When ‘The Terminator’, the acclaimed movie of James Cameroon came out in 1984, we were not much accustomed to watching robots on big screens. However, the movie drew the attention of sci-fi fans, and helped them understand more on a relatively new concept “robotics.”
The history of robotics dates back to the mid of early twentieth century, when the notion of a humanoid machine was developed in areas colonized by Europeans. Later in 1954, George Devol invented the first digitally operated and programmable robot, laying the foundation of the modern robotics industry. Since then, scientists and researchers were fervently working on the idea of industrial robots that could perform manufacturing tasks which would allow production with less need for human assistance.
Today, one can’t deny the fact that it was the mainstream media that pervaded the concept of robotics among the masses. Today, from the school students to the aging senior citizens know about robotics and its characteristics because of their continuous appearance on our mainstream media. But what makes robotics an exciting topic for the general public? And why is it ahead of every other tech-trend? To understand the significance of robotics, one needs to envisage how it contributes to the progression of human societies.
As we are constantly striving to make our processes quicker and efficient, robotics designed to work alongside humans can contribute exponentially for the development of our human societies. Take the example of service robots, basically known as field robots to public. They are entrusted with the total responsibility of performing a service to a human being—such as cleaning the floor and taking care of your household activities . They are cheaper in rates and easily affordable as opposed to the manufacturing or healthcare robots. While they provide us real-value helping humans finish the small tasks of household, military robots, most high-tech and important robots used today, saves lives performing extremely dangerous tasks without endangering humans. That’s not all of robots; they are in different shapes and sizes with the only aim: Supporting Human Endeavors. Today, from conducting marine research to performing surgeries in hospitals, we collaborate with different types of humanoid machines to make the process easier; ensure precision, and accuracy in their actions.
Yet, we are not happy with the advancements in robotics technology as we fear that they will displace us on job tasks in the coming years. But it’s not the reality. Though we employ them in every aspect of life to improve our quality of life and develop our economy, they are not capable of enslaving their masters.
An article in MIT technology review sheds light on this topic with the support of real-facts. It state that “while the raw abilities of these computers have improved at an exponential rate over many years of magnitude, the rates at which human jobs have been replaced have remain modest and relatively constant. This is reasonably because human jobs vary enormously in the computing power required to do these jobs adequately.”
However, a future led by robots couldn’t be in place as they can’t fit into the social slots that human had previously occupied. Moreover, they can’t function without the assistance of their masters and will be controlled by humans in the years ahead. They will continue to play a significant role in our society but their domination over the humans is a myth sold by media. And if we really care about the future of human civilization, what we have to worry about is not the uprising of robots but the catastrophe of climate change and nuclear war.