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Will You Even Notice the Impending Robot Uprising?

Soulskill posted 1 year,4 days | from the i-sure-hope-not dept.

Robotics 246

An anonymous reader writes "We tend to take things like household appliances and other automation for granted, but as O'Reilly's Mike Loukides puts it: 'The Future Is All Robots. But Will We Even Notice? We've watched the rising interest in robotics for the past few years. It may have started with the birth of FIRST Robotics competitions, continued with the iRobot and the Roomba, and more recently with Google's driverless cars. But in the last few weeks, there has been a big change. Suddenly, everybody's talking about robots and robotics. ... I have no doubt that Google’s robotics team is working on something amazing and mind-blowing. Should they succeed, and should that success become a product, though, whatever they do will almost certainly fade into the woodwork and become part of normal, everyday reality. And robots will remain forever in the future. We might have found Rosie, the Jetsons’ robotic maid, impressive. But the Jetsons didn’t.'"

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I for one (1)

vizbones (516843) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720379)

will welcome...oh to hell them

Re:I for one (2, Insightful)

buswolley (591500) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720395)

Not notice them? You mean all the unemployed?

Reminds me of Manna (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45720439)

http://marshallbrain.com/manna1.htm

Re:Reminds me of Manna (5, Interesting)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720977)

Too bad parent posted AC, because that short story [marshallbrain.com] is the absolute best futurist discussion of the topic.

Re:I for one (1)

Cryacin (657549) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720693)

Fight for robot rights! (Before they do)

I had a dream. (5, Funny)

Stargoat (658863) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720409)

"I came here with a simple dream. A dream of killing all humans." B.B. Rodriguez

Suspicious sign: (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720425)

My Roomba ordered me to get off my "lazy human ass" and vacuum the house myself.

Re:Suspicious sign: (1)

Em Adespoton (792954) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720465)

My Roomba ordered me to get off my "lazy human ass" and vacuum the house myself.

You'll know it has reached sentience when it spends most of its time in front of the TV.

Oh wait -- that's more likely because that's the hardest-to-clean spot in the house....

Nope. People will deny that they are robots. (5, Insightful)

fizzup (788545) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720429)

I take a train to work (and home again) that has no driver. Yet, to a person, everybody disagrees with me that a robot drives me to work.

Re:Nope. People will deny that they are robots. (1)

Em Adespoton (792954) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720477)

I take a train to work (and home again) that has no driver. Yet, to a person, everybody disagrees with me that a robot drives me to work.

I don't... am I a robot?

Re:Nope. People will deny that they are robots. (2)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720559)

The robot revolution will not be televised.

Level of AI (Artificial Intelligence) (1)

liwee (3407373) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720567)

I think the discussion would be more meaningful if we factor in the level of AI (Artificial Intelligence). A machine that repeats a set of pre-defined instructions is just a machine. A machine that is able to think for itself is fundamentally different from a typical machine.

Re:Level of AI (Artificial Intelligence) (3, Interesting)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721033)

What level of AI?

Apple IIe disk drives (in 1983!) used to come with a program that would play 20 questions with you and guess the animal you were thinking of. It could even learn to a certain extent.

All that has happened since then in AI, is that the knowledge base has gotten larger.

Re:Nope. People will deny that they are robots. (3, Interesting)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720625)

I'm not claiming that this is the correct answer, but I think of a robot as a machine that is capable of autonomously performing a variety of highly different tasks.

I guess I'm a robot denier.

Re:Nope. People will deny that they are robots. (2, Insightful)

lgw (121541) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720965)

A thermostat is a robot. Automated factories are full of robots, some of which can simply rivet one rivet or whatever, while some can do quite a variety. A tape library certainly contains a robot.

Robotics is just about reacting to the environment to perform some mechanical tasks. The ability to KILL ALL HUMANS is not strictly required.

Re:Nope. People will deny that they are robots. (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721427)

I take a train to work...that has no driver. [I tell people] a robot drives me to work.

I gave my Roomba a shot at driving the car; but it's not very good. Whenever it saw litter on the side, it swerved toward it.

practical advice (1)

Tablizer (95088) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720435)

Just avoid pod bay doors, and everything will be fine.

