Robotics, an abomination or breakthrough for mankind?
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In five to ten years, where will our roles in society lie? Within the hands of the very technology we have developed, or will robots simply be of aide to us in completing our day-to-day activities and immensely assist us in the development of our economy? It is ultimately up to our younger, tech savvy generations to decide in which direction we will head...
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Japan Had an Army of Robots, but Not One Could Help Fix Fukushima

Japan Had an Army of Robots, but Not One Could Help Fix Fukushima | Robotics, an abomination or breakthrough for mankind? | Scoop.it
Japan has baseball-playing bots, mechwarriors, and a quarter million industrial robots. But it didn't have anything that could help with a nuclear meltdown.
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This article supports the advantageous aspect of the existence of robotics. According to Brian Merchant, the writer of the article, Japan was recently effected by a nuclear crisis in the city of Fukushima. This was not able to be resolved by any of the robots Japan had at hand and were forced to request the assistance of the US and borrow their robots to amend the issue. 

 

This story is relevant to the fact that Japanese engineers were severely injured when attempting to fix the reactors, however robots were highly efficient in assisting with the matter at hand, and could take the risk in place of the workers.

 

It is therefore safe to say that robots are mandatory in the world in the overcoming of such tasks and prove to be quite useful. They are able to take the place of humans in dangerous scenarios and be of prevention to deaths or serious injury.

 

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Let the robots become furniture! - Jamaica Gleaner

Let the robots become furniture! - Jamaica Gleaner | Robotics, an abomination or breakthrough for mankind? | Scoop.it
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The Government could soon be going after robot taxi operators who are pulling in thousands of dollars each week without paying any taxes.
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Again, another article portraying the extraordinary ascendance of robotics within society. In the very near future, worldwide governments may most likely implement the use of robot taxi drivers who will claim the role of many employees, and thereby deprive them of their jobs.

 

Although this may be perceived as an innovative stance by some, robots being deployed into jobs such as taxi driving will forcibly strip many employees of careers which they have been devoted to, and making a living from, for a majority of their lives. The thoughts of the writer of this article, when headlining "Let the robots become furniture!", are that robots shouldn't be implemented into jobs which humans can currently perform. 

 

But the opposing argument is that robots will be able to "relieve" us of our jobs, and allow us to seek new career opportunities which they cannot do at the time; therefore rendering our economy more efficient in its growth and sustenance. Just as in the past, when fields were cultivated by animals which were manned by farmers, they became obsolete in this task and were replaced by machinery such as tractors. However, this allowed the farming industry to become more productive and additonally opened many more pathways to other jobs.

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All Sciences Lead to Robotics

All Sciences Lead to Robotics | Robotics, an abomination or breakthrough for mankind? | Scoop.it

Ever since the stories of Isaac Asimov, robotics had long been restricted to the imagination. Although it had been unclear in the past, the present state of technology shows that robotics has becom...


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The article brings up an interesting perspective of the reality and inevitability of the rise of robots, in the not to distant future, who will live amongst us and be our lifelong companions. Many believe that robotics is the forefront of the evolution of technology, opening up many more business opportunities and becoming available for use in many real-world applications.

 

The relevance of this article is appropriate as it underlines the beneficial importance of the robotics sector and its immense contribution to the development and conservation of our economy in the years to come.

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High school students learn computer, engineering skills from statewide ... - Detroit Free Press

High school students learn computer, engineering skills from statewide ... - Detroit Free Press | Robotics, an abomination or breakthrough for mankind? | Scoop.it
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About 5,000 high school students from 207 teams in Michigan are expected to participate in this year's FIRST Robotics Competition.
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This article features the recent statewide robotics event in the US which attracted the participation of 5000 high school students who build robots and compete against eachother in an attempt to win a spot in the 64-team state championship.

 

This shows the impact of which robotics has made on humanity  and it's presence in many competitive activities such as stated in this article. Robotics has evidently become a major part of our culture and is at the centre of innovation in many coutries across the globe.

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Human Rights Watch calls for a ban on ‘killer robots’ before they are fully deployed

Human Rights Watch calls for a ban on ‘killer robots’ before they are fully deployed | Robotics, an abomination or breakthrough for mankind? | Scoop.it
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The reverse side of the coin with regards to robotics; this article denotes the disadvantages of autonomy-based robots in the military and how their coexistence in human society is a potential threat.

 

The US military is supposedly working towards the outcome of fully autonomous drones, which are currently kept under supervision. Nonetheless, it would only take a minor bug in the programming of these drones, or a situation where the drone cannot properly compute a scenario, for civilian casualties to occur; therefore violating human rights.

 

Robots are merely a product of human development and generally don't pertain the cognitive skills of a human, and at this stage, should not be solely entrused with the role of dismembering enemy personnel.

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Live from Expand: Robots, Lasers and Replicators: Making Science ...

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Science fiction? Or science fact? We explore the connection between fantastical technologies of the past and their real world analogs, along with.
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This article features a video based on the topic of whether or not the ideology of robotics in our society was derived from the past viewings of science fictional novels and movies, such as The Terminator, iRobot, Real Steel, or maybe Robocop. If so, are people attempting to apply their background and technological expertise in order to bring their beloved fantacies from the past to life in the real world? 

 

This topic of matter is for the future to decide, in conjunction with the intellectual minds which are currently amidst our society. With the tools and technology at hand, the prospect of a world which revolves around robotics is only restricted by our imagination and ability to bring our ideas to life.

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