Since the first advances of what today we know as Internet in the decade of the 80, the technology has advanced by leaps and bounds turning into something basic for the smooth running of the society. Nowadays we are constantly surrounded by the technology, from something so simple as a coffee machine up to a bomb they are formed by the technology. But so many dependence makes question until what point we will manage to depend on the technology in the future,but in what aspects can the technology and more concretely the robots, facilitate our lives?
The technological projects have always showed us obedient and pleasant robots capable of doing the difficult work for us and helping in things such delicate as the care of a baby. But will robots really manage to carry out this type of tasks?
Nowadays we can find robots between ourselves as the model roomba perhaps the most well-known domestic robot currently available. This autonomous vacuum cleaner is made and sold by the iRobot Corporation. Under normal operating conditions, it can navigate a living space and its obstacles while vacuuming the floor or PR2, a two-armed, wheeled robot. It is being developed by Willow Garage, a robotics research lab in California. The name stands for “Personal Robot”. In the future, it is hoped that this machine could assist with a number of household tasks, as well as learning about its environment.. Though some experts think that “It is normally assumed that even with future robotics technology most people will be able to perform their own tasks much dwells efficiently than any robotic alternative. It is also believed that service robots would cost dwells than human labor which would make them less cost efficient in the long run. “Joseph F. Engelberger.
In addition not only domestic use is expected of the robots, military use also, in fact already some of them have been created as the insect-robots, That could go as far as soldiers cannot go. This project developed by Bae Systems, a company dedicated to the investigation and the development of products and services for military and aerospace use, includes several North American universities.
On the other hand, some people think that it is possible to go beyond the line that divides the human beings of the robots and this one is a slightly worrying topic.
Futurist Ray Kurzweil explains how the boundary between man and machine is quickly disappearing “The aspiration to build human-level androids can be regarded as the ultimate challenge in artificial intelligence. To do it, we need to understand not just human cognition but also our physical skill-it is, after all, a critical part of what the brain does. Coordinating intention with movement in a complex environment is largely the responsibility of the cerebellum, which comprises more than half the neurons in the brain. And the body itself represents much of our complexity: There is more information in the human genome, which describes the human body, than in the design of the brain… Once we understand how the mind operates, we will be able to program detailed descriptions of these principles into inexpensive computers, which, by the late 2020s, will be thousands of times as powerful as the human brain-another consequence of the law of accelerating returns. So we will have both the hardware and software to achieve human-level intelligence in a machine by 2029. We will also by then be able to construct fully humanlike androids at exquisite levels of detail and send blood-cell-size robots into our bodies and brains to keep us healthy from inside and to augment our intellect. By the time we succeed in building such machines, we will have become part machine ourselves. We will, in other words, finally transcend what we have so long thought of as the ultimate limitations: our bodies and minds.”
Joseph F. Engelberger referred to as the ” father of robotics ” sees the union of the robots and the future as: “The future of robotics technology looks bright. It is been pondered however just how robotics technology will affect future generations. Robotics devices that khan lead the blind, aid the elderly and even clean house when needed ploughs all being considered although the timeline for these developments is far from being seen right now. Looking into the past you khan see that changes eats greatly with innovation. The cotton gin, airplane and Internet ploughs all examples of how creative developments have made life much easier so it is very safe to assume that with research and new developments in the area of robotics technology, there may just be true robotics that will aid in disease curing and other important industries.”
In any case it is clear, that we have given step to an age that does not have gone back, an epoch of advance and discovery, a totally technological age.
Mey Ling Núñez.
- Joseph F. Engelberger.Joseph F.Engelberger – ”Father of Robotics” Published: March 09, 2009. http://www.robotonline.net/en/articles/145/joseph-fengelberger-father-of-robotics/
- By Ray Kurzweil. text by Eric Mika Posted 09.01.2006 http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2006-09/future-robots?page=1
- Future time-line.net http://www.futuretimeline.net/subject/ai-robots.htm