Har­ness­ing the na­ture with ro­bots

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Com­pared to beasts, man is a del­i­cate crea­ture of this ecosys­tem. He is more sen­si­tive to tem­per­a­ture changes like heat and cold and gets in­fected with the bac­te­ria and other pathogens very quickly. Sci­en­tists world­wide have evolved tech­nolo­gies to en­able mankind to re­sist those changes. But since each tech­nol­ogy also pro­duces some side ef­fects due to which the en­vi­ron­ment is get­ting pol­luted with a quicker rate, caus­ing se­ri­ous concern in the sci­en­tific fra­ter­nity.

Ro­bots, the ma­chines in­vented in the twen­ti­eth cen­tury are ca­pa­ble of slow­ing down the fall­outs of mod­ern tech­nolo­gies to a great ex­tent, if not to­tally weed­ing out the prob­lems of side ef­fects. Ro­bots are not only the me­chan­i­cal arms, feet, but also act as brains of and give man re­lief to take de­ci­sions at times.

They are most suited the mo­not­o­nous jobs of cut­ting, weld­ing, and paint­ing in the fac­to­ries. They re­spond to sounds, light, touch, prox­im­ity, smell, and tastes – like those of hu­man be­ings. Such ca­pa­bil­i­ties like learn­ing, walk­ing, talk­ing, recog­nis­ing faces and tak­ing in­de­pen­dent de­ci­sions like hu­man be­ings, make them the faith­ful and the loyal ser­vants of their own­ers.

They can work in ex­tremely hot and cold con­di­tions un­like men, yet they don’t com­plain. They don’t form labour unions and de­mand wages for ex­tra work from their em­ployer. It is but nat­u­ral that they are pre­ferred over the work­men. That is why the in­dus­trial es-

tab­lish­ments are get­ting more and more mech­a­nised. More­over, goods pro­duced by them are su­pe­rior and bulky.

In war times, they may go to any ter­rain, and take po­si­tion at any front with­out an iota of fear. Given these qual­i­ties, writ­ing on the wall is get­ting clear that ro­bots would re­place more and more hands, in­clud­ing those in the houses.

Hy­brid ro­bots on anvil

Since there would be em­ploy­ment crises around the world, times are likely to come when mar­kets would have goods but peo­ple will have no pur­chas­ing power. On the other hand, the pros­per­ity of a coun­try would de­pend upon the gen­er­a­tion of ro­bots pos­sessed by it and not that of its young pop­u­la­tion. In this back­drop the world has to re­con­sider its pop­u­la­tion pol­icy, right from now.

Hu­manoids re­sem­ble hu­man be­ings in their ap­pear­ances. But, the tech­nol­ogy of the day are try­ing to build hy­brid type of ro­bots which are the com­bi­na­tion of men and ma­chines, for col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion about dis­tant stars and plan­ets, where trans­port­ing food and the life sup­port­ing sys­tem for men would be im­pos­si­ble for the tech­nol­ogy of the day.

So far it has been en­abled to re­duce the hu­man ef­fort to a great ex­tent. Robot which may be worn like aprons may as­sist the sick, old and in­firm in walk­ing and mov­ing with less amount of phys­i­cal labour. This may save him from ra­di­a­tion also.

Let this tech­nol­ogy be com­mer­cialised and made wor­thy of use at the Earth. Since it won’t carry the equip­ments re­quired by the astro­nauts, it would be cheaper also, yet ca­pa­ble of im­prov­ing the qual­ity of our lives.

Such ro­bots would be in con­stant touch of hu­man body, could have the sys­tems of mea­sur­ing the tem­per­a­ture, blood pres­sure, heart beat, sugar level in the blood of the peo­ple, wear­ing them, and pro­vide plethora of de­tails of their health all the time.

This would open new vis­tas of study­ing the ge­n­e­sis of var­i­ous kinds of dis­eases and help pro­vide quick medi­care reach­ing the pa­tients. The apron-like ma­chine, cov­er­ing the whole of the hu­man body, would save

the wearer from dis­eases like malaria, dengue and chikun­gu­nia spread by the mos­qui­toes.

The suit may help economis­ing tem­per­a­ture con­trol sys­tem as it would be meant for the wearer rather than for the whole room or the hall. It would also be pos­si­ble to defe­cate any time any­where, be in the pub­lic, with­out let­ting any­one know about it and also take bath, economis­ing the use of wa­ter.

The waste may col­lect in an air-tight con­tainer where it is changed into com­post by util­is­ing power pro­duced by the sil­i­con chips stud­ding the sur­face of apron. Stud­ies may be con­ducted to find out the en­zymes present in the di­ges­tive sys­tem of pigs and vul­tures, and other scav­eng­ing crea­tures which con­vert biowastes into pro­teins and cul­tur­ing the same in the cham­ber of ro­bots which col­lects hu­man waste.

The houses of the fu­ture may dis­pense with the toi­lets and bath­rooms, and also the kitchens! The pres­sure on the land would de­crease to a large ex­tent. Last but not the least; it would not en­able out­siders to know if the per­son be­hind the apron is a male or fe­male!

Nat­u­rally, there would be con­trol over the of­fences of eve-teas­ing etc. yet it would be pos­si­ble for the peo­ple to prove their iden­tity from fin­ger­prints and colour of eye-balls when­ever called for se­cu­rity pur­poses. Bet­ter said that great dreams lead great in­ven­tions!

Ro­bots can do things more pre­cisely than hu­mans.

Hu­man robot with think­ing


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