In my last article called the Pros and Cons Of Automation, I think I let the Cons win over the Pros.
I can envision a future world where cameras will be able to record practically everything in a city or even towns. It’s not as far-fetched as you would imagine. Some may say, that the cost wouldn’t make it feasible, but I bet a similar argument was presented with respect to street lights in the distant past. In fact thinking about it, it might even be possible to leverage street lights poles and wiring for such monitoring system today.
Another example is that we are able to do practically everything through our computer! For example, I’ve recently heard of a way to buy life insurance online, whereas just a few years ago when I applied for more life insurance through my employer, they sent out a nurse for blood work tests and I had to mail a form into my workplace. My how times have changed!
Someday, we might even all have robotic servants that manage and protect us, our homes and property. Why have watch dogs when you can have security robots patrolling your yard for practically the cost of just charging their battery or whatever power system is in place at that future time. If these security robots or systems detect an intruder, they can call the authorities and act as a defensive deterrent. Hopefully, such systems won’t be outfitted with any type of lethal weaponry.
Let’s say that your home fire alarm system detects a fire, well perhaps you have a robotic system that can handle putting out the fire right away. Such a robotic system could be specialized or just a general robot with such functionality built-in. Personally, I’d rather have small robotic systems that are specialized to handle such emergencies.
Robots could do such things as help you remember important dates, change the oil in your car, do shopping for you when your inventory in the host get’s low, do labor that use to be manual such as mowing the lawn, or dishes, or practically anything that you use to do yourself. Google has already created a car that can drive itself (although it’s still a decent way from becoming reality).
I could even see it come to a point where robots start to perform medical and legal assistance for their owners. Perhaps a medical robot could do tests to monitor your health, including blood work and the like. The tasks that robots can perform could be very empowering, especially if you are disabled or elderly.
I’ve just scratched the surface about what is possible with Robotics and Technology! For example, what if robots pushed their experiences to some kind of tech cloud? Then all robots of a particular model type could use such shared knowledge to increase their value to their owners. Shoot, the procedures could even be discarded after the task is complete, and then downloaded again when needed. Kind of spooky but cool huh!
The future could be pretty amazing!