My first step to more productivity: delete some games!

I’ve been observing how I use my phone and I have found that quite a good chunk of that time is spent… No, wasted on games that aren’t worth much. These games do not add to me but I still play them anyway for no good reason.

These are the games I are essentially just time-killers. With an actual games backlog on my 3DS and Steam, I don’t know how I am able to make myself waste time on these games. I should be more conscious and always remind myself that I have no such thing as “extra time” that I can just “kill” some of it.

It’s not going to be easy. I have made real virtual progress in some of these games but I’ll just have to go ahead and uninstall them. With my Internet connection “speed” as it is, it will be even more difficult to get them back after clicking “Uninstall”. It’s a good thing.

Descendants 2

I wonder if Descendants is gonna pull off a High School Musical. You know, there’s a major motion picture for the third, if there is a third, instead of a TV movie. There’s a lot they can do to the story after Descendants 2.

Uma, Descendants 2

First, Uma is out of the Isle. That’s very important. I still don’t get how she managed the love spell but maybe it was really just a potion that didn’t need magic or she has her own magic. Whatever the case is, she’s out, so now there’s a lot she can do.

Chad, Descendants 2Second, there’s Chad who’s off to Sherwood Forest for Audrey. Besides whatever’s going on with him and Audrey, he now has the ambition to become king because of Evie’s innocent comment. Uma can pick him up and turn that ambition into something. Uma’s gonna be doing the manipulating because Chad doesn’t have a lot of there there.

Dizzy, Descendants 2Finally, there’s Dizzy who will be going to Auradon Prep by invitation of King Ben, per Evie’s request. Dizzy and the rest of the kids on the list. There can be a lot of story there. Or Uma can try and do something against these kids to destroy the kingdom that Ben and Mal’s team are trying to build.

Harry, Descendants 2Oh, I can’t forget about Harry. Now that Uma’s out of the Isle, he could take over her “pirate crew” and become captain like his dad instead of first mate. Unless he happens to be incredibly loyal to Uma. Still, he’s obviously demented. He can rise.

I’m thinking about princesses

Apparently, I’m still not over Cinderella.

Whenever the soundtrack of Beauty and the Beast plays, I can’t help but go back to that Cinderella movie from 2015. They did a “remake” but Cinderella didn’t get an “upgrade” whatsoever.

Beauty and the Beast, Belle

Belle is now an inventor. (Her father became an artist.) She’s always had this, “I’m not like all the other girls in this town” thing going on but now she builds things. She had this washing machine that the rest of the women in that poor provincial town could only gawk at.

Tangled, Rapunzel at the tavern

Rapunzel learned to think for herself. She went out (while battling inner conflict), had her time at a tavern, and made friends with a bunch of thugs who each had a dream. In the end, she had to save Eugene. So, it wasn’t all, “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!”

And then there’s Snow White. She’s a warrior now. She fought for a kingdom that is rightfully hers and took it back from the Evil Queen. (Granted, it wasn’t a Disney production but still.)

Cinderella… Well, she was still this fortunate little girl, incredibly loved by her parents who just wanted to go to the ball, marry the prince, and live happily ever after. What’s up with that?!

Cinderella

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I’m still not 100% into this June 12 Independence Day celebration. It’s another thing I don’t get. I mean, June 12, 1898. It was just Spain that left then. It was not as if the country became independent when the Spaniards left. Won’t it be better to celebrate July 4, 1946?

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Duterte says he will withdraw the forces in Marawi City if the Supreme Court decides that his declaration of the Martial Law in Mindanao has been illegal. I don’t get that.

I mean, why can’t the military continue their operations if the Martial Law is revoked? That really doesn’t make sense. Hasn’t there always been a military force in the country well before he even became president? Hasn’t this military force always been able to take action as needed? Hasn’t this military force always had the job of defending the country and its people?

Would you trust a robot?

In a previous post, I mentioned that people need people; one way or the other, humans will be taking care of each other even when robots have become much more useful than they are now.

Still, I do not believe it is unethical for a robot to be taking care of a human being. It could be helpful in many ways. For instance, if a carer is not the strong type and the dependent needs moving, say from a bed to a wheelchair and back. A strong load-bearing robot could help with that task.