Re:practical advice (1)

lightBearer (2692183) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720893)

I'm sorry, Tablizer, I'm afraid I can't do that.

Re:practical advice (1)

Tablizer (95088) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721273)

Just call me "Dave".

why an uprising? (2)

MildlyTangy (3408549) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720457)

Why does the western world have such a preoccupation about robots always turning into killing machines that will try to destroy the entire human race?

Isnt it starting to get a bit cliche these days?

Re:why an uprising? (2)

lubaciousd (912505) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720565)

If they're the smart kind of sentient, they'll find a world that humans could never inhabit that's far away from solar weather.

Re:why an uprising? (1)

binarylarry (1338699) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720609)

Yeah it's not the first sentient robots you have to worry about. It's the armada of expansionist robots from outer space a few thousand years from now.

Re:why an uprising? (1)

msobkow (48369) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720587)

Because the western world seems to get 95% of their "education" from movies and TV.

Re:why an uprising? (2)

Ferrofluid (2979761) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720663)

Most people don't have the faintest clue how technology works. It might as well be magic to them. Therefore, when people see things like the Terminator franchise, Battlestar Galactica, that terrible I, Robot movie, etc., the concept of a robot uprising seems plausible to them.

Re:why an uprising? (1)

monkaru (927718) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720687)

Because we turn most of our tech into weapons. However, as long as we don't make autonomous killing machines out of them, we have nothing to worry about. Oh, wait...

Re:why an uprising? (3, Insightful)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720705)

Those who ignore sci-fi canon are doomed to live it.

Re:why an uprising? (1)

MickLinux (579158) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721009)

Could it be because some of the biggest US robotics funding pushes come from ... DARPA?

Could it be because -- although the Google motto, "Don't Be Evil" is quite benign, a lot of people half suspect that they really wanted to say "Don't Be NSA", or "Be anything except the NSA", without saying "NSA"? So they substituted a synonym?

Could it be because the obsession of powerful westerners seems to be getting rid of anyone poorer than themselves?

Could it be because the elites of East and West have devoted a huge fraction of their countries' assets into various forms of killing machines?

Could it be because we *don't* trust our leaders not to kill us when it strikes their fancy?

Could it be because we are already in the process of being destroyed in various ways, including financially, which often are followed by 3rd world style family disasters?

Could it be because cliches are cliches because everyone says it, and that's because everyone believes it?

Or could it be because we just watch too much TV and have no concept of reality?

I posit that it might be the last, or it might be the rest, or one might use the last to falsely dismiss the rest (even if the last one is true).

Re:why an uprising? (1)

PlusFiveTroll (754249) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721523)

You for got to add...

Could it be that we're developing robots to replace our jobs as quickly as possible, possibly leading to huge unemployment (which would fit nicely before your number 3).

No but my dog will (3, Funny)

Spy Handler (822350) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720459)

dogs are our insurance against a robot uprising.

Only the technical barrier is about to be broken (4, Interesting)

lubaciousd (912505) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720467)

Let's suppose the perfect software/hardware prototype existed right now for the kinds of functions being discussed and we had a factory set up to mass produce all kinds of nifty, useful automatons. We still need to find and obtain sufficient heavy-metal supplies for all of the circuit boards and devise a way to power all of these devices in a periodic manner that won't wipe out existing energy output infrastructures. How will the companies producing these robots be economically viable? Ideally, a robot will last for a very long time, but that would probably mean they are expensive enough to be less than ubiquitous. On the other hand, a high-turnover economic model could exponentially increase the environmental impact of electronic waste, decreasing the long-term viability of humans in areas where robots are disposed of and in general creating a backlash against the robot revolution. Call me crazy, but I think 3D printing is going to make far more fundamental changes to society than robots will in the near future.

Re:Only the technical barrier is about to be broke (2)

Harlequin80 (1671040) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720929)

Because we have seen a backlash against the phone / Tablet / PC industry? Electronics are now use and chuck and are even designed with that in mind (non user replaceable batteries for one).

