5 Robot Myths: Busted

 

Will robots take over the world? That may be the plot of many a science fiction movie, but for the most part, our perceptions about robotics are based on falsehoods. Let’s explore these 5 common myths.


1. Robots will eliminate jobs.

In fact, robots will increase jobs in the engineering, design and manufacturing fields. As more processes become automated with robotics, humans will be free to do other work instead of the repetitive tasks that took much longer. The savings and productivity that stem from advances in robotics will spark economic growth in response to a production increase.


2. Robots will learn to destroy humanity.

While robots are programmed to learn actions and be trained for specific tasks, they are still machines. Robotic intelligence has limits since they are not sentient beings. They will not be able to realize they could take over the world and break free from their programs.


3. Robots operate by “magic.”

The programming and testing that goes into creating AI is just like any other scientific field. There are programmers and engineers who must develop the code and technology behind the robots that enables them to learn and think.


4. Robots are expensive.

Building a robot doesn’t have to be expensive. The most expensive parts are the hardware and sensors but many robots can be built utilizing other types of materials. Since the field of robotics is growing at a fast pace across the world, an increase in demand will help lower costs.


5. Robots are hard to use.

Most of us already have a robot in our pockets. We don’t think of Siri or Cortana, the virtual assistants in our phones, as the types of robots we see portrayed in the movies, but their functionality is representative of robotics. With the push of a button, robots can give us help and answers to questions.

 

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