Robotics News – The National Interest in Artificial Intelligent Systems


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Robotics News Charlie Rose has written a new book that discusses the future of technology and its effect on us. It is called A Brief History of robotics: A Science and Space Odyssey and features interviews with robotic experts such as John McCarthy, John Grace, Kevin Costner, JPL engineer Melinda Blau, and NASA administrator Jim O’Neil. It’s a good read full of interesting details on how we got to where we are today with our current technologies and what the future may hold for us in that regard.

An Overview

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There are a lot of people who work in robotics and those who design and build robots. There are also a lot of people out there who are working to produce artificial intelligent robotic androids which can work alongside humans and even replace them for some jobs. These types of robotic android have already won some science and technology fairs and are making heads turn all over the world. There are some of these systems that are able to do tasks such as picking up objects, diagnosing problems, and making repairs without human supervision. This is quite incredible stuff and is going to be very helpful in the not so distant future.

The book also delves into the psychological effects of technological development on humans. Rose does a very good job of explaining how we are motivated by things such as work, survival, and the desire to impress others. How that motivation can actually subside when we reach certain milestones within those categories. It’s an interesting journey through the human mind.

Know History

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The book then describes the history of robotic evolution and the development of different types of systems. This includes combat, surveillance, factory automation, and the military. It is a very quick read with lots of examples. I really liked the discussions about how different types of systems developed relative to each other and how human minds interact with them. These are things I know nothing about but the author has a masterful way of putting it across.

The chapters start off with a look at the history of warfare. How this happened and what were the concerns during the development of certain weapons. Rose makes a point that some of these weapons are dangerous now and could be very destructive if used incorrectly. It makes sense to think about how we use them and what our goals might be. The author then looks at the future of warfare and looks at the various threats we might face and also discusses some potential robotic weapons that might be used.

Production

It then moves into the topic of factories and how they have been modified to produce more goods than we could produce using manual labor. The system becomes more automated and allows machines to do most of the work instead of people. It might be something like replacing entire assembly lines to put more products on the shelves. There are many different possibilities but there will always be an element of human interaction required for productivity to increase.

In terms of creating more automated manufacturing systems the author looks at three different manufacturers. The three are Whirlpool, North American Auto, and International Business Machines. Each of these manufacturers has had their own unique manufacturing system for over a hundred years. They have developed each one to a particular specification and have the skills to continue to develop new and improved systems. It makes sense to consider where the market is today and how that affects us in the future.

Conclusion

Overall this is a good and interesting read on a very important topic regarding the future of our civilization. It is a very good introduction to the topic and provides some possible avenues of attack or defense for the United States. robotics news does have some very good coverage of both sides of the debate.

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