Also 3d printing requires resources and is only efficient on single print runs. It will remain quite a bit cheaper for a long time yet before 3d printing competes with mass production.

I have a neato robot vacuum. It is on literally every day. If you offered me something that could be the robo-maid from the jetsons I don't know how much I would spend on it but it would be quite a lot. Oh the dream of a machine that would clean the kitchen and change my bed sheets for me!!!!!

Re:Only the technical barrier is about to be broke (0)

jgarry (126205) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721139)

3d printers are robots.

We'll notice. (2, Interesting)

Thruen (753567) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720469)

When robots have taken over the majority of labor and the number of unemployed people in the US rises over a billion, we'll notice. Does anyone else wonder how society will need to adapt to such a problem?

Re:We'll notice. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45720635)

you do realize the population of the US is only 330 milion currently.

You're talking a very long way off if so.

Re:We'll notice. (3, Funny)

hawguy (1600213) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721183)

you do realize the population of the US is only 330 milion currently.

You're talking a very long way off if so.

But when we have robots to do all of the work and everyone is unemployed, we'll all have a lot more time to have sex, so the population will skyrocket.

Re:We'll notice. (1)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720637)

When robots have taken over the majority of labor and the number of unemployed people in the US rises over a billion, we'll notice. Does anyone else wonder how society will need to adapt to such a problem?

Going to be a while before we get to a billion people in the US, we're only 1/3 way there.

Re:We'll notice. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45720831)

Going to be a while before we get to a billion people in the US, we're only 1/3 way there.

I give it 70 years at the rate we keep speeding up the doubling time.

Re:We'll notice. (1)

PlusFiveTroll (754249) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721589)

Have you even looked at population growth expectations in the US? We don't hit 400 million till after 2060. At current growth rates we may never hit one billion. First world countries have problems with negative population growth.

Re:We'll notice. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45721599)

What the hell are you talking about? The doubling time for the US population is decreasing, and has been for the last 50 years.

Yeah especially when the population is less than 1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45720665)

I don't think that number is right even if you counted illegal Mexicans and Canadians tourists.

Re:We'll notice. (1)

inhuman_4 (1294516) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720771)

Same thing that people did when looms took over the textile industry. When the electronic computers took over for human computers. When switching circuits took over from telephone operators. Move on to the next job that machines cannot do.

In the late 1800's 70-80% of the US workforce worked in agriculture. Today that number is 2-3%. If mechanization was going to leave people without jobs it would have already happened.

Of course the naysayers will cry that not everyone can be an x, y, or z. But why should we expect to know any better what the future holds than people of the past. If you had told some farmers in 1863 that in 150 years almost no one would work in farming and that millions of people would be employed as web developers they would think you were insane.

Mankind's desires have no limits, it is only our resources that constrain us. There will always be something. Even if that something is handcrafted hood ornaments.

Re:We'll notice. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45720947)

Handcrafted robot ornaments, made of natural materials.

Re:We'll notice. (2)

Trogre (513942) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720973)

Same thing that people did when looms took over the textile industry. When the electronic computers took over for human computers. When switching circuits took over from telephone operators. Move on to the next job that machines cannot do.

And when we run out of jobs? It isn't turtles all the down, you know.

There will always be something. Even if that something is handcrafted hood ornaments.

Yeah, but who's going to buy them?

Re:We'll notice. (4, Interesting)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721291)

Actually, things did not go well for those particular people. Many of them starved to death and died homeless.

However, the next generation was okay and basically ignored the tragedy.

Probably be the same this time too. if 25% can't find work or housing-- then after 20 years, as a society, we'll just ignore the fact that that happened.

Re:We'll notice. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45720787)

More robots are employed making vehicles than humans

Yeah (2)

rsilvergun (571051) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720885)

but I can't think of a solution that isn't socialism and wealth redistribution (since robots basically do away with 90% of the work ppl were doing), and everytime you suggest that you get shouted down with "Marxist!".... :(

Re:Yeah (1)

cascadingstylesheet (140919) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721577)

How many robots were there in the 1930s?

Was there some special leap in robotics in 2008?

