It seems inevitable that our interactions with machines will become more and more like our interaction with our fellow humans. We've already begun to make cars that respond to our voices, and our GPS systems respond with a voice of there own. It seems like just a matter of time until we use computers the way they do on the USS Enterprise. The question I want to explore, however, is how long until we're interacting with a computer like Data.
I came across this video and it puts forth the idea that not only is a robot revolution inevitable but that the media is preparing us to accept our new synthetic brothers with open arms. It's not unusual in the world of conspiracy for the "main stream media" to be accused of indoctrination, but this was a new one for me. The real point of interest for me in this video is the robot asking "what will it be like to be shut off?". I can't say that I am able to confirm that this is real or how it is done but it is creepy.
Recently in the news as well Is a robot from Japan that has the most realistic facial features and movement of any robot that has come before.
It's clear we are on the verge of a technological breakthrough, and not everyone will be happy about it. Is a robot takeover of mankind inevitable? Maybe not in our life time, and not in a terminator style war, but in a slow and therefore unnoticed takeover? A completely human-like robot could perform any job around. If you think outsourcing a call center to India is cheap, what if a computer could handle questions and think critically to provide answers. Are we ready for things like robotic law enforcement? Is it possible for man to really become obsolete?
The answer is simple, only when they can replace us at the one thing we're best at, being consumers.