Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Speaking of Robots...

Lately there have been a few stories about bad robots.

From the Tesla driver who was killed by running into a semi. The driver was going so fast that when he went through the truck trailer the driver didn't even see him. Certainly, a setback for automated automobiles.

In Russia, an AI robot kept escaping the lab and is now being considered for decommission. Promobot IR77 is designed to be a concierge or sales person and can remember every person it has ever met and help with sales requests, directions, tourism, etc.. At the lab, a technician left a gate open and the white metal robot made a break for it ending up stranded in traffic because its batteries ran out half way across the street. The AI program was scrubbed and replaced, but Promobot made another break for it leading creators to contemplate scraping the escape artist. Maybe it's just too smart for the lab.

And robots may not like small children.

Stanford Shopping Center's 5-foot-tall, 300-pound Knightscope security robot knocked down and ran over a 16-month-old boy at the shopping center. The robot is designed to look out for environmental changes and known criminals, but apparently toddlers aren't on its radar. Thankfully, Knightscope is not weaponized and only reports on suspicious incidents.

The robot comes equipped with "multiple high-definition cameras for 360-degree vision, a thermal camera, a laser rangefinder, a weather sensor, a license-plate recognition camera, four microphones, and person recognition capabilities." But apparently, it needs to work on kid-recognition software.

Are we on our way to some crazy scifi Terminator movie? Everything we own comes with some kind of sensor from our garage door openers to our food-tracking refrigerators, we are surrounded by technology designed to make our lives easier and safer. Should all AI robots be programmed with Asimov's three laws of robotics (1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.)?

While it is great that robots will make our lives easier (hopefully), do you think robots will take over all the minimum wage jobs?  Apparently, they will be our security guards and sales clerks. McDonald's is automating its stores in Europe where there is a higher minimum wage. Do you think you will see AI doctors and nurses in your lifetime? How about teachers? What is your major? Do you think you might be replaced by a robot?

14 comments:

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  2. At this point in time, technology is growing at an exponential rate. Technology is becoming apart of our every day lives. Sooner or later, there may be a chance where robots start becoming a lot more independent and smart. With this being said, robots today are only used for simple tasks, and they are already causing havoc in their surroundings. As technology begins to progress, it may be mandatory to utilize Asimov's 3 laws of robotics.Technology is more than capable of creating robots that can take over minimum wage jobs, or even six figure jobs for that matter. Maybe not in our lifetime, but deep into the future, technology holds the ability to make anything possible, and a nursing profession may very well be within a robotic arm's grasp.

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  3. I don't believe that robots will be able to take over ALL minimum wage jobs but they will definitely take over a majority. For example, I don't think they would be able to take over the job I have at the moment. I'm a sales floor associate and a cashier. I don't see a robot being able to pick up clothes from the floor, find a hanger for them and place them in the proper area. As for my cashier job, super markets have allowed robots to take over peoples jobs (self checkout) but my job as a cashier is to ring people up, fold their clothes, and ask them if they want to apply for our stores credit card. The only part where a robot would be able to take over is with payment. I know in the medical field we do rely on machines to help out with critical operations so a robot taking over a doctor's job isn't to far fetched, so I think it is a posibiity that we will see Al doctors and nurses in our lifetime. Teachers in a way are already being taking over by robots, at least if you consider computers robots. My major is pre-nursing. Some aspects of my future job could be taken over by robots but as a whole I think we will still be needed. How is a robot supposed to take care of people, give them proper medication, analyze their charts?

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  4. WOW! This article was very interesting. I feel like there is a possibility that these robots could take over minimum wage jobs, forcing America into another industrial revolution creating robots. I had no idea that technology was even to the point where we could create intelligent robots that could respond like humans. It will be interesting to see if there is a social stigma towards robots, considering them as lesser beings. Is there a possibility humans will use the robots like slaves? Maybe another revolution between robots verses humans for civil rights. There are endless possibilities for scientific horror stories for sure, lets just say I'm a little worried for the future.

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  5. How amazing to know our world is becoming so high tech with robots that even now around the world they are security guards at shopping malls. Yes, I do believe these robots could potentially take over minimum wage jobs, which is quite scary if you ask me. What would happen then? Matter of fact, can we even trust these robots? The fact, Promobot was SMART enough to attempt escaping two times, amazes me. What are these robots capable of, could they eventually take over everything? It's crazy to even imagine that but it's questions that need to be discussed if and when robots continue being made. I believe if they do take over these minimum wage jobs, we will have even more people becoming doctors and nurses. Im undeclared, but my options are sticking near anything in the teaching field, so these robots can potentially take my job. Even now with technology taking over classrooms, robots could easily take teacher's jobs away too.

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  6. Knowing that our world is becoming more and more technologically dependent is kind of scary. We are putting so much dependence on them that we will not be able to even do anything in the future. Robots would be taking over everything like jobs. How are we as humans supposed to make money? I do not understand why we feel the need to make life even more easier when life is already easy as it is with the technology we have now. As said in the article, some robots malfunction, so what were to happen if the world was ran by robots? Where would we even fit in if that were to happen. We would become completely useless because we let robots run our lives just because we wanted an easier way of life.

