Robots are a significant and important component of technological evolution. They have the potential to re-structure civilians’ lives, societies, nations, and the entire world at an unforeseen level.
Although humans still might have to complete some tasks themselves, robots could eliminate small ones by simply cleaning up the house, reminding someone of their daily plans, etc.
However, even though programming robots to cater to our every whim would be fantastic, everyone needs to consider the dangers of handing them a large degree of power because we will eventually become lazy and unproductive.
For instance, I am a Computer Science major who plans to work as a video game designer or software developer after I earn my degree, and would still love to learn about the functions of the hardware used to create robots. But, as much as I would enjoy contributing to the evolution of robotics, I must remind myself that a man-made creation can possibly lead to our destruction.
Just because we are capable of endowing robots with human qualities does not ensure that they will obey our commands. In fact, it would not be surprising if they betray us due to being subjugated to consistently work without any sense of free will.
A prime example of how humanity can potentially degrade itself is cleverly depicted in the animated film WALL-E. When WALL-E reached the spaceship, the viewer notices how everyone is so fat that they usually sit on levitating chairs, and have robots fetch them beverages and food. At a quick glance, one would simply perceive this scenario as humorous.
However, if someone scratches the surface, they will realize the humans are in that condition because advanced technology negated the need for human labor and allowed them to be sloths.
In addition, imagine a scenario in which humans relied on robots for survival, and they were given human emotions and logic. Since we naturally become so reliant on something that our lives would be in disorder if it was taken away, chaos would ensue if robots either were destroyed or enslaved us.
Once robots discard our free will, unless someone crafts a program that will destroy all of them, we will ironically be subjugated into the same position we forced them into. Although this scenario can be prevented, its significance is that it depicts how the power of technology can easily turn against us even though it is intended to benefit us.
In conclusion, the evolution of robotics will be an entertaining event to experience. The human race could possibly stop performing arduous tasks and have robots do everything for us.
However, unless they are perfectly crafted, they may either malfunction or have ulterior motives if they are given human emotions. To prevent this issue from occurring, robot creators should design them to only do one or two tasks. Restricting robotic potential may not promote versatility, but it is a necessary sacrifice that will protect humanity from danger.
University of Houston-Downtown