In the cover picture, yes, I need to clean my office! The concept of 360-degree photography continues to expand. The impact of the capability is still a bit away. Yesterday I talked about robots. Everyone was comfortable with a robot that would clean their house. I expected that I would like like a robot that cleaned my house. I would, hence the picture, love one that would organize my office. I need organizational and cleaning help! The concept of robotic replacement is interesting. First of all, let’s talk about dangerous jobs. Those are the jobs that put a human at risk. I think at this juncture the majority of people would agree that dangerous jobs could, should probably be replaced by robots.
Remember, human skills in those dangerous situations are still required to operate the robot. It is a one to one trade, but we no longer risk the human being! If you watch the news, you will see that they have embraced drones to show footage after events. They also use the drones to show footage where it isn’t safe for a human cameraperson to go. The camera person still operates the drone. In this scenario, as well as the cleaning my house scenario, I suspect most people would agree, robots are good. The reality of a cleaning robot today is there are robots that can vacuum, and robots that can mop your floor automatically. Now you still have to empty the device, but it operates on a schedule.
The area where people get nervous is the nation-dangerous jobs and robotic replacement. I posted an interesting question on a couple of the social networks, asking would you visit a robotic therapist. The reality is, with AI, we could have a robotic therapist as an intake person for a specialized therapist. They, the therapeutic robot, wouldn’t replace the therapist; they would just be the starting point.
Why would a robotic entry therapist be useful? With AI, and access to real-time data (say the DSM 5 online and searchable) the entry or baseline questions can help drive a direction for the human therapist. Therapy is more than talking. It is about interaction. It is about body language; it is about the answers to questions. All of those are things that a robotic therapist can capture, and with AI provides a high-level direction.
But, I suspect that would terrify most people.
Why use robots in manufacturing? They do the same thing 100 times a day and don’t get tired. That means the first bolt, is as tight as the last bolt.
Someone has to program that robotic manufacturing arm. Someone has to operate it. Someone has to program it!