The smart robotic
Interaction with robots have long fascinated humans. Most of the 90s sci-fi movies either revolved around alien invasions or collaboration with machines and robots. Perhaps, that’s the reason why we were always prepared to interact with non-humans. And now, the time is nearing when we will have many robots in our friends’ circle. Isn’t this…. Creepy?
Well, not really! Humans usually have a habit of talking to inanimate objects. Many times, we inadvertently say ‘sorry’ to a table we hit, or say any bad word to it to reduce our frustration. Children and even some teens talk to their toys, teddies, and dolls, considering these things their pals. We even say ‘shut up’ to our GPS app when it tries to dictate us on the route. That is why, when technology provided us with smart assistants, like Alexa and Siri, we quickly became used to with them.
It’s a human instinct to look for the life-like personification of things and get more connected to them. Whether it is about seeing smiling faces in clouds or having humorous chat with Siri, we humans don’t mind making friends with things. And now, the technology will bless us with another way to make new friends – the AI-powered robots. Unlike conventional machines, these bots will be smarter, much like humans leveraging artificial intelligence. These bots will not require our IP information to interact with us. Rather we will certainly have physical interaction with them as well.
Bridging the gap between robots and humans
Although the technology available at present has sufficiently met our requirements. Nonetheless, people are still not as comfortable or adapted to technology as they should. It is because of the absence of some features that fail to transform machines into robots. The artificial intelligence is certainly expected to bridge these gaps. Some of the traits that AI need to address include.
Ever wondered why we prefer Google over physical libraries? It is because of the ease of accessibility to our desired information. We don’t have to go through catalogs, rather searching by a single keyword will bring everything related at hand. Similarly, we will embrace robots if AI makes them smart enough to interact with us in a more human-like way, just as Siri, Alexa, or Cortana do.
Presently, the robotic machines simply assist us in our chores by exactly following our commands. That’s why, whether we give the command to a microwave, a vacuum cleaner, or a robot, we feel the same. Since these bots are not smart enough to ‘understand’ us, they cannot give customized reactions. With artificial intelligence, the bots will supposedly become more intelligent to gauge our moods according to our expressions and give personalized reactions. This will help us feel more connected to the robots.
Although, the bots have stepped into different customer support jobs for assisting humans. But still, they lack that sense of personal care that is the essence of therapeutic and healthcare sector. The bots can help us solve problems, but cannot make patients feel good for now. However, if the AI trains them to develop that sense of care, then the technology will be a breakthrough for the treatment of socially disturbed individuals.
Will AI-robots affect our social lives
Technology has significantly affected our lifestyle both positively as well as negatively. On one hand, the internet, smartphones, and social media platforms have turned the world into a global village by shortening distances. On the other hand, the same technology has made us ignorant of the people physically present around us. We do not find time to interact with our family and friends – forget about making new friends.
With AI-powered bots, some people argue that the increase in connection with these bots will negatively affect human socialization. If we become friends with bots, we may not even bother to make friends with humans. To some extent, this seems a blessing for the underconfident and socially deprived individuals as they can get a friend who will stay with them in all goods and bads. However, excessive reliance on bots for friendships will certainly reduce human-human interactions. People may even stop tolerating others’ moods and preferences when their robotic friends are always optimistic about them.
In the end, it all depends on how we adopt this technology. Having smart robots will greatly help us execute our routine activities more efficiently. Besides, whether at the office or at home, these bots will not make us feel lonely or mechanical. Rather they will keep us entertained as we perform our chores. Nonetheless, the responsibility to use this technology carefully remains on our shoulders. If we succeed in maintaining a balance between human-human and human-robot interactions, then the new robotic era with AI will certainly make the world an even better place where both the humans as well as the robots will be your friends.