Gregory Dudek, a robotics researcher at the McGill University recently made some revelations into the future of automation. Dudek went so far as to say that in the future, the robots would do everything that require human participation today. According to him, the machine people would look after the elderly, drive the automated cars, cook the meals and serve as an army to protect the borders of the country. They would also explore the depths of oceans and skies to retrieve a wealth of valuable information that could be crucial in improving the value of existence.
However, these claims barely come as a surprise though, courtesy the film industry churning out future visions of a robotic world just how Dudek predicted. It is hardly reasonable that Dudek is predicting anything groundbreaking. In fact, many industries already employ robots for various purposes. From the healthcare to the automotive industry, the robots are already handling crucial tasks everywhere. Rarely, you can actually find people who do not believe in the progressive advancement of the robotics industry. However, the real world has its own set of protocols and systems. So, Dudek took the efforts to inform the lawmakers about the prospects of the robotics industry. He was speaking at a recent convention organized by the science & engineering partnership group.
He pointed out to the recent trends in the industry. In fact, he intends to play a key role in motivating the commercialization of robots production. He notes that nowadays automatic cars can park themselves using a system of sensors and controls. He cited the example of the NASA robotic system to Mars. This Mars robot is capable of conducting a highly complicated sequence of actions set on split second timing. This robot is capable of executing a complex level of actions all by itself because a signal from the space center in Earth would take 15 minutes to reach the machine in Mars’ atmosphere.
He also pointed out to everyday automated actions from machines with ingrained artificial intelligence. Dudek was quick to remind the attendees at the conference that their smartphones also have artificial intelligence actions, which is how those devices execute complicated instructions from their owners. The professor presented a series of examples to illustrate the future applications of the robots.
His examples included auto-driving vehicles, exoskeleton systems for the disabled enabling them to walk, home utility robots to prepare food and maintain cleanliness, taking care of the elderly, and accessing places that are yet unreachable for humans.
On the enquiry of the apprehension that the robots might take over the control, Dudek was smart to refute the fear. However, although he provided logical reasons of extended robot activity, yet he refrained from furnishing any clear logic on why he thinks that the robots would not pose any threat. His reply was amusing and irrelevant when he said that pets like dogs and cats are smarter than the robots and they may pose the threat to take over the world, but not the robots.