article We’ve all heard of robots, but how do they do it?
They use computers, of course.
But a new survey shows that a lot of people don’t fully grasp what a computer can and cannot do.
And in a country where robots are often deployed to provide a service, the results of the survey could affect the future of both jobs and livelihoods.
“The machines we use are becoming more intelligent and have a wider range of capabilities, so I think they’re evolving and getting more powerful,” says Brian Pecquet, the head of the human-machine interaction group at the Centre for International Automation Research (CIIAR), which conducted the survey.
“But the fact is that the human being has to work with the machine.”
While the human is usually at the helm of a robot, in some cases, the machine is actually a human being.
“There are some things that a robot cannot do,” says Pecquer.
“For example, it can’t tell a human who’s a doctor, and can’t do that kind of stuff.”
The most advanced robots are capable of learning about the human from their facial expressions, the way they talk and the way their bodies move, says Pesquett.
The same goes for the machines that make the final decisions about what they should do.
“If you ask a robot what’s the worst thing that could happen, they could say the human could die,” says Ben Stokes, a robotics expert at the University of Technology Sydney.
“If the robot was thinking of a human, the human would be dead, too.
There is a difference between thinking about the robot and thinking about a human.”
Robots have been deployed around the world to help people and deliver goods.
They can perform tasks such as carrying goods across rivers, or deliver packages in the middle of the night.
And they have become increasingly sophisticated.
Robots can make decisions about food or medicine, but the question is whether they’re up to the task of caring for a sick or elderly person.
And in many countries, they’re also being used to provide basic services.
“The robots have to do things for people, but they’re not the ones to take care of them,” says Stokes.
“You can’t just take care and feed them.”
The survey found that more than 70 per cent of respondents believed that robots are a bad thing, and more than half thought that robots should be banned altogether.
“People have been thinking about robots for so long, and there’s this sense that it’s the future, but it’s not the future that’s happening,” says Mark Rivett, the founder and chief executive of the consultancy FutureWorks.
“In the future we’ll have robots doing things that humans do, but humans will have to work on the robot.
They’ll have to be programmed to do tasks that humans don’t even understand.”
Pesquetts points out that while most people are still working in traditional jobs, automation is going to have a huge impact on the economy.
“I don’t think it’s going to be about people going out and making their own work,” he says.
“It’s going a little bit faster and a lot more automated.”
Rivett believes the robot revolution is already starting to affect some areas of the economy, particularly in the manufacturing sector, where robots have already started replacing people.
“We’re starting to see a lot less of the traditional manufacturing workers that used to work at the end of the 19th century being in the traditional roles,” he explains.
“People are taking jobs in a number of different sectors.”
He says that in the future robots will take care for people in nursing homes, in schools, and even in hospitals.
“It’s not a bad time to be a robot,” he said.
“What we’re seeing is that there’s a lot people are really keen to make their own future, so it’s probably not too far away.”
The FutureWorks survey found more than 80 per cent said that robots could be good for the economy if they were programmed to help in various tasks.
“A lot of it has to do with people being trained in the right way,” says Riveott.
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And if the robots get a little more intelligent, that means people will start doing things differently, and the economy is going for a different path.”
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