Robots today- tiffany leung

This week’s discussion about Industrialization and Robots has some really controversial elements to it and when reading more about robotic innovations, there is plenty of politics involved. One of the main questions raised is “To What Extent?” How far should we develop artificial intelligence before they are indistinguishable from humans? To what extent should we allow robots to take over jobs that humans do. And at what point is technology more of a threat than a helping hand?

arm wrestling with a robot
arm wrestling with a robot

From the time we were little kids to today, technology has advanced faster than ever with almost everything we do being somewhat computerized, just like sitting in lecture and having a digital presentation be the main attraction, or when we walk to class listening to iPods or talking on cell phones. Scientists are always designing things that we never thought was possible, robots and machines that create art forms are a great example. In Walter Benjamin’s essay, the part about works of art being valued in different terms, cult value versus exhibition value, stood out to me. For the most part, I think that the cult interpretation stands as the most important view of a piece of art- the way the owner interprets the piece and the personal importance of the work of art. However, i think that society’s overall interpretation for art- an almost absolute exhibition value- derives from the fast and large communication network we currently live with. The function of art forms has certainly adapted to value the exhibition worth of the piece, so the approval of the masses is more important to the society than the personal worth of it.

Today’s stage of robot innovation is a lot like the futuristic movies from decades ago in the sense that robots are the closest they have ever been to being human. When you search Robots on YouTube, there is a plethora of videos of robots that dance, hold conversations, and even create art. This video shows a robot’s drawing versus an average person’s drawing.

The precision of the robot versus the person’s inaccuracy is very evident and says a lot about the uses of robots and how their presences has/is going to affect people who have been/can be replaced by machines and robots. Examples of humanized robots being receptionists and hosts already seems to be replacing their human counterparts in some parts of the world. This actually really reminds me of the conversion from human telephone operators toward talking to a computerized systems for assistance. This seems to be the norm now, for instance, when you call your wireless company or your insurance provider, there is a computer taking your verbal requests and forwarding the calls to the right department. I’m sure those computer programs have replaced numerous jobs that actual people had in the past. Since I’ve been taking econ and accounting classes this quarter and considering a career in business and financing, and I can’t help but wonder what would happen to the economy if robots were to take over even more jobs that millions of people have now. Maybe it might push more people to pursue higher educations to be able to get the higher end jobs that require actual people skills. One might think that the economy would thrive on the accuracy and quickness of the machines so production of most products would soar higher than ever. This would certainly NOT happen since those robots would be taking over the INPUT part of the economy, taking the incomes from countless households and therefore taking money away from the economy.

While doing some research, I came across this blog site that brought up current stories that involved technology and mainly robot innovations. check it out if you have time!


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