Robots are here

Frankly, the future scares me.
Very soon we will be surrounded by a multitude of robots that will carry out most of our regular tasks. But since many people are still unable to deal with remote control, managing bots might be problematic.

Of course, pipsqueaks will feel at ease with the humanoids and sneer at their elders… and that’s part of what scares me. I don’t want to be in the ignominious position of asking a first grader how to proceed. It would be like asking my cat how to make an omelet. The beast would lose the little respect it presently has for me.

This morning I visited my periodontist in order to get a dental implant. He told me that he had to take x-rays of my actual dentition in order to properly insert the implant.

A technician led me to a rather scary device looking like an electric chair. I sat down and he strapped my head with another Frankenstein looking apparatus. He covered my torso with a lead apron and ordered me to stand still.
Incidentally, he didn’t bother to ask me for my last request.

He left the room and suddenly something started to rotate silently around my head… with the obvious purpose of extracting my most inner thoughts… or how much money I had in my checking account. I tried to resist by conjuring a defensive shield, but the machine was too quick and too powerful.

This is the position we are going to be in, in just a few short years. Helpless and at the mercy of power-hungry machines.

Soon humankind will be a minority, treated with contempt by haughty androids. We might be subjected to random searches or arbitrary arrests. It would be a good idea to secure a lawyer ahead of time… an android lawyer of course, smarter than our regular mouthpieces.

Robots have already invaded many domains. They are numerous in government (yes), in manufacturing plants and even in operating rooms. Very soon a surgeon would not dream of doing a heart transplant without the assistance of a robot… preferably an attractive looking robot.

I don’t want to be alarmist, but it might be a good idea to establish defensive alliances with other human beings in order to counter the robot menace.

Artificial Intelligence is a dangerous thing.

“I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish. I mean with artificial intelligence we’re summoning the demon.”Elon Musk 

I don’t want to be another Chamberlain. Don’t ever say that I didn’t warn you.

Alain

3 thoughts on “Robots are here”

  1. I see your point, Alain, but the way people are changing scares me more than what I picture robots’ roles to become.. Don’t they have to be programmed by humans to act dismissive and cruel?.. (I never dismissed the elderly as having no conceivable value to potentially discover when I was young. I never called an older woman “Sweetie” whom I encountered in a grocery aisle..) It is perhaps “summoning the demon” because there doesn’t seem to be much of a societal moral code left, so that it’s yet another opportunity for people to manipulate and take advantage of other human beings.

    1. Hello Nancy. The little piece above is just a tongue-in-cheek satire about Artificial Intelligence. But placed in the wrong hands (especially the military) this fairly new technology could indeed “summon the devil” and be extremely dangerous.

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