by Samuel Firman
Right off I want to thank PonGoad and her article about robots. She got me thinking which is becoming harder and harder to do. I had been wondering about writing an article for Christmas and now she has provided me with the article and a gift I can send to everyone in the world. I am sending all of you a robot, or at least a reason to get one. Robots are the future and we are no longer in the past. The present will slip right by you if you don't begin to interface with the robots of our new world.
Let me set some ground rules for what robots are and what they should be. Robots will be incapable of harming humankind. They will be guided by all the rules Isaac Asimov set out years ago. Robots will be respected by humans. If we are to expect them to take over various and sundry labors and toils for humans we must, in turn, respect their existence and do all we can to support and assist their assigned chores. We will have to learn to love them or at least not to interfere with them. Robots must be allowed to rule among their own kind while being ever and wholly subservient to humans.
The rest of this essay is dedicated to easing the fears and insecurities of my fellow human beings when it comes to living with the host of robots that are rapidly growing in our midst. First of all, the big bugaboo. They do not steal jobs. They do not take away from humans ability to lead successful, fulfilling, happy lives. They do, instead, enhance our ability to live such lives relieved of the tedious, boring and often unsafe or unhealthy actions we humans are subject to without our robotic friends.
Secondly, robots do not have to be expensive to build, obtain or maintain. Much can be done by robots themselves. If they can build a modern automobile, which they can, then surely they can build other robots as well. Even the mining, refining and eventual tooling of the materials to make robots can be done by robots. Once these robots get sophisticated enough they will even be able to foresee human needs. They will be able to perceive and understand the needs and desires of the human world and develop robots to fulfill such requirements. They will become nurturers of humanity.
Lastly, robots will not displace humans. No, they will free humans to grow, expand and fill the earth. When old Earth is full, robots will allow us safe passage to other worlds out there among the cosmos. I know all this seems like so much science fiction to many of you. This may seem like pie in the sky. Look around! If you look real close you will see that robots are now ubiquitous to our lives. Your automobile, your appliances, your everyday existence is already subject to interaction with robots. More are coming. Embrace them, they are your future.