We’ve covered the robot revolution pretty steadily. Clearly we are poised on the edge of something big, and something that may (likely) profoundly affect the day to day lives of all of us and in a myriad of ways.
I can’t say that I’m looking forward to robot cops roaming the streets however.
Oh, I’ll probably get used to it.
(From The Financial Times)
According to a survey carried out last March by Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting, respondents were almost evenly divided over whether they would use hotels where the receptionist was a robot. In contrast, 40 per cent of respondents said they did not mind robots carrying out cleaning and other tasks not visible to the customer, compared with 17 per cent who were against the use of machines for such roles.
While automation may create fears of job losses, Rebecca Chesney, researcher at the Institute for the Future, a California-based think-tank, says more robotics will probably be introduced in the sector if people can appreciate their benefits. “We have a choice in how we implement some of these technologies in our food systems,” she says.
“We tend to think about machines replacing humans but we are also going to see new ways technologies are going to enhance our lives.”