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The Evolution of Humanoid Robot Companions In Our Homes

by Nicholas West, Activist Post:

As we continue to chart the evolution of humanoid robots, humanity seems to be bypassing ethics over practicality. Robots already have advanced to a point that is leading to serious concern about the economic impact of humans being outsourced to robots for tasks as diverse as service, manufacturing, nursing, housework, yard maintenance and full-fledged agricultural duties. Some are predicting that robots of all types could fully replace humans by 2045. Meanwhile, humanoid robots filled with the latest artificial intelligence could lead to the outsourcing of future soldiers, leading to the literal possibility of robot wars. All of this is occurring as ethicists, governments and citizens scramble to make sense of exactly what type of future we should be looking forward to, and if any boundaries to this type of progress need to be made universal.

One thing is undeniable: the fundamentals of nature are being transformed by technology, which should be at least giving us pause to reflect on what type of relationship we really want to have with our technology.

As the article below from Adeline Chanseau, a PhD Researcher in Human Robot Interaction at the University of Hertfordshire, notes correctly, we have always sought more efficient ways of managing our lives – nearly all people would agree, for example, that a vacuum cleaner has been a wonderful addition to our home. A few less people might find value in having a smartphone, or any of the other “smart” devices which have arguably led to less efficiency by presenting completely new distractions. However, we are now embarking upon a new type of social interaction with robots that at least is beginning to mimic human-to-human interactions. This is especially true when it comes to robot teachers in classrooms, robotic caregivers, and other functions where traditionally we have relied on singular human traits such as sympathy and empathy to guide others in a manner in which we ourselves would wish to be treated through such moments. While we might learn not to think of our smartphone as a robotic companion, it’s not so easy to dismiss a tutor, butler, nurse, or co-worker as anything but something synthetic within our natural world.

Researchers are looking more closely at exactly how human these robot “helpers” should become. Some studies of shown that there is a “creepy” factor with ultra-humanoid robots that actually might hinder one’s willingness to engage with a robotic companion. Other studies clearly show in the area of, say, the bedroom, an increasing number of people are looking for something quite a bit more realistic.

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1 comment to The Evolution of Humanoid Robot Companions In Our Homes

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    Yes, I can see how it can be possible for future robot systems to take over pretty much everything.

    We already have robot assembly lines that put together MORE ROBOTS. We have computer systems that are programmed to write MORE PROGRAMS.

    The day may really come, when robot systems design, build and repair all their own robots and people may die out from disease, etc, but the robots will live forever, rebuilding themselves, mining the basic materials needed to make more of themselves, etc. A bit scary, but also logical.

    If we build and program them with those capacities, then it will be possible.
    Robots can be made to work the gardens & farm production, cook food, clean the house, do the lawn care, and keep you warm in bed at night without spending your credit cards over the limit just to buy shoes or hair styling.

    A VERY good movie (and UPLIFTING sentimental feelings) that touches on this, is called “BiCentennial Man”.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0182789/

    There are many “Robots take over” type of movies (yes, the Terminator movies), but also the Will Smith movie “i robot” was very good too.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0343818/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

    Don’t forget that the FIRST Star Trek MOVIE was about a planet of LIVING Machines, and “V__GER” was a “thinking machine” that was asking THE QUESTION (Why am I here, what is my purpose, WHO is my creator, and “is this all there is, is there nothing more?”)

    That Star Trek Movie, is a parallel story to MANKIND where we begin to grow and ask the SAME questions and go seeking for OUR creator, and we wish to be “carried into heaven” as a “new creature” with expanded understanding and to “transcend” this physical world.

    In the Christian version of the Star Trek: The Motion Picture, mankind needs to seek and to “blend” with, accept “Jesus Christ” as savior and “ambassador-intercessor” between humans and God. In the Star Trek Movie, “V__GER” (living machine version of mankind) needed to “blend-connect” with the human crewman (acting as “ambassador-intercessor”) for V__GER to be able to transcend to a higher level of understanding and be transported in sparkling lights and energy, to the “heaven” it was seeking to be closer to its God.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0343818/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

    The Star Trek Motion Picture tale, is VERY similar to Pinocchio, the little WOODEN boy who is seeking a HIGHER understanding, wants to become a REAL boy, wants to TRANSCEND his Wooden-ness, and is SEEKING truth. Gets help from Jimminey Cricket as his LITTLE VOICE (Jesus Christ) consciousness that whispers truthful, Godly guidance to the boy, who discovers that when he ignores the “J-C” advice, and things go bad. Listen to the “gentle small voice” of love, truth, wisdom, and things get better.

    That is the reason why this story was BANNED in Communist countries because it was seen as a thinly camouflaged story of Christianity=religion.

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