but don't have the energy to work around the house and yard.

 

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