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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Robotic Engineering

Robotic engineering is increasing at mind boggling rates. How long before we have such things as domestic appliances. How quickly will the new upgrades start coming out as we quickly replace them the way we do mobile phones or computer tablets?

I can imagine them with their own mobile phone systems. You'll ring home and it will answer. You'll tell it what you want for dinner and it would have done all the chores. We will become even more lazy. They might have agricultural ones ploughing fields and picking crops. Where will it stop and what will we do? Devote ourselves to scientific or artistic past times? Yes everything sounds Hunky Dory or will it be?

Even out in Space they could be used. We were talking about mining asteroids and using them as vehicles in space or extracting minerals from them. Rather than use astronauts in such a hazardous enterprise, how about robots? We could reduce the risk and it all seems very probable that this type of solution will be used.

Again, robotics make the possibility of many tasks we perform even more remote. The benefits of such machines could be tremendous. The amount of unemployed looks even worse however. A vast amount of the population will need to be motivated or we could all drift into a state of apathy.

I find the above YouTube clip exciting and also potentially scary. Not the machines, but they way mass populations would become because of them being domestic appliances, which I sincerely believe will happen. I think if we do not adjust ourselves to the potential pit falls, we could ruin our society for some considerable time.

Out on the fringe would be great; like mining or space exploration in hazardous areas. This I see as positive, but that trend of domestic reliability is the one that makes me wobble.

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