Yes, we have slipped into a Human Intelligence Age, the natural human consequence of Renaissance Age.
No more silly talk about Artificial Intelligence for this is human started & directed. Instead Human Intelligence set on the right track & controlled by humans. Hurrah!
Unthinking humans have warned us that AI computers will run amok and in turn produce others and go on to make humans their slaves. It could happen.
I’m a resident and I don’t care about these kids. OH! Well these adolescents will probably have joined the workforce in our lifetime and will be paying taxes part of which the government will spend to help us! So, yes we care.
As Residents we of ourselves, and rightly, can’t be bothered about the future which will occur after our presence on this earth. We do care though and one of the things we care about are those sometimes nice, sometimes pesky, grandchildren of ours and our relatives.
The famous folk singer Bob Dylan has just been awarded a Nobel Prize over his song “Times they are a’changin”. Why? Because those clever folk at the Nobel understand this prescience of Bob. One of the things they understand is that human strength alone is not important and that we are moving ahead fast, very fast. So, although we may not be bothered for ourselves we need to push our family to bothered.
Bothered about what? Education that’s what. Think for a moment about artificial intelligence and artificially assisted human intelligence. To rise above the level of mediocrity in our working lives we need to understand how to best use these two and that means effective education. Want to be scared a little? Consider that very soon computers will be able to program computers. Yes good education is fast becoming more important.
Here on earth we have realized the importance of long term care homes. Now there is talk of sending a space ship with humans aboard to colonize a far distant planet all of which will take a lot of travel time. Perhaps the humans will be in stasis? Whatever the colonists will need to also build nursing homes.
Meanwhile back on earth those impatient scientists will continue to develop new things including humanoid robots. Folk will want the colonists to know immediately they arrive about all the new things developed on earth. How? Whatever, the colonists will need to know how to build humanoid robots
Sorry folk, as we are finding that just as we cannot comprehend the final questions about our Cosmos so it turns out that we cannot understand Quantum Entanglement that we had hoped to give us FASTER THAN LIGHT COMMUNICATION.
The hope could possibly be realized but how?
A robot of any shape or size working on an assembly line in a factory is a difficult but by no means impossible appliance to construct and many are successfully built. With due precautions to protect the humans working alongside them.
Training humans to work safely alongside robots is no easy task as well as proper programming for the robots themselves.
Next then to robots serving humans and specifically humans resident in long term care nursing homes. To perform such duties successfully robots have to perform allotted duties whilst not harming either residents or staff. Moreover and unlike a robot on an assembly line such robots must satisfactorily perform multiple services.
When I think, if at all, of human employees doing various jobs I think of them as very simple. NO NO NO not simple for well instructed robots simple though for human employees (no wonder their union demands adequacy)
Very brave then for some German technicians who have taken on the task.
See: Service Bots
Many people keep pet dogs and yet there are recorded cases of pet dogs killing people. The risk is judged by pet dog owners to be a very slight one and so usually ignored. Dogs, it seems, have nature build into their brains a firm instruction that they don’t injure humans.
In the case of humanoid robots, they start with emptiness in their programs and need have built into these programmes instructions that make it impossible to harm humans and many life forms in any way.
We protect ourselves against informed use injury in the gadgets we employ regularly (humanoid robots is about to be one class) by setting up standards associations manned by competent staff and appropriate skilled volunteers. Such will be necessary and have the power of law when we come to want to use humanoid robots.
Much research is being done into the structure of humanoid robots. We need to be sure this is matched with appropriate standards that are backed by law.
Regardless of the application area, one of the common problems tackled in humanoid robotics is the understanding of human-like information processing and the underlying mechanisms of the human brain in dealing with the real world.
Ambitious goals have been set for future humanoid robotics. They are expected to serve as companions and assistants for humans in daily life.
See: Humanoid Robots Association