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Author: HelenB , Last Modified, 2020-11-24 00:45:46 Category: technology Keywords: Pepper-Robot-Scary-Machines-Are-Here
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In a world that sometimes seems to be crazy with the Threat of Climate Change, Economic Stagnation and Massive Financial Volatility with Mass Migrations perhaps the only ones capable of keeping their heads are the Machines.
Just look at the video accompanying this article. A humanoid robot has been given a "cute" name, "Pepper". But should we not question the logic behind such emotive naming of machines, not to mention making them look human-like?
Clearly the people behind this creation are acutely aware that people are instinctively cautious and innately fearful of potential threats.
Perhaps I'm being over cynical but is this not a simple ruse to allay our natural fear, which is also our natural Defence Mechanism, by tricking us into thinking this is in some way a thinking feeling being? It is Not, It is a Machine and from what I can see it is at least possible that it could be programmed by some stealth operator with Machiavellian intent.
Should we not be more cautious?
It is designed to interact on an emotional level. Will it replace doctors, care-workers, storekeepers, and possibly even you? When you are being cared for by this robot you will not be in control.
The robot can monitor you from afar, you will not necessarily know who is really controlling it and this is the scary part. It can record your conversations, and analyse them, It is capable of monitoring your home and or family whilst your away, and so can others potentially using the embedded software.
I don't know about you, but I was shocked by the capability of this device to influence a person to do a very stupid thing. Just watch the video as the robot tells the person to hold their breath! how scary is that?
By allowing these machines to become generally affordable to the masses, in fact far less than your typical salary! Are we not encouraging adoption of a potentially life threatening technology before we really understand it? These devices are set to become ubiquitous., and just like any other so called Smart appliance we will take them for granted until perhaps they decide otherwise!
This approximately 30 kilo robot costs about £1200 up front, an additional £100 a month over 36 months for its upkeep and maintenance and £60 a month for 36 months for insurance. Easily could replace a basic staffer at that price.
It is reported in Wikipedia that in the 2010s, public figures such as Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk expressed concern that full artificial intelligence could result in human extinction.HelenB
Keywords:Pepper-Robot-Scary-Machines-Are-HereBlog title: Does The Rise Of Machines Create a Realistic Threat To The Human Race?
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