The modern technology is, in a nutshell, aimed at making our lives easier. Creating machines to harvest crops, build cars, create other machines and even save lives – robotics is at the forefront of replacing human labor with machine. Can robotics truly change lives? Will cybernetics be the future of mankind? Will machines remain our slaves forever? Find out in our special series “Robotics and Beyond: Machine Future”.
Factories in India are seeing their own “rise of the machines” as robots increasingly substitute for the low-cost human labor force. Robots, capable of working twice as fast and without the mistakes inherent in human labor, are doing a number on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plans to put impoverished Indians to work.
Computer scientists have been trying to creative smarter, more capable programs and, to an extent, robots, since the birth of the computer technology. It’s one thing to program something that takes cues from the operator and another to watch something operate on their own.
You've probably heard the old Latin phrase "If you want peace, prepare for war". Opponents of this idea understandably argue that it breeds unnecessary militarization, facilitates arms races and generally propels the society to a more tense state with resources being spent on the military, instead of peaceful development.
The basic automatons, or robots, or however you call the machines that were created to perform a particular task as predetermined by the creators or as a reaction to a particular stimuli – well, these machines are extremely limited in their capacity.