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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Midweek magazines: Get your robot!

Hello everybody.

How many of you have made a big & bold New Year's wish: to get a "something" that will do all the tedious house-work for you? Something like a.. robot?!
The world needs robots for a countless number of reasons, including hazardous jobs and automated manufacturing. Robots work without breaks or the need to sleep or eat, allowing manufactures to streamline processes and improve output. Robots are employed in roles ranging from cleaning up dangerous waste and chemical spills to disarming bombs and protecting soldiers in the field.
Some people find them fundamentally important, some fear them.
None the less, we can not deny our obsession with this subject. We have centered our major industry (the movies, folks!) around robots wanting to become the master race of conscious and highly intelligent robots, motivated to take over or destroy the human race. That brings chill into our bones, and also sells theater tickets.
Still, for me, a "robot" is an aid. It's a thing that makes our medications with a perfect precision, it's the thing that cuts metal without getting hurt, it's the thing that lifts patients into beds.. and a thing that saves our labor. I would not mind having a vacuum-cleaner that makes my floors clean.

What if I tell you that you CAN have a robot?
Here's an article from Elle Decoration:

Science fiction author Isaac Asimov deducted the famous Three Laws of Robotics, and published them in one of his books. they are:
  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Makes one feel less scared of them, right?
Would you like a robot?

1 comment:

  1. I think as our population ages - it's a big issue here in the UK - we'll need robots more and more. I'm not going to want to be scrubbing floors when I'm 70, a robot will do very well for that.