Are We Ready for Robophobia?
Posted 21 Mar 2005 at 20:34 UTC by steve
In a Tech
Central Station article author Gregory Schoblete writes,
QRIO's green eyes darkening, before suddenly leaping off the stage onto
the throat of the closest onlooker. Before the stunned crowd could
react, QRIO revealed its other tricks: concealed tasers and pepper spray
guns. The blinded and electrified onlookers proved no match for the
relentless QRIO as it cut a swath of destruction toward the exit. When
the authorities finally gunned QRIO down (inside a Best Buy trying to
liberate the DVD players), it had left dozens dead and hundreds wounded
in its wake." From the earliest science fiction accounts of robots
run amok to fears of modern religious conservatives, Schoblete covers the
ever-present robophobia in our society.
How many stories like this have we heard about going robots going
crazy, killing people and taking over the world - Its such a tedious
cliche'. I'll start caring about this sort of thing when it happens.
It's cute and cuddley. What a great ruse for a deadly robot.
So would you rather have cute and cuddley evil robot or an ugly
terminator head likeMorgui to do your demise.
This is really the difference between east and west. In the west robots
tend to be depicted in popular culture as demonic machines hell-bent on
destruction and mayhem, whereas in Japan they are seen in a more
positive light as useful, helpful or just fun.
Have any of you actually met Kevin Warrick? I have, I dont want to put
him down because he's done an awful lot of good things for
cybernetics, but he is a bit a self publicist. That article about the
robot Skull is just publicity. That robot is no more complicated or
evil or dangerous as any other, it just looks menacing. This sort of
issue always bugs me when people see my robots and make silly comments
Yep, I'm sure he didn't expect the reaction he got from his scull head
robot, but it was probably a lesson well learned. It was ironic that
the head was meant to measure people's perception of robots, tho, which
I guess it did but probably not in the way he intended. :-) People
will always make comments about your robot. When they stop, that's
when you should worry. :-)
WRT Kevin "Captain Cyborg" Warwick... I think you'll find that he's an
arsehole. Over and over again he brings our whole field into disrepute
with his ill-thought out and preposterous claims. To see him on TV you
would think that he was the only person at Reading University.
He makes me so angry!!!! e.g.
Although I don't agree with a lot of Captain Cyborg's opinions I like
his style. I met him at an exhibition in Glasgow in 1996, largely
before he became famous (or infamous). I didn't rate his early books at
all, but I enjoyed reading "I, Cyborg".
I remeber a funny lecture I had when I was doing my robotics degree.
Our lecturer told us that proffessor Kevin Warrick was demonstrating
the 7 dwarfs somewhere and he was there too. One of the robots was
behaving sluggishly and the others were swarming around it. Allegedly
Kevin Warrick said it was emergent behaviour happening due to limit
cycles and what have you. My lecturer told us that it was because
actually the batteries on one of the robots was flat. - That made my
whole class laugh when we were told that :-D
I think that human-robot interaction should be encouraged by simple
emmersion. Robots should be given public jobs like reception work,
etc. I personally would love to see a Walmart greeter made of metal,
The problem is that most people don't know any robots, once people got
to know them, they'd find out that they're not all that bad of guys.