The Future with Robots

Robots are coming.  It just seems inevitable that with the advancement of technology, we’re going to have sophisticated machines.  The question is this:

  • are they going to be extremely helpful, or
  • are they going to be humanity’s downfall?

Here’s a non-academic article summarizing the two questions by comparing R2-D2 and C-3PO.  It’s a couple years old, but still spot on, I think.  Here’s a great point:

R2-D2 excels in areas where humans are deficient: deep computation, endurance in extreme conditions, and selfless consciousness. R2-D2 is a computer that compensates for human deficiencies — it shines where humans fail.

C3-PO is the personification of the selfish human — cloying, rules-bound, and despotic. (Don’t forget, C3-PO let Ewoks worship him!) C3-PO is a factotum for human vanity — it engenders the worst human characteristics.

The chart is also humorous.

In short, the conclusion is that if we can a good future with robots, we shouldn’t anthropomorphize them.  Let the robots be robots.

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About shaunmiller

I am a Ph. D student at Marquette University. The primary purpose of this blog is to get my ideas out there, and then have other people scrutinize, critique, build upon, and systematize beliefs. This blog will sometimes pertain to what I'm learning in my classes, but it will occasionally deal with non-classroom issues that I'm thinking about as well.
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