With a background in electronics, computers and the Marines, it is only normal I should have an interest in robots. Already robots have changed the way we fight wars. A drone is nothing more than a specialized robot. It is certainly nice to be able to send out a drone to have a good look to see what enemy assets are in the area.
I saw on TV a robot that looks a lot like an ox. The Pentagon looked at it as a vehicle to carry a soldier’s ammunition and equipment while walking behind him. The robot they demonstrated actually had the ability to follow the soldier automatically. It sounded like a good idea to me, but with two changes. First, I would like to ride on the back of the robot and I would like to have two fifty-caliber machineguns mounted out in front of me. From what I understand the defense department discontinued the idea. The robot was too noisy. Still, I would guess they are still looking into it. A robot capable of running thirty or forty miles an hour for a few hours is something I would want to have on my side.
I also noticed they have two-legged robots. They walk, run and even do flips. I am sure there are a few Vietnam vets that wished they had something like that walking out in front of the squad. First, the robot might be better at spotting the enemy and booby traps. Even more, if the robot tripped one, the robot would be lost. That would be bad, but not nearly as bad as a soldier setting one off.
The robots have many other uses too, that is, besides the assembly lines. Think of it. A surgeon in Seattle can perform procedures on a man in Nome, Alaska. In addition, the surgeons can use the robots locally because the movements can be more precise than a human’s hands. Also, they can access very small places. I suppose the robots have other advantages in surgery, but I’m no expert on it.
In a related field, bionics are making large strides. In the near future, people who are paralyzed, or even missing legs, will walk as well or better than those of us who still have our legs. It beats using crutches. I know. I had to use them for quite a while after breaking my ankle.
Of course, one new field for robots is in cars and trucks. In the near future, most of us might not drive our own cars. Though it produces a whole new set of problems, the robots will likely be much safer. They have instant reactions and they don’t get distracted. Some people would likely insist on doing their own driving, but eventually, all cars will be driven by a computer.
I suppose I’m not telling most of you anything new. Most of what I have written is common knowledge. However, I think I have a new use for a robot; one that no one else has thought of. They could build one that would MC the OSCARS. Just think; it would have no prejudice. It wouldn’t laugh at its own jokes, and its feelings wouldn’t be hurt if people made fun of it. Then of course, the biggest advantage would be that it would have no history. No one could find something that it did forty years ago while in the first grade.