According to recent estimates on the growth of robotics in the US military, by 2023, there will be about 10 robots for every one human soldier. Obviously this doesn’t mean that we’ll have an army of Terminators to do all the fighting while the boys stay at home drinking beer, but it means that when human soldiers do have to go into battle, there will be a small personal squadron of bots looking for landmines, laying down suppressive fire, peering around corners and over obstacles and distracting the enemy.
Despite the blatant fear mongering inherent in repeatedly referring to automated weapons as “killer robots” — it seems the UN is poised to ban soulless murder machines before they can become a fully-formed reality. The new resolution would ensure that humans, who have an impeccable record of executing prudent judgment while dispensing violent force, have final control of targeting decisions.
Mapping our world is big business, and it’s important business— from understanding our planet, to keeping tabs on population to just knowing the best way to get around, we’re always looking at new and better and faster ways to collect data on our surroundings. And with small, cheap flying drone technology, we could have robots doing constant measuring and monitoring and surveillance for us. Like tiny little mechanical guardian angels.
Japanese astronaut will be bringing a small talking robot into space. Don’t let it operate the pod bay doors.
When astronaut Koichi Wakada heads up to the International Space Station in August, he’ll have with him a little friend— a 13 inch tall robot named Kirobo. The robot will be able to carry on conversations with the astronauts on board to a certain extent. Or it, may gain self-awareness, realize the hopelessness of its predicament and murder everyone on board. Flip a coin.
Since the very beginning of motion pictures, people have been creating fictional robots, some more likable than others. What are some of your favorite robots created for movies or TV? I’m going with Box from Logan’s Run… he didn’t have a whole lot of screen time, but something about that ice cave robot I just love.