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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.
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!
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.
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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