Nevertheless, I don’t believe we are at a point where we can allow robots to make independent decisions when it comes to health care. We could have them help us make the decision, act as a guide or get them to help sorting out facts and figures. However, at the end of the day, the decision should still be up to human carers.

Robots, definitely, can help take care but that does not necessarily mean that they care themselves. That will require a much higher level of artificial intelligence. At this time, to do the jobs they can do for healthcare, they do not need to care.

As for how we will choose, I think it will ultimately depend on the level of care and the type of care that a human requires. Standards will have to be set but I don’t think this is something we can fit in a one-size-fits-all decision table. Those standards will only be there to guide us but we will still have to fit them to the needs of a patient.

The biggest issue I can see to using carer robots is resistance to technology. We can already see that the elderly will be the very first ones who could use some help from robots, when the technology markedly improves. However, it is also a fact that the elderly are not usually the first ones to adapt new technologies. So, we will have to find a way to introduce robots to healthcare in such a way that the elderly will not be repulsed by the shiny new nurse trying to take care of them.

Robotics and the future

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Robots are still not in the form they can become. I’m sure we all acknowledge that. Since designers and engineers generally model robots after the real world, I am sure we will see some robots taking on “natural” forms and, quite likely, even surpassing the capabilities of nature.

Speaking of dangerous situations, I would not be surprised if, at some point in the future, we will have robots fighting the wars of humans for them while human soldiers stay at a safe remote location operating and commanding the soldier robots. It will also not be surprising if such robots are already in development today. The military did make a request for Iron Man-like suits for their soldiers to wear.

On a brighter side of things, robots will become more helpful to us in the future. They will be able to come up with even more accurate diagnostics for patients, maybe perform surgeries on their own. They will be able to better interpret laws so that human lawyers do not have to battle it out themselves anymore. They will be able to transport us better than human drivers can. They will help us get much deeper down the oceans and under the earth. They will help us go further out in space.

As for what my role will be in all these, I hope to be part of the groups of people which are building these things that we envision to be the future of robotics.

Will robots take our jobs?

The short answer: Yes.

It is another one of the inevitabilities that will be brought to us by technology. One way or the other, robots will be taking over human jobs.

  • What jobs have already disappeared because the technology became obsolete and was replaced?
    Lots of repair jobs, especially in technology have come and gone. For instance, repair jobs for CRT’s. I am certain that there was a time when they were in high demand, both in the fabrication and repair. However, as LCD’s and LED’s came into being, these people would have had to acquire new skills to remain relevant or need to be replaced.

    I’m certain the same can be said of many other manufacturing jobs, in general. In a lot of ways, it is simply the better idea for many companies to automatize production, thereby taking jobs away from people.

  • Which jobs do you foresee might be made obsolete?
    Based on the “Humans Need Not Apply” video, I can see that many jobs will be made obsolete. Even doctors and lawyers are not on the safe side. Basically, you will only be not replaceable if you are at the top.
  • How do we future-proof ourselves against becoming obsolete?
    The only way to future-proof ourselves would be to keep ourselves updated, not just in the news but also in terms of keeping our skills up to date so that we do not ever have to lose any job to any robot.
  • Are there certain jobs that should stay solely in human hands? Why?
    If there are jobs that should stay solely in human hands, I believe it would be jobs in the care industry, i.e. nursing. As much as we try to make robots into humans, people need people. So, one way or the other, we should, and probably will, take care of each other even if robots are already the norm.

Privacy and Safety

  • How do you feel about the growing number and sophistication of robots in our society?

    At this time, I am not yet very concerned about them in terms of privacy and safety. On the contrary, I am actually rather excited for when robots become the norm. It’s either a far off time yet or maybe it’s soon. I can’t be certain yet but I’m looking forward to it.

  • Who should own and use robots?

    For now, I do not see any reason why anyone shouldn’t be able to own and use robots. (Unless, we’re talking about weaponized robots. That’s a different story altogether.) At some point, though, I believe it will be as important to register robots as we do now with cars and other motor vehicles.

  • Should we try to govern their production and use?

    As for production and use, we should try to regulate them. At some point. Though, I don’t believe we’re already at that point. At least, not yet.

  • What might be the consequences of misuse?

    There could be too many consequences for misuse. Too many to write down, in fact.

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