It is not surprising that many people are very excited about Japan’s Plans to produce a series of android robots to work alongside their people in the workforce. The idea is actually rooted in the uncanny valley theory, which holds that there is a great deal of human interaction that is invisible to the naked eye, but can be felt by those who are equipped with sensitive electronics. This theory is also useful in making robots like the android that may assist humans in work. In fact, the Japanese hope that their new android robotic assistants will help them achieve more in productivity.
First developed back in 1932, the uncanny valley theory first made it’s mark on the literary world when it was brought forward by one of the most famous science fiction writers of all time, pulp magazine creator Haru Segal. Known for his stories featuring robots and other futuristic creatures, such as the android Raskit, Segal envisioned the concept as a story about two robots that lived in separate pods, completely unaware of the other’s existence. One day, they are suddenly startled when a pod falls from the sky and crashes onto the ground. Both robots survive the crash and are left with amnesia, whereby neither robot can remember how they met or what the other was doing. They spend several years trying to figure out what happened to the other and meet again years later to reunite with each other. Eventually, the two robots decide to work together and form an alliance.
The premise behind the uncanny valley is actually very simple: robots do not think, and as such are attracted to humans. The robots and humans become friends and work together to solve problems, save the day, and generally have a good time. This is essentially how the early Japanese versions of the robotic assistant would begin to be drawn to the ever-serious and somewhat hyper-sensitive Tokyo citizens who would send robots to work in their home, and eventually to become beloved members of their family.
Humanoid Robots And Its Design
Now, robots and cyborgs have the potential to do much more than work in your home. With the right ethical programming, they have the potential to help save the world, end wars, and even fully realize the dreams of humankind. While most people tend to fall into the trap of believing that robots and AIs are either dangerous or can never be ethical, that is simply not true. There are a number of ethical considerations for artificially intelligent robotic androids that are being explored by robotics researchers, leading the field of AI to become one of the most important fields in science today.
First and foremost, it is important to recognize that the ethical issues surrounding AI’s androids are very different from those associated with traditional robots. Whereas traditional robots and artificial intelligence have the potential to behave in ways that are immoral and thus violate the rights of humans, AIs have no emotions, feelings, or any type of sentience. As such, it is easy to see why researchers have been exploring ethical issues involving AIs, especially as technology continues to advance and AI becomes more powerful. In fact, some leading AI experts believe that the future of robotics may well involve an ethical approach to AIs.
In fact, one of the most intriguing areas of research involves how to design an ethical android. Known as the “Anime Project,” a group of researchers have been exploring the idea of designing a robot with a realistic, believable voice, similar to the one used in anime movies such as Dragonball Z and Evangelion. They believe that a robot, like the anime character Rintaro Mori, who was featured in the 1984 Japanese film The Mysterious Castle, may be able to bring humanity closer to other life. If successful, this innovative robotic android may pave the way for a new era of artificially intelligent robotic beings that resemble human beings in many ways.
Today, many think that robots will soon be able to understand and communicate with a wide range of people, including those that have autism, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. However, convincing robotic AIs to do such things may still be a ways off. However, as futurists look to the future, it appears that the first robots to perform such tasks as cooking and washing up will be those developed by the Japan Institute of Technology. The university has been developing computer vision systems that enable robots to identify parts of a kitchen and to make simple food preparation. Although these robots haven’t yet reached the status of the future kitchen manager, they do represent a step in the right direction.
In The End
One day, say futurists, robots may be able to perform even more complicated tasks, like picking up a piece of rice or picking a person’s shoe. Whether this happens in our lifetimes or not, one thing is clear: robots will continue to play a vital role in helping humans perform the mundane tasks that are left for us to do by ourselves. Will there ever be an artificially intelligent robotic dog that understands when it’s appropriate to bark or when it’s not? Probably not, but perhaps self-willed robots will be able to work on complex projects like building space colonies or creating artificial cities on Mars. For now, however, we can be comforted in the fact that as long as humans continue to pursue their passion for building robots, artificially intelligent robots will continue to follow their lead.