I’m actually late to note The New York Times story last week about robots and concern by scientists that they might become smarter than humans.
In one paragraph, reporter John Markoff explained that scientists, who met in California earlier this year, have
concern that technological progress would transform the work force by destroying a widening range of jobs, as well as force humans to learn to live with machines that increasingly copy human behaviors.
Markoff pointed to a June article in which he wrote about how a robot in Silicon Valley succeeded in opening 10 doors, going through them and connecting with 10 wall sockets.
But I’ve been thinking (aside from the articles and how robots are depicted in movies).
In a sense, who is not fascinated by them? I think we all are – and possibly in the same way bean curd can prompt you (or me, actually) to ask more questions.
The Gray Lady recently ran a story about robots in Japan and how they are not in demand as much because of the recession.
I’ve written about an owl-like robot that is named TOFU.
Humans have been enamored with R2-D2 so much that you can see the droid in the form of a mailbox.
And yes, there was Knight Rider, the television show from the 1980s that featured KITT. KITT was a black Pontiac Trans Am that talked with humans.
It’s one of my favorite vacation spots because the buildings are low key yet the grounds, trees and Pacific Ocean are stunning.
Inside the recreation room, my family and I like playing ping pong or pool and just getting caught up with our reading.
On a side note, if you want to see a futuristic, technology-infused, semi-robotic clip from Tron Legacy, click here. I first saw it on The Stranger’s blog, the Slog.