Editor’s Introduction

Facts, some wrong ideas about robots!

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We are in the era of the intelligent robots. At first glance when we hear in the news or when we read a newspaper about robots, and how they will enter our life, we feel we are a scared and concerned about our future. That because we affected of some negative ideas that diffused among the community, or maybe because we are thinking about robots in a dark aspect. I found some sources spread these ideas to the people and to the entire world. For example, we heard about these ideas “Robots will take our job in the future”, “Yes, dear reader, even you will have your job taken away by machines.”, and “We have preconceptions about how an intelligent robot should look and act, and these can blind us to what is already happening around us”. What do you think about these ideas? Do you agree with them? This reading “The Robots Are Coming, but Are They Really Taking Our Jobs?” by Adrienne Lafrance invites you to discover the answer to these questions.

This topic has really raised controversy. If you think about these ideas fast you will directly agree with them and the negative ideas will draw a path in your mind, but if you take minutes before you give an answer, you will say wait, maybe there is a bright side and a solution for this problem, or you will even ask yourself questions such as why are scientist are making these robots with terrible aspects that will affect negatively in the future of our life? In this source, you will see some pieces of evidence and facts about these ideas will appear. I invite you to take a look at it!

Taking care, Can we trust robots?

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Robots will become now more than just regular robots that talk and do what we want such as cleaning and arrangement. They will become an important tool for caring and treatment old people or a person with a disability, and this idea is one of the scientists’ goals they reached. Let’s take this situation; some older people need someone to take care of them all the time. Also, they feel they are lonely and need to talk with anyone about anything. They want to feel free to ask for help without being a burden. In fact, the best one who can take caring is a woman, but with much work for her, inside and outside home, made some weakness or lack to take an addition work like caring for older people. As a result, robots are the best choice to solve this problem. This collection “Lifting the Burden of Women’s Care Work: Should Robots Replace the “Human Touch”?” by Jennifer A. Parks illustrates that but what are some opinion of older people? Are they agree to have a robot at home taking care of them?

Well, I surprised when I read about opinions of older people. They are afraid to have robots taking care of them. But why? What is their strong reason? That what the article “Why Humans Don’t Trust Robots, AI” by David Wagner provide. I know what older feel when they just talk to machines, maybe they will not be happy, and they will feel inferior if we leave them with a robot for a long time without asking them about their selves from time to time. As a result, we need to make a balance between using robots and keeping a human touch in the caring job because we are a human and we have an enthalpy which makes us different from robots. In this spot of caring, I also asked myself about how they can use the robot in a treatment? Well, I think using robots with patients having Autism are a great idea because he will practice speaking with someone, not a human, which lead to developing his or her ability to try to speak with real people!

Can robots be controlled by people?

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It looks like a hard question, but why not? we heard before about how computers will take a lot of jobs from people, but what happen now? Can we make our job without using a computer? Of course, we cannot imagine our work without using computers. Computers add a lot of advantage and make our jobs easier than before. For example, now, we can sort our important files in the computer rather than we have a lot of files in the shelves as what happen in the past.  The article “Why Computers Aren’t Going to Steal Everyone’s Jobs – The Atlantic” by James Bessen encourages you to investigate this argument.

In another hand, the article “Can we control it? Autonomous robots threaten human identity, uniqueness, safety, and resources” by Jakub Złotowski, Kumar Yogeeswaran, and Christoph Bartneck discussed if we can control robots in the future, by using an interesting experiment which included different aspects such as social power, realistic and identity threats, mediating role of threat on prejudice and discrimination and hypotheses. Discover the results by reading it! This article also gives the reader an example of some countries in East Asia that already used robots to work with people and how this experience gave positive results to their countries. Also, it shows how that effects differently from culture to another.

Comparing powers, People VS. Robots

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As we know robots have a strong power at jobs like people. However, if anyone asks you this question: “What do you think, who has more powers robots or people?” Immediately you will say robots. Even me when anyone asks me this question, my answer will be robots have more powers because robots are more safety, and they can produce a lot of items in a short time. But, is this right? Let us think in a different way. What people have and robots don’t have? Well, “Role of expressive behavior for robots that learn from people.” by C Breazeal is a collection in this project offer information about this topic and it mention in this quote: “Today, it is common practice for robots to be taught and evaluated by the same researchers who developed it”, this quote raises a myriad of questions to need to discuss and to explain. In addition, the article thus begins with “Better Than Human: Why Robots Will — and Must — Take Our Jobs”  by Kevin Kelly reflect what robots have better than people and what people have better than robots. For example, it said, “Machines are good and are getting better, but humans excel at overview and improvisation”, okay can we combined powers for human and robots to have strong powers to create a good future? That what you will gonna find after you read this article.

Goal, to work with robots soon. 

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I am now studying system engineering. I chose this major because I dream to make an intelligent system in the future by using robots. I feel robot is a good tool to develop the world. When I made my research about robots vs people, I discovered a lot of things about them, which make me insistent on achieving my dream one day. For example, I discovered how robots are important for difficult jobs like working in the army. As a result, they can be used in the war which will protect a myriad of people from the certain death. The article “The Future of the Army: Fewer Soldiers, More Robots, More ‘Lethality’” by Alexis C. Madrigal shows with interesting details what robots can do in the wars, and how they can move as a real soldier.

Robots can also solve the lack problem in some jobs such as taking care of someone as what we discussed in previous paragraphs. In addition, robots can be used to reduce pollution, which is the biggest problem that the world faces today. I invite you to listen to this Ted Talk “A robot that eats pollution” by Jonathan Rossiter. He talked about robots that have characteristics like real sharks. The author describes the shark robot in this quote “It is got a brain, it is got a body and it is got a stomach. These robots can swim in the sea and clean up the sea or ocean from pollutions such as oil and plastics. It is an interesting source worth to read it. It has small details which answer all your questions about how is it work?

Not only this, it also effects on the economy in a good way. We know the population is increased with the coming years they need more services in a fast way, so the scientist looks at robots as a solution for this problem as this quote shows “We are 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”. For more details this article “Robots won’t kill the workforce. They’ll save the global economy” by Ruchir Sharma shows, seeks and examines how can that increases the economy.

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