Robots In The Uncanny Valley

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Have you ever thought of the idea of driving a car without actually driving it? Have you ever thought of the idea of being able to live on another planet? Have you thought of being able to fully immerse yourself into a video game at the comfort of your own home? Not only have these ideas been thought of and hypothesized, we could achieve these ideas in the not-so-distant future; but it’s going to take a lot of work to actually achieve it. Technology has not been a stranger to mankind. For as long as we have been on this planet, we have been studying and developing technology. When cavemen broke rocks into sharp weapons, that was a technological development. Caveman’s development of fire was also a large technological development. Bronze, chariots,…show more content…
A robot is, “a machine resembling a human being or animal and able to replicate certain human or animal movements and functions automatically”. Normally, robots are supposed to look like the thing it is representing. We as humans has done very well with was design and application of robotic animals. However, the design and application of human-like robots has not gone very well. We need to pass the robots through the Uncanny Valley. The Uncanny Valley is defined as “the phenomenon whereby a computer-generated figure or humanoid robot bearing a near-identical resemblance to a human being arouses a sense of unease or revulsion in the person viewing it”. Some of the humanoid robots that were created are still stuck in the uncanny valley. An example of a robot in the uncanny valley is Jules. Jules is a robot made by Hanson Robotics and he is very human-like, but there is something off about him. Because of the Uncanny Valley, humanoid robots are not very popular with people because this uneasy feeling it…show more content…
A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) is, “the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages”. There have been small developments of A.I. such as voice recognition from phones and electronic personal assistants like Siri and Alexa, but there hasn’t really been anything extreme or especially high-tech. In the hope that high-tech A.I. can be invented, there needs to be boundaries set on the implementation and use of A.I. If you have seen any of Terminator movies, you can see a perfect example of A.I. use gone bad. Because a perfect A.I. is a literal electronic brain, it would have thoughts of its own. If we were to design A.I. of that magnitude, we would have to put restrictions on it, and limit its ability to do things in the world. If we give it full control of itself, is it now a “person” of that country? Or is it still an object. Because of this reason, rules and laws must be made for the safety and protection of the human race and everything else living on this
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