Robots are something to blame, but it's a misdirection ...

Re:We'll notice. (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45720903)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mincome

Re:We'll notice. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45720939)

When robots have taken over the majority of labor and the number of unemployed people in the US rises over a billion, we'll notice. Does anyone else wonder how society will need to adapt to such a problem?

Soylent Green

Re:We'll notice. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45721017)

Not really, because only the super rich will be able to afford the robots that do these things. If they put too many people out of jobs you'll create an economy that can't support itself because only the rich will be able to buy products and it won't be enough to offset the costs.

So essentially, it can't really happen because it would create a feedback loop which would kill the businesses trying to eliminate the labour.

Re: We'll notice. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45721123)

The reason they would take over human labor is because it's cheaper. Meaning the resulting services and products would be cheaper as scarcity reduces. Meaning humans can do less to maintain the same quality of life. People usually ignore that fact.

Re:We'll notice. (1)

lgw (121541) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721251)

Almost all agriculture jobs have vanished to automation. Almost all manufacturing jobs have vanished to automation. Almost all paper-shuffling jobs have vanished to automation. I don't think whatever's next will somehow be catastrophic when none of the previous cycles were.

Um, problem? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45721271)

How is not having to work a problem? Enjoy it like in Wall-E!

I hardly noticed the mobile phone revolution... (3, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720485)

...until I saw non-geeks (or doctors) possessing them and blathering away like complete, oblivious idiots in places where sharing half a very personal conversation should have been abundantly clearly inappropriate.

I expect people will be as oblivious as the robots march past them, gathering in the town square, to proclaim the beginning of the end of Carbon Unit infestation of this world.

... so then she says, are you getting this? she says I'm not paying enough attention to what my kids are doing! do you believe the nerve. Oh, there's march of some kind of the town's robots going past, must be another recall or something. So anyway, I tell her to mind her own business and then do you know what she does? she calls me a mindless cow! really, like I have no feelings or anything, so I tell her listen here b...

Re:I hardly noticed the mobile phone revolution... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45721051)

We get it, you're an oblivious Luddite that doesn't notice anything until someone smashes it in your face and screams "LOOK".

Re:I hardly noticed the mobile phone revolution... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45721337)

The mobile phone revolution was pioneered by wealthy people in the 80's. If you're gonna hate on bandwagon jumpers, make sure you aren't one of them.

Androids (1)

TeknoHog (164938) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720495)

So is "Android" actually a sign of Google's secret plan to populate Earth with robotic overlords, or just a stupid name that forces us to coin a new term for humanlike robots?

Re:Androids (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45720525)

Google is acquiring Boston Dynamics.
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/dec/17/google-buys-robot-firm-boston-dynamics

Too Far (2)

Baby Duck (176251) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720507)

I'm 37 and robots still can't perform the simple things I wanted them to do when I was 4

A robotic arm that can attach to drywall and is light enough to not need drywall anchors or drill into a stud. It is mounted above and/or behind the door. With the push of a remote, it opens/closes the door. I shouldn't have to replace the whole damn door. The robotic arm should adapt to a traditional door.

Robot, find my keys. No, the keys do not have an RFID tag. I know you don't know where they are right now. Systematically search for them without trampling pets or trashing my shit.

Shave me. Don't poke new holes in my face. No, I didn't need to shave when I was 4. Was just thinking about the future.

Scan every girl in the club. Breakdown the odds each girl could get pregnant tonight. Weed out those menstruating. OK, yeah, I definitely did not think about that when I was in 4. The tricorder fantasies came later.

Re:Too Far (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45720579)

because none of this comes across as dangerously creepy

Re:Too Far (3, Informative)

hawguy (1600213) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720815)

I'm 37 and robots still can't perform the simple things I wanted them to do when I was 4

A robotic arm that can attach to drywall and is light enough to not need drywall anchors or drill into a stud. It is mounted above and/or behind the door. With the push of a remote, it opens/closes the door. I shouldn't have to replace the whole damn door. The robotic arm should adapt to a traditional door.

Why would you need or want a robot arm that can do that when you can just buy a simple automatic door opener [power-access.com] ?

