The quantum vacuum is an ideal place to put a robot vacuum, according to MIT’s Max Krashen, who’s the principal investigator of a project that’s trying to create a robot with the power to vacuum the atmosphere in a lab.
“Imagine a vacuum that’s able to go through walls and ceilings, and that’s basically a very big robot,” he told Recode.
“That’s what we want to build.”
Krasen said his team has already built a robot that can perform the same basic task as the one it’s testing in the lab, but he also emphasized that the robot doesn’t need to be able to jump.
“It can go down to a certain point and take off,” he said.
“The key is to have that ability to take off when you need to.”
If you can build a robot in a vacuum, you can also build one in space.
Krasan said his goal is to develop a vacuum with the capability to perform tasks in space, though he said it’s still in the early stages of testing and it may take several years for a successful flight.
“We need to prove the idea that it’s possible,” Krasens said.
In addition to the robot vacuum project, Kraseng’s team is also working on building a quantum computer that could potentially solve the mysteries of the universe.
The robot vacuum would be a way to prove that there’s no boundary between reality and virtual reality.
But there are some other applications for a robot capable of vacuuming the air.
Kroshen said that while the vacuum would likely work well in space if it could be controlled, it could also be used in an urban environment.
“In a typical home, there’s just a very small amount of air in the house,” he explained.
“If you want to vacuum up the air, you have to get it up to a height where it can pass through the ceiling.
So, in the future, we would see it used in a lot of different environments.”