Everything You Need to Know About Robots...

Posted 29 Nov 2007 at 23:30 UTC by steve Share This

Daniel Wilson, author of "How to Survive a Robot Uprising" has written a short essay for Wired titled "Everything I Need to Know About (Real) Robots I Learned From Transformers". Daniel thinks that real robots, like Transformers won't care about humans one way or the other. They won't be HAL 9000, out to kill us, or the infantile robots of Star Wars, ready to be our friendly companions. They'll transcend and ignore humans rather than imitate them. Daniel also points out a few modern robot projects he thinks may have been inspired by Autobot or Decepticons.

Dependents, posted 2 Dec 2007 at 12:25 UTC by motters » (Master)

I doubt that robots will be oblivious to humans, at least for the foreseeable future, since they will be heavily dependent upon us. Robots which ignore human presence will be unlikely to sell well. Ultimately I think robot will transcend humans, but that time may be a long way off.

Yes, it's an old worn out saying, but..., posted 2 Dec 2007 at 12:38 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

I for one welcome our robot overlords!

So, is "robot overlords" ironic or oxymoronic? Like when our new robotic overlords figure out the connotation of the word "robot" (servant/slave) will they be offended? What will then be our fate? Will we become the new robots? Roger?: We are the robots!

SUPER FIGHTING AUTOMOTON, posted 4 Dec 2007 at 15:20 UTC by MDude » (Journeyer)

I'm more interested in seeing their reaction to the massive body of literature about them. It'll be the first time a group is stereotyped before the even exist. :)

I think most artificial intelligences will be able to understand that the word "robot" has come to be used for things other than what it was used for in R.U.R. The opinion robots have of us will probably vary greatly, it's not like they'd just conform to popular opinion like a bunch of... Oh, wait, nevermind.

Mechanical Caring, posted 5 Dec 2007 at 13:26 UTC by kuka » (Journeyer)

Cool article. I tend to agree with Wilson’s thoughts about future robots. He writes, “With their blatant disregard for people, Transformers burned into my psyche the idea that robots didn’t have to depend on – or be limited in the same ways as – humans.”

This makes me think of the work of researcher Sami Haddadin . In the industrial world, we are constantly reminded that robots can be dangerous, that they aren't aware of and don't care about the human workers around them. Robots can unknowingly pummel or trap human workers. Thankfully, advancements in safeguarding technology and requirements make incidents like that increasingly rare. Haddadin’s industrial robot arm is the first of its kind – equipped with sensors that react when they come into contact with humans.

Even so, this invention hasn’t made the robot care about whether or not they hit a human. It’s purely mechanical. Wilson’s got it right. Robots aren’t limited like humans – they don’t have the emotional connection. I guess this brings up a number of philosophical questions about what makes consciousness – what exactly self-perception is, etc. etc.

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