Posted November 03, 2018 10:31:28While the term ‘botocalypse’ is a buzzword these days, there was a time when it was used as a pejorative against those who might try to do something to ‘save humanity’ or ‘save the world’.
In the late 19th century, the term was used to describe those who attempted to create a robot that could perform tasks, like typing, by accident.
As technology evolved, though, the concept of a robot apocalypse has faded from the zeitgeist.
Nowadays, the word’s meaning is used to mean a society in which robots are far more common than humans.
The term robot apocalypse was coined by a man named Henry Ford, who used the term in his book The Automobile of Tomorrow to describe the “dangerous” technological developments of the early 20th century.
Ford explained in his 1920 book The Great Automobile Robbery that the “Robot has already become so powerful that the machine is the only thing we can trust.”
Ford, of course, wasn’t alone in his prediction of a looming robot apocalypse.
In his 1920 essay The Future of Life, futurist Max Born argued that “Robots are going to do the work of a thousand people before they can even think of a job.”
“Robots have already become such powerful that they have created machines that can do tasks that have been done by millions of people before them,” Born wrote.
“The only way to avoid a robot catastrophe is to work with robots.”
Born argued that the world was on the brink of a “post-human” future in which machines will be “too cheap to care for,” and that humans will become “too wealthy to care about” the planet.
In the early 2020s, a team of futurists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst published a book called Robot Apocalypse: How the Future Will Transform the World, which argued that humanity would face a “catastrophic situation” unless humans acted.
In a new TED Talk, a futurism professor at the University at Buffalo, William M. Johnson, wrote that the rise of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) has been “driven by the desire to create jobs, improve human lives, and to advance human progress.
These advances will transform the workplace, and eventually the world.”
Johnson told the audience that in the past, “the robots had no place in our lives.
They were not needed in our factories, and they were not wanted by our bosses.
But now, thanks to automation, we are in a position to turn the robots into a part of our daily lives.
We can replace them with intelligent, caring machines.”
Johnson’s optimistic prediction comes as the U.S. and China are both investing heavily in research into robots.
In December, the U,S.
Commerce Department released a report outlining progress on robotics and AI in the 21st century, which showed that the global research and development (R&D) industry is on track to double its annual revenue by 2021, and that the U.,S.
leads the world in R&D spending.
Johnson, who is also the CEO of Singularity University, argued that AI and robotics will become more pervasive, and said that it would become increasingly difficult for humans to keep up with advances in robotics.
“As the number of robots increases, so does the need for humans,” Johnson wrote.
“A future in robots where robots are a substitute for humans is not far away.
It’s already happening, and it’s happening fast.”
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“Robot-assisted manufacturing” is the use of robots to produce goods.
Robots can make things, such as tools, clothing, and more, that humans could never do on their own.
In 2017, the University and Robotics Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, led by MIT Professor Stephen D. Levinson, released the Robotic Hand , a tool to help robots make hands that can perform a variety of tasks.
“Automation is transforming the way we make things,” Levinson told CNBC.
“We’ve got a number of different ways in which we’re changing the manufacturing process, from robotics to automation to software.”
In 2018, the University at Chicago released a study called The Future of Work: Automation, Knowledge, and the Economy.
It outlined how automation could improve productivity and the quality of life.
If machines are smarter than humans, they could be able to do more things faster.
There is already a growing market for robots, but many of them are expensive and inefficient.
A robot’s main purpose is to help with tasks that humans don’t normally do.
For example, some robots can do the following tasks better than humans: turn a knob, lift a wheel,