Should we be concerned that Japan’s idea of a robotic astronaut looks it was designed by a 14-year-old girl who’s read too much Manga?
As part of my occasional series about our coming robot overlords, I present this video from Boston Dynamics, featuring a camo wearing robot with a gas mask. The main point of the video is to demonstrate it’s walking capabilities and range of motion.
I understand the benefit of wearing camo for robots as they prepare to exterminate us meat bags, but why a gas mask? Are robots vulnerable to poison gas?
Meet Baxter, the latest in a line of industrial robots that will take yur jerb!
Industrial robots and automation have been changing manufacturing for decades now. And with every new innovation, we always have this doom and gloom about how robots are going to destroy all the manufacturing jobs. This of course, ignores the main reason US manufacturing jobs have declined in recent decades: Cheap overseas labor that’s willing to work for low wages and difficult conditions. Conditions that are so bad, manufacturers have to instal suicide prevention nets for when the workers finally do break.
Robots are changing the face of manufacturing, it’s true. And the advent of automobile put buggy whip makers out of work. Workers are going to be retrained. People are going to be needed to build, install, and maintain the robots and do the things robots can’t do.
But none of that will matter unless we as a society stop rewarding companies in their race to the bottom in working conditions with countries like China.