Hello you sexy brutes.
So I’ve got my first exam tomorrow in autonomous mobile robotics! Fancy right? For the last week I’ve been revising (learning) the syllabus and researching some cool as fuck robots. As it goes, humans are weak, slow, unreliable, unpredictable, need sleep, need food, get emotional, the list goes on. Computers and robots on the other hand are pretty much the opposite, requiring only fuel, programming and maintenance.
Imagine a team of 5 people that have the task of locating and retrieving survivors of an earthquake. They’re pretty limited as to where they can walk, the amount of strength they have and the amount they can see at any given time. Now imagine if those 5 people had a drone that could autonomously fly over the site and use thermal cameras, image processing or sonar to locate where survivors are. The drone could hover over their location, and then the team can go directly to them for rescue.
What about a team of cleaner robots that could patrol around a city, detecting and eating litter, using that litter for fuel to power more litter collecting. If we lived in a world where people didn’t vandalize things, we could keep cities virtually litter free!
How about a robot that’s small enough to fit down your drain, locate a blockage, and absolutely blitz it. Or maybe you’re about to go for brain surgery, there’s a doctor and he’s guiding a high precision surgery robot that can accurately identify areas of the brain, and make highly stabilized incisions that would minimize collateral brain damage.
Robotics is a currently booming field with an infinite potential for good and evil. I think humans are going to have a very close relationship with robots in the future. Yeah they might take over and enslave us, but let’s be honest, we’ve pretty much enslaved ourselves in this society anyways. 😉