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    I find it very interesting watching developments in robotics, since this is an indicator of a new technology which will revolutionise what the world does. One right now is a robot that "eats shit". It is a self propelled machine that will cruise through swer pipes to clear blockages and carry out repairs, literally swimming through human feces. Not something a human would want to do! It also uses the fecal matter around it as fuel. It does not need any extra energy source.

    The world is on the edge of a revolution in robotics. All of us will be strongly affected. Elderly people will be tended by robots able to take vocal commands and see to their special needs, thus freeing up nursing staff (there is already a prototype in operation in Japan). Something similar will revolutionise life for the sick and disabled among us.

    But what is also fascinating is the implications for the natural environment. Here in New Zealand, for example, we have a major problem with introduced mammalian predators (stoats, rats, mice, possums) which we can control to a degree with massive effort, but cannot eliminate. The recovery of native bird species and native rain forest would be dramatic if we could simply get rid of them. But once robots become sophisticated enough, and cheap enough to be released in large numbers, we could have robots programmed to kill rats, stoats, mice and possums, and they would not rest. The change in the natural ecology would be dramatic!

    Or do you think I am being overly optimistic?

    What other implications are there for the world with this revolution in robotics?


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    What other implications are there for the world with this revolution in robotics?
    100% unemployment - if we are lucky.


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    But once robots become sophisticated enough, and cheap enough to be released in large numbers, we could have robots programmed to kill rats, stoats, mice and possums, and they would not rest
    But many of those critters are needed in the environment they live in. You could try birth control methods by making the critters sterile so that only so many would populate an area. That can be done with putting certain chemicals into bait food .

    Robots have their place in our world to help humanity. Depends upon who programs them and for what.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skeptic View Post
    I find it very interesting watching developments in robotics, since this is an indicator of a new technology which will revolutionise what the world does. One right now is a robot that "eats shit". It is a self propelled machine that will cruise through swer pipes to clear blockages and carry out repairs, literally swimming through human feces. Not something a human would want to do! It also uses the fecal matter around it as fuel. It does not need any extra energy source.

    The world is on the edge of a revolution in robotics. All of us will be strongly affected. Elderly people will be tended by robots able to take vocal commands and see to their special needs, thus freeing up nursing staff (there is already a prototype in operation in Japan). Something similar will revolutionise life for the sick and disabled among us.

    But what is also fascinating is the implications for the natural environment. Here in New Zealand, for example, we have a major problem with introduced mammalian predators (stoats, rats, mice, possums) which we can control to a degree with massive effort, but cannot eliminate. The recovery of native bird species and native rain forest would be dramatic if we could simply get rid of them. But once robots become sophisticated enough, and cheap enough to be released in large numbers, we could have robots programmed to kill rats, stoats, mice and possums, and they would not rest. The change in the natural ecology would be dramatic!

    Or do you think I am being overly optimistic?

    What other implications are there for the world with this revolution in robotics?
    I dread to think of a robotic world. As we are now it is already dangerous, this mindset that robots will make a better world is to my mind sick and needs attention. Mind you technology is not a problem, but with some type of human minds robots will take over, the same as greed is taking over.
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    How much you dread it is not relevant, since it will happen regardless.

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    The vermin killing robots would be designed and programmed for an environment. The example I gave was to eliminate the introduced pests in my country, and their total removal would be a major gain. Elsewhere, the programmed killers would be different, to suit local needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stargate View Post
    I dread to think of a robotic world. As we are now it is already dangerous, this mindset that robots will make a better world is to my mind sick and needs attention. Mind you technology is not a problem, but with some type of human minds robots will take over, the same as greed is taking over.
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    But many of those critters are needed in the environment they live in.
    They most certainly are not. Skeptic is from New Zealand. I'm from Australia.

    Those animals he listed are feral pests that have severely damaged our countries and driven many indigenous species to extinction.

    And in Australia, we've had the weird experience of turning some of our wildlife into pest species - by the simple expedient of providing water sources that were never there before we started drilling into the Artesian Basin.

    And robotics is the answer to returning their environment back to a more natural scale of access to water. The technology is also suitable for excluding domestic animals from parks and forests where they are the pests.

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    What other implications are there for the world with this revolution in robotics?
    100% unemployment - if we are lucky.
    Or something like Star Trek where we don't have to slave to accumulate money and we are free to concentrate on actual important things like science and society.
    It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
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    It is already possible to build a miniature gas chromatograph, which is almost microscopic. This would provide a robot with the equivalent of a sense of smell, to track down vermin. Add to my earlier list of vermin, for Oz and NZ, rabbits, foxes, cane toads, fire ant nests, and possibly a few more.

    I have this image in my mind (which is probably wrong, but what the heck) of a robot built like a tiny snake, that sniffs the air to find pests, and tracks and kills them. It's energy source would somehow come from the flesh of its victims. It will not evolve, since it does not reproduce. Just gets made in a factory. This robot would operate 24 hours, 365 days, and totally clean out a territory of all pests. Native species would not be harmed, since the robot would be programmed to leave them alone. In fact, native species would thrive with the removal of those horrible alien predators.
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    Arg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!eeeek Run, Robots are coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stargate View Post
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    Arg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!eeeek Run, Robots are coming.
    No.

    You really should try and get over your childish phobias.

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    What other implications are there for the world with this revolution in robotics?
    100% unemployment - if we are lucky.
    Or something like Star Trek where we don't have to slave to accumulate money and we are free to concentrate on actual important things like science and society.
    Yes.
    (By unemployment, I didn't mean unoccupied.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
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    Strange,

    Arg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!eeeek Run, Robots are coming.
    No.

    You really should try and get over your childish phobias.

    Bot & Dolly's Iris, World's most advanced Robotic motion control camera system - YouTube
    New Honda Robot ASIMO 2012 - All features and behaviors - YouTube
    A very human-like robot invented by Japanese engineers
    You seem to think fear of anything is phobia, I am just realizing that you do not understand the difference between fear and phobia. I have fear inside of me, and I control it, you on the other hand don't seem to have such a thing so you say yes to everything because it names technology. You have to try and learn what is dangerous and out of control and not spew a technological disease on the rest of humanity. You may laugh at me today, but as I continue to live, tomorrow is another day.

    There is a story written by a South African called "Indaba my Children" you should try getting a hold of it and read it. I know you won't because you already made up your mind that you have all the answers.
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