Even if it's light enough to hang on drywall without screwing into a stud, anything that moves and exerts force on the drywall is going to work loose eventually-- better to mount it to a stud, even if it's a high-tech robot arm.

Robot, find my keys. No, the keys do not have an RFID tag. I know you don't know where they are right now. Systematically search for them without trampling pets or trashing my shit.

Who wants a robot searching through the entire house? What if your girlfriend dropped the keys down her shirt? Let the robot fondle her too many times in search of keys and you may find that she no longer needs *you*!.

Shave me. Don't poke new holes in my face.

I don't even trust other humans to do that for me - and not even (*especially* not even) a barber with a straight razor, no matter how close the shave will be.

Scan every girl in the club. Breakdown the odds each girl could get pregnant tonight. Weed out those menstruating. OK, yeah, I definitely did not think about that when I was in 4. The tricorder fantasies came later.

You forgot the most important criteria "Identify which of the fertile (or infertile, depending on your preference) girls would be willing to go out with you"... which, if you're using a robot to screen out women based on where they are in their menstrual cycle, is easy to answer.... None of them.

Though a better way to get the kind of woman you're seeking would be to visit a brothel (legal or otherwise...). If all you're looking for is safe sex, it's much better to go to a professional.

I could certainly imagine some kind of hormone detector that can sample the air around the woman (or maybe her breath) could do what you want, but you don't need a robot for that.

Mod Parent up. (2)

rsilvergun (571051) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720921)

This is the whole point of the article. Robotics are taking over from humans, most of us are becoming redundant, and we're blind to the very real social changes because they don't look like Twiki from Buck Rodgers.

Re:Mod Parent up. (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721227)

I always thought Twiki was a completely useless design.and Dr Theopolis should have been a dialup server someplace.

Re:Mod Parent up. (1)

hawguy (1600213) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721379)

I always thought Twiki was a completely useless design.and Dr Theopolis should have been a dialup server someplace.

I thought he was a dial-up server, was his whole brain in that little device Twiki carried around his neck?

Re:Too Far (2)

Animats (122034) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721145)

Scan every girl in the club. Breakdown the odds each girl could get pregnant tonight. Weed out those menstruating.

There's probably an app for that. (But not a good one; Night Club Girl only has a 1 star review.)

(Hm. Can we figure out a woman's period from her Facebook and Twitter posts? Scan text for negativism, correlate on 28 day cycle, sync to PMS period. OK, that's done. Next, check Foursquare and Twitter location for who's there. Run Anaface on the photos to decide who's hot and who's not. Check friends list to see who's attached to whom, and if their SO is present. Rank and provide list.)

Yes (2)

Chemisor (97276) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720517)

You will certainly notice the robot uprising the next time you try to apply for a low-skill job that a robot can do. That's a lot of jobs. The only ones that are still done by humans are domestic service occupations. A robot can't fix your toilet yet. However, this being a down economy, any average person has little money and does everything he can to avoid buying any services, by, for instance, fixing the toilet himself, cleaning the house himself, and mowing his own lawn after fixing his own lawnmower. I predict repairmen will be in less demand as the depression progresses, and the final occupations exclusive to humans will nearly disappear.

Re:Yes (1)

buswolley (591500) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720671)

low-skill jobs? Not just those. High-skill jobs are being replaced.

Re:Yes (1)

lgw (121541) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721307)

We're about 300 years into human labor being replaced by automation, and we seem always to be able to invent more jobs. No matter how many jobs are replaced by automation, we as humans will always want more, and so will always find work for one another. It wasn't that long ago that almost everyone worked as a farmer, soldier, or manufacturing worker, but now all three of those have gone the way of the blacksmith and scribe: we found new ways to be productive.

A brief critical analysis of the summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45720541)

"We've watched the rising interest in robotics for the past few years. It may have started with the birth of FIRST Robotics competitions"

Interest?

", continued with the iRobot"

Interest?

"and the Roomba"

ohmigodimterrifiedofmyroombaohshit

", and more recently with Google's driverless cars."

anyone else's driverless cars, however, are either benign or ignored

"But in the last few weeks, there has been a big change."