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  7. The idea of robots being smart enough to escape labs and start roaming in the streets is both intriguing and terrifying. I don't think that robots will take over all minimum wage jobs, but there are some that I'm sure robots can get done a lot faster and more efficiently. Jobs like fast food service, cashiers, and even janitors can get completely taken over by robots in the future. I think it might be possible for robots to take over teacher's jobs. These days a lot of schooling can be done online, so a robot could probably get the job done. I don't think I'll be seeing any robot doctors in my lifetime. Jobs that include dealing with delicate subjects such as health should be left to the human touch to get done right. My major is Pre-Nursing and I'm not just saying this because it's my field, but robots lack the empathy and gentle touch that a human can provide in the healthcare industry. Robots can't comfort people when they're feeling down or be gentle enough with patients while giving shots or simply checking blood pressure. Robots should leave Nursing to the humans.

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  8. Robots might make things easier, but I don’t believe that they will take over all the minimum wage jobs. Why would people want a robot to replace them, when that’s their job where they’re making money? I don’t think I’ll see robot doctors or nurses in my lifetime. My major is pre nursing and I don’t think I will be replaced by a robot. Although they can remember everything they encounter, it’s different than an actual human being. Some robots might seem cool and interesting, but it doesn’t mean they should overpower the human race and their positions.

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  9. Well robots are definitely making their break through. After reading so many articles about them and hearing all the new machines scientists have come up with, it kind of makes me wonder how soon they want to actually put robots on the streets. Yes, robots are cool and they're a new thing kind of like how our smart phones are now but there is still a huge possibility of them malfunctioning and possibly harming us . Maybe by the time my generation is a lot older scientists will have figured out these malfunctions.

    The idea of robots taking our minimum wage jobs is frightening. Many people rely on those jobs to help them through school, bills, and putting food on the table. If robots replaced us in these jobs them many would be out of work.

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  10. In my opinion, I think having robots in our society is terrifying and dangerous yet fascinating as well. From watching robot movies taking over the world and destroying humans gave me the mindset that they can be a great fit and then later becoming dangerous machines. What makes it terrifying is that I do think they might eventually take over all the minimum wage jobs, leaving us without any jobs left. It also makes our generation look lazy, as if we will just leave all the hard jobs towards the robots. What would we all end up doing then? Although it sounds nice having robots doing the handy work at home such as cooking, cleaning, then we’d be just at home all day doing nothing at all. I do see AI doctors, nurses, and teachers, happening if technology does advance in the near future. I am a Nursing major and I think that if we create the smartest most beneficial robot that can carry the knowledge of what nurses can do, that job may be replaced by them.

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  11. I find it pretty ironic how far along we've come in terms of expanding and improving technology. It seems that with each passing year, technology has something new to offer us. However, I feel that humans are beginning to rely too much on technology and expect it to do everything for them. Yes it is true that some robots can get things done more quickly and efficiently in comparison to a human, but I don't think that they should take charge of everything that you do in life. In addition, it's pretty scary when you think about just how close we are to creating superhuman robots that may pose a threat to humanity. I do believe that robots make the completion of certain tasks easier, but I do not believe that they need to become more like us. I feel that despite the advancement of technology with each passing year continues to grow, I don't expect for AI doctors and nurses to exist for about another 100 years or so. In order for there to be AI doctors and nurses, they first have to learn how the human mind works. I'm a pre-clinical Health Science major hoping to become a doctor one day, and I don't think I will be replaced by a robot anytime soon. There are just certain areas that I feel have to be left in the hands of humans and not in the hands of a machine. We've been around much longer than technology has and although it has made life for us easier, we cannot allow it to take us over. We created technology, but we also have to power to put a stop to it before it's too late.

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  12. I personally believe implanting robots/humanoids in our everyday lives would be more so beneficial than problematic. The idea of having the assistance of a intelligent human figure, that is not really human, can lead our society into a bright future. Living in a technological age, advancements are happening everyday to help improve our lives and make things easier. I do not think robots will necessarily "take away our jobs" but will help create more in the sense that more people will need to create, monitor, and be involved with these robots. Overall, I think this is a step in the right direction and that humanoids soon become a normal and usual thing to have in our society.

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  13. I think that in my lifetime, because of automation, all jobs that are below a threshold of creativity will in the future be taken over by robots or some automated program that is like a robot. My major is not threatened because it needs creativity to be done properly. I feel that it will be some time before robots can emulate creativity successfully.

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  14. I can't help but think about the movie "iRobot" when reading this. I might be a paranoid nut, but it's scary that humanity may actually allow the assimilation of robots into everyday societal interactions. I understand programming robots to be able to detect threats and for other security purposes, but McDonald's? I just don't see the good and/or the point of that. Don't get me wrong, I think it's amazing that humanity has come so far as to being able to turn science fiction into reality, but there's a point where the possibility of error outweighs how much "easier" robots can make our lives. This is literally the start of every single movie about robots taking over the world where the only ones to blame are human beings for creating them. As for people losing their jobs to robots, I understand why employers may find it to be a more economical choice to employ a robot and all ... but McDonald's? Really? I don't know, maybe I'm just too skeptical, but I honestly believe that just because science can make something possible doesn't mean that it should. Most things in moderation are fine, but too much of anything, except vitamins, are usually never good.

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