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Will Robots Ever Rule the World?

March 30th, 2023

The idea of robots becoming autonomous beings has long been a popular theme in science fiction, but with advancing technologies, one question is at the forefront of many minds: could robots rule the world?

Even though robots are becoming increasingly advanced, there are still limits to what they can do. For example, robots are programmed to perform specific tasks and are unable to make cognitive decisions for themselves based on limited inputs. Other limitations include hardware and software capabilities which can be improved through upgrades and maintenance but cannot currently match the flexibility and adaptability of the human brain.

As robots do not have the cognitive abilities of humans, they require human operators to program and maintain them. Yes, there have been incredible advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning, but these items are still being introduced to the greater public. And even so, there is one key element that is required, human input.  While there have been advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, these technologies are still far from replicating the complexity and distinction of human thought.

Artificial intelligence is currently emerging in many ways, shapes, and forms. Data shows that 37% of businesses currently employ AI and the market is expected to contribute $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030. With this new wave of technological advancements, there are advantages and disadvantages. On a positive note, AI-based technologies reduce human error, take away safety risks, are available 24/7, replace repetitive jobs, etc. In a darker light, AI has high costs of creation, no emotion or creativity, and has no moral or ethical bounds. Often when technological advancements arise, morality is dismissed in the name of science and progression. Though for the foreseeable future robots will not rule the world, nothing is impossible. The possibility of robots "taking over" so to speak increases when morality is void in the creation process.

Regardless of advancements in artificial intelligence, robotics has proven to play a critical role in providing a better quality of life and better safety for many people. Robots are used in manufacturing, healthcare, defense, and even space exploration, where they can perform tasks that are dangerous or difficult for humans. Rather than being a replacement to humans, robots become tools that people utilize to enhance various processes, such as performing tasks with higher precision and accuracy than a human can achieve. In these cases, humans can focus their efforts on tasks that require creativity and problem-solving whereas robots can perform the tasks that are repetitive and/or dangerous.

Ultimately, though the idea of robots ruling the world may make for good science fiction, there is a limit on what they can accomplish without human input. It is unlikely, but NOT impossible.

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