Should we fear personal robots?


This is the first in a three part series on autism and technology. Both entities are on a collision course that will radically change our lives. We begin the series by examining why there is an element of fear in society about robots and having them in our daily lives. Technology is evolving at lightning speed, bringing us closer to the day-to-day reality of making robots perform all kinds of tasks, from daily tasks to health care in everyday life. our homes. Are we ready for such a monumental change in society?

Part I

The conversation comes up again and again – regardless of location. Many people have a very real sense of fear and fear related to robots invading their lives. Similar to popular Star Wars movies, the imaginations go to the outer limits where no man dared to venture. It may be time to remind everyone to relax, because robots will not invade the world or move millions of workers. The technology is really in its infancy, with limited capabilities at this stage. However, advancement is a linear process where simple robotic assignments are initially mastered before moving on to more complex tasks. From the point of view of development, we are still far from having a technology that simulates human executive functioning and socialization. We are however closer to having robotic assistants capable of performing a number of tasks deemed impossible.

To get an idea of ​​the robot-related anxiety in our daily lives, it would be prudent to go back to the story. . During the early years of the twentieth century, Henry Ford invented the Model T. The objective of Mr. Ford was to build a reliable and affordable vehicle that could meet the human needs of the common. Ostensibly, it achieved this goal as 15 million vehicles sold between 1908 and 1927, when the model was abandoned. Above all, we must not neglect the introduction of the assembly line, which revolutionized the production of work.

We can safely assume that there was a huge emotional upheaval with the automobile disrupting sales for the horse and buggy industry. Jobs were indeed at stake, yet the company has adapted to these changes in the industry and many have prospered because of the new economy. In addition, the assembly line had to cause a lot of consternation, because the pressure to "mass produce" undoubtedly encountered resistance. The agenda was the cultural shock that shook up everyday life in 1908. Yet society has gone from fear of new technology to worry, gradually gaining trust and confidence in the first version of the automobile.

The massive changes affecting the way we live, work and interact are always afraid and uncertain. There are many unanswered questions about robots and how they will work among us, and what autonomy they actually possess. These are concerns that programmers must address in the quest to design machines that increase our personal productivity and improve the quality of life. We would be better able to find ways to use robots to help the elderly, the disabled, the elderly suffering from Alzheimer's and other vulnerable members of society

. Our apprehensions are natural and many questions remain. problems such as employment, security and privacy. However, adopting myopic vision does not mitigate the serious challenges facing the growth of the adult autistic population. The world in which they enter as adults is indeed filled with perils and uncertainties, but also unprecedented opportunities. The introduction of technology into the lives of underserved members of the community can bring tremendous fulfillment, hope and changed fortunes. Importantly, the same tenuous climate of change existed in 1908. We have the choice to be paralyzed by fear, or to make the leap of faith necessary to embrace the future.


Source by George David Williams

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