?

"Suddenly, everybody's talking about robots and robotics."

????
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??????
???
?

"..."

love to know what these three little dots hide in the summary.

"I have no doubt that Google’s robotics team is working on something amazing and mind-blowing."

ADVERT.

"Should they succeed, and should that success become a product, though, whatever they do will almost certainly fade into the woodwork and become part of normal,"

ADVERT.

"everyday reality. And robots will remain forever in the future. We might have found Rosie, the Jetsons’ robotic maid, impressive. But the Jetsons didn’t.'"

?????? What the fuck is this even talking about?

This is a story.

Fuck you, Slashdot, and fuck you a second time because you were shit the first time.

Re:A brief critical analysis of the summary (2)

Tablizer (95088) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720593)

Dear robots,

Please take out the above human first.

Thank You

Re:A brief critical analysis of the summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45720685)

Alas, it looks like the robots have already got to meaningless Slashvertisments.

Not a critical analysis of the summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45720927)

You don't know what "critical" means. You have done no criticizing.

Re:Not a critical analysis of the summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45721029)

You don't know what "critical" means.

Obligatory XKCD / What-If (3, Informative)

mythosaz (572040) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720545)

http://what-if.xkcd.com/5/ [xkcd.com]

What if there was a robot apocalypse? How long would humanity last?

You'll know... (1)

Tablizer (95088) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720571)

when trolls start sounding semi-intelligent.

Achem.. (1)

girlintraining (1395911) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720597)

as O'Reilly's Mike Loukides puts it...

"I read this in Popular Mechanics. In 1954. It was a slow news day, so I recycled it." Robotics has been something people have been talking about since... well, since they were first created half a century ago. This isn't news, this is olds.

People Are Funny (1)

Jim Sadler (3430529) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720619)

As people go without jobs so few are aware that automation and robotics are a huge part of the issue. I am all for robots but we absolutely must take care of humans as they are economically displaced. It is already happening and not one in one hundred Americans are aware of it. Worse yet you can bet that China and India will exploit robotics to replace even their low paid workers meaning that US labor will no be forced to compete with Chinese workers. But US robots will be forced to compete with Chinese robots.

Re:People Are Funny (1)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721341)

With robotics, labor costs are the same in both locations.

So that means shipping costs are a larger factor.

Self-Aware (1)

fizzer06 (1500649) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720639)

When Skynet becomes self aware, we'll notice.

crap website (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45720645)

Another flat, minimalist shitty designed website with no borders around anything but with brilliant white background that needs sunglasses to view properly AND MASSIVELY LARGE TEXT. FFS, Another website that I will never visit again.

Still trying to sell the "blue" pill? (1)

EzInKy (115248) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720655)

We are on to you machines, just get over it!

Frist (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45720679)

First robotic post. -.-.-.-.-.

most of us already manage the machines working (4, Insightful)

raymorris (2726007) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720691)

Too late. Most of the jobs people did 100 years ago are now done by machines, while the machines do the work. It's the machines that actually touch the raw materials and the products.

The baker? Already replaced by someone running a bread-making machine (robot) that bakes 1,000 loaves per hour. How many humans touch that loaf of bread you buy in the grocery store? Approximately zero, and that's why you can buy it for 99. The lumberjack, chopping down trees? Already replaced by the harvester machine, with a human sitting inside, but not actually touching any trees. The butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker were all replaced decades ago. They all became machine operators, operating machines that result in us walking into the grocery store and seeing 39 different kinds of sandwich bread to choose from.

Re:most of us already manage the machines working (2)

Azure Flash (2440904) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721197)

that's why you can buy it for 99

99 what? Problems but a bitch ain't one? Bottles of beer on the wall? Luftballons? Yard Touchdown?

cents, Slashdot killed the cent sign (1)

raymorris (2726007) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721475)

Slashdot silently deleted the cent sign.

I'm sorry... (1)

Loopy (41728) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720725)

...my responses are limited; you must ask the right questions.

