Research Blog #8

Summary: This talk was on Mar 2016 in ted talk by Jonathan Rossiter. He is an engineer, and he is making robots. In this talk, Jonathan tried to explain his idea which talks about how we can use robots to reduce pollutions. He illustrated some problems such as oil and algae inside the sea and how we can designed robots for this environment in small details. In fact, the talker designed robots by taking the characteristics of organisms. For example, he used the characteristics of basking shark to swim in the sea and eat the pollution as the real fish or shark. These robots can be controlled by people by seeing the amount of pollution the robot was reduced. This some idea of the robots future!
  • All this talk was really interesting, but the most interesting part is how the robots will have the energy and what if they stop working? Jonathan explain these details by saying that “It’s got a brain, it’s got a body and it’s got a stomach. It needs the stomach to create the energy.”, and “The second component might be the stomach. We need to get the energy into the robot and we need to treat the pollution, so the pollution goes in, and it will do something. It’s got a cell in the middle here called a microbial fuel cell. I’ll put this down, and I’ll lift up the fuel cell.”. In addition, when the robot die it will be nothing as the talker said in this quit, “Just spread them around. You know that at the end of their lives, they’re going to degrade to nothing.” Finally, I chose these quotes as interesting quotes because while I am listening to him I asked these questions to myself before I know the answers.

Robots won’t kill the workforce. They’ll save the global economy.

Summary: This article was written on December 2, 2016, by Ruchir Sharma, chief global strategist at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, is the author of “The Rise and Fall of Nations: Forces of Change in the The Post-Crisis World”. It talks about what will happen in the world on 2050, which the population will rise from 7.3 billion to nearly 10 billion. As a result, the robots is the one thing that can protect the global economy from the dangers that lie ahead. For example, In the Group of Seven, the world’s top industrial countries, unemployment has fallen faster than expected in the face of weak economic growth, and faster than in any comparable period since at least the 1970s. The Japanese economy is growing at 0.8 percent, yet it is at full employment. According to my research, the job picture has been particularly strong in Germany, Japan, and South Korea — the industrial countries that employ the most robots. Finally, for much of the world, robots will stand alongside immigrants, women and the elderly as a fourth pool of labor.

  • The surprising thing in this article is the relationship between population and robots dealing with the economy As the author said at the beginning of the article “we’re more likely to treasure robots than to revile them. They may be the one thing that can protect the global economy from the dangers that lie ahead.”. I chose this quotes because I thought the relationship it will be opposite like if the population increase we need more jobs for them, but I was wrong because if population increase we will need to increase the outcome of food, material, and clothes.. etc
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