Amazon launches the new Astro and criticism comes from the programmers themselves

Among the various novelties that Amazon has introduced to the world, Astro stands out: a robot that aims to take Alexa’s personal assistant anywhere, inside the user’s home. While it looks promising, the truth is that the device programmers themselves don’t seem very confident.

One of those responsible for its development will have said that the Astro is “a disaster and not ready to be released”.

Astro on Amazon

Yesterday, Amazon presented several news that it intends to make available on the market. One of them, Astro, is a proposal that was predicted to be promising, as it elevates personal assistant Alexa to an even more personalized level.

Amazon's proposal is based on the possibility of the new robot walking inside the house, and recognizing rooms and the people who live in it. This mobile Alexa, in addition to moving anywhere and having the ability to make video surveillance recordings, has machine learning solutions integrated and, according to the vision, “proactively patrols the house, investigates activity and sends notifications if it detects something outside the vulgar”.

Programmers didn't skimp on Amazon's Astro

Despite Amazon's promise, some of the minds behind the Astro's development were unimpressed when it was introduced. According to a report by the Vice, one of the people who was involved in its creation will have called it "a disaster", alleged that it is "not ready to be released", and stated that the idea that it would be a device useful accessibility was “nonsense”.

More than that, the same sources reveal that the Astro is not prepared to find stairs, so it can, according to them, throw itself, if given the opportunity.

Also according to Vice, based on documents revealed about its operation, the robot is fragile and several devices have already broken.

Astro on Amazon

After the criticism directed at Astro, Amazon wrote the following:

These characterizations of Astro's performance, quality and safety systems are simply inaccurate. Astro has undergone rigorous testing for both quality and security, including tens of thousands of hours of testing with beta participants. This includes exhaustive testing of the Astro's advanced security system, which is designed to avoid objects, detect stairs and stop the device wherever and whenever necessary.

However, the same documents, as well as videos of the developers' meetings during its development, show that Astro's facial recognition system is deficient.

This is because the sources reveal that the robot is not fully capable of recognizing people, so it could attack someone it should. More than that, one of the sources revealed that his data collection is “a privacy nightmare”.

Currently, the Astro, which is on sale for $1,000, cannot simply be purchased, you must request an invitation. This process requires completing a survey that will determine if the robot is suitable for the user's home.