Open the pod bay doors, HAL

The landscape of robotics has definitely evolved. Stanford University’s Computer Science lab says the first robots (“a mechanical device built to regularly carry out a particular physical task”) were made by Egyptians around 3,000 BC. Modern robots as we know them were developed starting in the 1950s. Stanford developed its own robot, “Shakey,” in 1958. Of course, robots now work in warehouses and factories as well as on our lawns and playing fields.

Countries including the US, China, and India are betting big on artificial intelligence, according to CNN. The downside? As robots get better at doing “human jobs,” we may have fewer jobs for humans. Prudent robotic manufacturers are proceeding with caution to make sure we’re poised to reap the benefits of the AI revolution, without failing to consider the inherent costs.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2018