Robots, their history is so deep in the time that it goes back to the Ancient Greece, Ancient China, and Ptolemaic Egypt. All of them tried to build self operating machines to aid them in daily chores. But the modern history of robots is not that old, William Grey’s Tortoise and Unimate (a robotic arm developed) by George Devol, set the tone for future progression towards this machine.
We all know something about robots in various capacities. Some find them helpful, others deem them a wastage of wealth and energy. As there are different viewpoints on the usability and utilities of robots there are dozens of definitions about this particular term.
I chose a definition from dictionary.com to help build my argument, it says “any machine or mechanical device that operates automatically with humanlike skill.”
Humans and Robots
In many views, robots possess certain qualities that make them perform tasks better than a human being such as the example of Xenex Robots, Snake, Roomba, and Prospero. But are they made to replace human force?
Majority of the aforementioned robots, at least, perform certain tasks that in their absence were dedicated to humans. After their advent they have taken over the job of a layman and I personally don’t have tad of doubt in my mind about this point.
In a report by NASA, it describes the two points of views. One school of thought believes that robots are the next choice for space exploration missions where humans are less reliant. The second one deprecates this view by saying that robots aren’t the replacement of human as in the times of unexpected events only humans are capable of taking decisions to make things right. The second school of thought proves its point with Skylab (mission).
With the invasion of robots in our culture there are many people I have met who feel feared that one day they will lose the job they rely on to manage their home monthly budget. The matter brings deep concern for me, and I hope it does for you too.
Cost of Robots
Lots of companies, agencies, and institutions including Aldebaran Robotics, Ottawa University, Boston Dynamics, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for Pentagon invest huge amount of money in the research and development of robots that will aid the advancement of technology.
Unlike human labor force robots are one-time-cost for its owner after which their long life and high efficiency will be benefited. As has happened a case recently where Amazon acquired Kiva Systems and its army of robots for its warehouses.
The irony about this whole idea of “humans vs robots” is that it man who develops the robot and in return he gets replaced.
By now you might be wondering I am against the revolutionary advancement of technology in robotics’ discipline but that isn’t true folks. I believe the notion of replacing labor force with machines is a hideous practice, rather these two forces (man and robot) must work side by side for harmonized outcome in future.