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
Christine of Recreation gave us a very interesting information/discussion session recently on crystals many of which are found within old mother earth. How though about meteorites. My curiosity was piqued. Now to take a look.
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
Robots – job tailored ones – can be simple devices unless they are to work on humans who are all notoriously unpredictable. As a result the study and building of humanoid robots is a subject that deserves to stand alone.
Even though I am (as often stated) a mere layperson this is a subject the writer can’t help but be intrigued in and will, from time to time, report his findings here in this category.
Here is a link to get going: IEEE Spectrum on humanoids and it includes a particular article that I found very interesting (they all are of interest).
Such robots are an inevitable part of our future but in such a world where do these robots and unionised personal service workers fit in? I predict lots of discussion.
I do not know whether we should be concerned about this potential risk and not being the scaremongering type I will not write about it in a concerned way but I do feel it necessary to pass on my reading…..
“On the basis of the severity of the clinical presentation of some cases in this study, the (adenovirus) vaccine currently licensed for military use should be considered a potentially valuable resource to prevent disease in susceptible populations living in closed communities, such as college settings, summer camps, and long-term care facilities,” they wrote in a report published this week in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.
The Senate passed a bill that renders the national anthem gender neutral Wednesday despite the entrenched opposition of some Conservative senators.
The House of Commons overwhelmingly passed a private member’s bill in 2016 that would alter the national anthem by replacing “in all thy sons command” with “in all of us command” as part of a push to strike gendered language from O Canada.
Footnote by this blogger: us being often understood to be a short form for United States I would prefer “Canadians” but I accept the change.