Much has been written and talked about robotics. And although for decades names such as Isaac Asimov wrinkled their brain over this ideas, suddenly today’s generation is at the top of a sleeping volcano that could erupt at any moment. Exactly – an industrial revolution, we never have seen before.
Perhaps everybody who is scrolling through Instagram has seen at least one time a four-legged robot that has been pushed by a man but still keeps the balance or technological forums whose scene has a standing female robot face with a lighted head, philosophizes about the future of mankind, or a robot on two legs running, crouching and jumping stumps. Even more interesting is that every day new videos are coming out of the web showing all kinds of robots. Walking, talking, cooking, flying and doing so many different acts, we barely believe. And, of course, the more the videos, the more the interest in robots is growing.
What can they do? How? How fast? Are they better off people? Can they talk? Can day do this or that…
And while IT technologies thrive, some people are fighting for their lives. Others try to save the world from global warming or pollution, and others try to mix as much as possible the mess. Not to mention the hysteria that is created alongside this whole new industry of walking machines. How many million people will be out of work? What will they do? How they will live? Lots of empty questions? Needless hysteria.
The last thing that machines will damage with their existence are the workplaces. We have a lot of concerns we have to consider before we even start to panic. First, we need to calculate the manufacturing process. Will this work be environmentally sustainable? The materials from which it is made, can they be recycled, after all, it will not be only metal and plastic. And a bunch of other issues related only to the production process. What about the software? Lots of unanswered questions. We only see the finished product, but what is the price for it?
And as long as there is unnecessary tension, no one actually tells you that this robot`s cost (at least at this point in time) is way too high and you have absolutely no return on investment. Second, the price-quality ratio is not only determined by what it can do but also how long. Can it “acquire new skills”? If a robot breaks, can he fix himself, for example?
Third, no one tells you that the robot cannot actually think. It only mimics, recreates certain actions that someone has programmed in it and is actually far from doing any action beyond what it is designed for. For example, to go ahead, understand there are objects around or simply to prepare coffee, do the dishes.
Fourthly, no one tells you when and how a robot will acquire at least some elemental energy independence for at least a few hours, say from morning to dusk, without having to drag all sorts of cabels behind him.
Fifth and most important, what if a robot falls on someone? What damage can it cause? However, let us not exclude the three laws of mechanics. There are way more situations that a robot can do damage than do something useful, by this very moment in the history of androids.
Yes, it is good to say that before the robots get involved, cars will probably start moving without the need for a pilot. The planes too. Ships too. Probably the entire logistics industry will go to autopilot. What will all these professionals do then? Will they start programming robots? Hardly.
Things will happen step by step. Sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly but still gradually. We have the opportunity to anticipate the course of the future and hope that our heads still have the right questions.
Thank you for reading.