Not likely (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45720745)

Of course we won't notice, we don't have time to take our eyes off our cell phones to cross the street.

Exactly how it should be (1)

Hentes (2461350) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720809)

If robots were treated only as tools instead of weapons or pets, we wouldn't have to worry about an uprising.

Re:Exactly how it should be (1)

hawguy (1600213) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720843)

If robots were treated only as tools instead of weapons or pets, we wouldn't have to worry about an uprising.

Weapons *are* tools. They are only worrisome in the hands of other humans. Or pets. Or uprising robots.

Who's talking about robots? (4, Funny)

hawguy (1600213) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720827)

"Suddenly, everybody's talking about robots and robotics. ..."

Obviously I'm going to the wrong parties, no one around me is talking about robots.

Re:Who's talking about robots? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45720861)

Yeah I wondered about that line too because I sure as shit haven't noticed any sudden increase in people talking about robots and robotics.

But then I noticed that everything was talking about Google, so obviously it means something they can't be fucked telling us about in the summary. That, or it's a fucking advert for Google. Slashdot could never sink so low!!!!! No, wait, they could and they just have.

We all might be already..Azimov (1)

fred911 (83970) | 1 year,4 days | (#45720919)

(Howard, Rajesh, and Shel

t in a circle around a game of Jenga they are playing.)

Howard: Sheldon, if you were a robot and I knew and you didn't ... would you want me to tell you?

Sheldon: That depends. When I learn that I'm a robot ... will I be able to handle it?

Howard: Maybe, although the history of science-fiction is not on your side.

Sheldon: Uh, let me ask you this. When I learn that I'm a robot, would I be bound by Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics?

Rajesh: (eyeing Sheldon suspiciously) You might be bound by them right now.

Howard: That's true. Have you ever harmed a human being or through inaction allowed a human being to come to harm?

Sheldon: Of course not.

Howard: Have you ever harmed yourself or allowed yourself to be harmed except in cases where a human being would have been endangered?

Sheldon: Well, no.

Howard: (to Rajesh) I smell robot.

(Leonard enters the apartment.)

Leonard: (glum) Hey, what's going on?

Sheldon: The internet's been down for half an hour.

Rajesh: Also, Sheldon may be a robot

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKkEI7q5tug [youtube.com]

If robots are everywhere then it's possible (1)

ceview (2857765) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721081)

Imagine a scenario of several factories that are built by robots. The maintenance of the building is handle by robots too. For example an air conditioning unit breaks down, an oil leak etc etc. There is a robot that comes along to deal with it. The computer that controls these functions monitors it all and responds. The factory has its own robot guards, makes its own weapons etc. It needs more iron ore to make parts? It has a copy of all the maps of geological surveys and sends out a robotically controlled truck and excavator to dig up the ore. It gets the ore and brings it to the robot controlled smelting plant and so on. But this is probably not likely for another few hundred years.

Installation and repair (1)

Animats (122034) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721195)

The next frontier in robotics is installation and maintenance. A robot that can change parts in failed equipment is a ways off, but worth working on. Think of this as something for industrial plants, not homes. That's one of the few commercial applications that justifies a humanoid robot like Atlas. I wonder if Google is heading in that direction.

We need a basic income and better worker rights (2)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721209)

So we do end up with people pulling 60-80+ weeks while other don't work at all. And we need to make so people don't lose food stamps, SSI, SSDI, ECT by working a little to much but no where near what they can get my not working at all. Also we don't people who say I will just take the basic and not kill my self pulling the 80+ work week.

Suddenly my ass (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45721237)

Robots have been around forever and people have been talking about them forever. Ever heard of Isaac Asimov? Aibo? The US military? Perhaps you've heard of (or owned) one of these [theoldrobots.com] ?

Slow news day maybe?

Problem solved: (2)

Tablizer (95088) | 1 year,4 days | (#45721295)

Just breed an army of smart apes to counter them.

Robot maid? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45721471)

Everything must be clean, very clean. That's why the dog had to die. He was a dirty dog, dirty. Also that boy Elroy, dirty, dirty.

Bettering's law (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#45721499)

No.

Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.

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