The first question people tend to ask when they find out you are a roboticist is, “When are robots going to take over the world and become our masters?” The answer to this question is a big “Never!”
With so much press around Google’s acquisition of DeepMind (which I wrote about here and here) and the establishment of an ethics board (a good thing in my opinion). I thought I would highlight some text from one of the dominant textbooks in the field of Artificial Intelligence; AI: A Modern Approach.
At the Xconomy Forum held in Palo Alto earlier this week, the focal topic was “Robots Remake the Workplace.” It was expected that the jobs issue would permeate the event. Do robots take away jobs? Instead, what was evident to all in the room was that all the speakers were in the new Service Robotics sector of the industry and they were all creating new jobs.
Verizon and GE have produced television advertisements that include robots. The ads are playing frequently and nationally. They are good, they’re being talked about and tweeted, audiences like them, and they are great promotional pieces for the robotics industry. The ads are indicative of PR and advertising agencies’ growing awareness that people are becoming at ease with robots in their everyday life, hence the inclusion in their advertisements.
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John Markoff, senior writer for The New York Times, questioned a number of attendees at Automate 2013, regarding the recent 60 Minutes segment and the general concern over an increase in the use of robots meaning higher unemployment. His one-word summary of their collective response was “Fiddlesticks!”