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.

Whatever artificial intelligence can be built, it will be a reflection of humanity itself. Whatever a computer becomes, it is always just whatever its creators (and teachers) make it into. Whether artificial intelligence will be concerning, dangerous, or terrifying even, it will be up to us.

For instance, there was that tweetbot that turned rouge, tweeting racist and other offensive comments. We can say that the manifested behavior was not the intent of its creators. Nevertheless, it turned that way because of its teachers, those people who interacted with it.

More than AI, it’s actually the same for humans: we could teach each other peace or we could teach each other war. Human history says we’ve chosen the latter all this while.

Well, given where we’re at, AI seems pretty concerning.

Humans Need Not Apply

If you think too much, and too wrong about it, it can get plenty scary. Robots are already a reality. They have been for quite a while. Each year, robots become more capable of taking over even more jobs.

Best to learn about them now, learn not to be scared, and learn how to move forward.

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