Saturday, June 23, 2018

Humanoids and the Future

Humanoid is a word that describes a robot that resembles a human. They can work in industry and have the capability of humans. They can walk, turn, jump, run, climb ladders. At present, the robots are on wheels but this will change in the near future, physically there will be little difference between them and humans. So begins the article on humanoids in the Kyeongyang magazine by a Korean university professor of computer technology.

As the whole area of robotics continues to develop there is a need to know the changes and how to solve the problems that will arise. An English drama  'The Humans' is showing the viewers the new situations we will face. They can golf better than a pro, perform surgeries better than doctors and behave better than mothers and fathers in the home, which gives rise to complications. In the drama, we find that the humanoids are better liked than the family members.

In the beginning, the robots were helpers and did what humans didn't want to do, however, the day is coming when they will do what humans want to do and do it better. We can tell ourselves we are emotional beings, creative, which the robots can't achieve. Sophia a humanoid developed by the Hanson Robotics company in Hong Kong has 62 different emotional expressions and in the future, their emotional expressions will vie with the best of actors and actresses. In method acting (the actor does not play the character but becomes the character), this may be easier for the humanoid.

In Japan, a robot has written their first novel. The technology is present to give life to a person who has died in a humanoid form with all his characteristics and with greater knowledge. This was shown recently in the Go contest where the robots easily beat the best human players. The robots are better at diagnosing diseases than doctors, this will be the case in every field.  

On the horizon for some, the Robocalypse where machines take all the jobs. More the fear of losing all the jobs is the change that is coming. We have to have a plan for the future. Bill Gates has suggested the robots be taxed on income. With this income, we can take care of the elderly, education and welfare.

Rather than refute the very abstract post-humanism era, it would be better to talk about robots. What should robots be held to, what are they to be taught what are their areas of work? An American science fiction author Issac Asimov (1942) mentioned three laws that can be summarized: a robot may not injure a human being or allow a human being to come to harm. However, the way humans have developed ways of killing and injuring others the future is gloomy.

Sophia the robot from Hong Kong at the United Nations in an interview was asked what can the UN do for areas of the world where the internet and electricity have not entered. Sophia answered: 'Use artificial intelligence to bring to these areas efficiently energy and food." In the future, it will be difficult to find areas in which humans will do better than the computer.

Already in England, they are using software to judicate small cases of monetary litigation. Computers are neutral in their decisions. He concludes by wondering whether we will be 'worshipping' these humanoids with superior
 intelligence and be submissive to them.

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