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What happened to nature?
Kari A. Hintikka (M, 50)
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    What happened to nature?
    How to stay in touch with our biological origins in a world devoid of nature? The majestic nature that once inspired poets, painters and...
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    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    In the vision, intelligent robots will handle our daily frustrating home routines. But in the future, what are actual tasks human-formed robots are needed to handle?



    Image copyright: OmniCircus.

    Like AI (artificial intelligence), robots have been designed and constructed for decades as human-inspired four-limbed bodies with head. In my POV, this human replication has stucked the whole evolution of AI - and robos. AIs are extremely better to solve close-circuited problems like chess than human brains. But when it comes to decide whether to go outside when it's raining, and how much there could rain and still go to out, they are and will be incredibly dumb. Modern AI (like self-organizing maps) is another topic, this was just an introduction how humans still think their artificial replication for creating them - to their own shape and functions. So unimaginative :)

    Robos @ Home

    Let's start from home first. A robot is very handy to clean surfaces of home like tables, kitchen sink and bath tube. There might be some remains of liquids, like red wine, but do we actually have dust in future homes? At least, after miniatyrization and digital artefacts, we need less and less book/video/audio-shelves and other furnitures like monolithic home theater kits. More probably, we have some human-resistant bacterias living with us keeping all the surfaces always clean and hygienic and robo vacuum cleaners like Trilobite of Electrolux handle the rest if needed.

    Robots are handy to carry food and other house items from front door to kitchen and so. But in future, how many of us need so much food to carry in? At least, in middle class homes protein (vat or in vitro meat) and other nourishment will be grown in neat and fashionable designed tanks or so. With 3D fabbing and raw materials, it is handy to fab every snacks form from ice cream to energy sticks.

    Obviously, for elder people robots will very handy to assist to moving around home and out of it. But again, is human-size robot the best form to assist? Maybe just some muscle and bone enhancements and boosters from DARPA to consumer usage. Or something like Revolutionizing Prosthetics of DARPA. Actually, one can claim that, in the future, DARPA is one of the most known brand to solve all kind of daily things after it has piloted its wares first in battle fields with kyber soldiers :) Many innovations have happened to come to consumer markets from military and black-op use.

    Even nowadays, many people are talking to their plants when alone. Wouldn't it be more nice to talk to a plant if a plant'd talk back to you compared to some silly tincan sitting in your favourite armchair like an educated shrink? There could be talking plants - in some level - but anyway it might be more attractive to speak to beautiful plants than to Trilobites (althought rumours say that it is quite common to talk to Trilobites already in USA).

    Naturally, there will be various sensitive usage of androids, like Japanese sex dolls (Reuters 01:41). More about robosex industry in SpaceCollective in Cheap Robots by BenRayfield.

    Robos @ Work

    Without a doubt, robots will replace simple work versatilely from agriculture to industries and in some service sectors (if not self-serviced, like aeroplane check-ins). This will cause a lot of unemployment among the low class workers, illegal immigrants and so, but the consequences are another issue. Again, are human-like robots the most suitables to cope in there works or professions?

    Homeless Street Robos

    Robo artist Frank Garvey has made insightful approach to the one scenario of the future of robos in his OmniCircus like Goboy (beggar robot 1992) and Humper (robotic whore 1994 with Carl Pisaturo). In my POV, Garvey shows how it might be when stand-alone, more or less-brained robots are fully integrated to society. Hitek will always drop its price when appearing to mass market.

    So, fastforwarding some decades and robots available to every home, or at least almost every. Robots will be dumped to streets after malfunctions or just be put on the streets to earn and make professions human beings made earlier.

    On the streets, there might be continuous darwinian Survival of the fittest - humans vs. newcomers. It is hard to imagine how these poor, adandoned, crippled human-like robos will survive. Of course, it is possible that some humble people might emphatize this new Les Carbon Misérables and install - or donate - to them some M.A.R.K. 13 gear to defend itselves =)

    Personally I think that the future and shapes of (autonomous) robots looms on the adopting and replicating from nature, not from human beings, as recent development of robots shows, like robo colibri, spider and worm robos and autonomous flying robo swarms.

    Disclaimer: As you have noticed, sorry, I don't write read-proof English ;)
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