We can only un­der­stand the next step in ro­botic evo­lu­tion by first un­der­stand­ing the hu­man heart

India Today - - WINNING - HEN­RIK SCHÄRFE by Ku­nal Prad­han

Will the real Hen­rik Schärfe please stand up? Rap­per Eminem’s ‘Slim Shady’ cho­rus got a whole new mean­ing as Schärfe, a ro­bot­ics pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Aal­borg, Den­mark, in­tro­duced his rapt au­di­ence to two sides of him. One is the walk­ing, talk­ing, liv­ing, breath­ing ver­sion, and the other is a sit­ting, talk­ing, mov­ing, an­droid al­ter-ego.

Schärfe, who teaches ro­bot­ics and stud­ies the hu­man re­sponse to his Gemi­noid DK, pre­sented a fas­ci­nat­ing, even if slightly creepy, peek into the fu­ture. HU­MAN TOUCH

Our grand­par­ents were born in a world with­out elec­tric­ity. What kind of world will our grand­chil­dren live in?

The fu­ture of ro­bot­ics, just like the fu­ture of the hu­man race, is in our hands, not the other way around.

Tech­nol­ogy af­fects not just our lives but also our self­aware­ness. It must be used not just for con­ve­nience but also for the holis­tic growth of our species.

Hu­man ex­is­tence means that wher­ever you are, you will al­ways be some­where. You might get lost, but you’re al­ways some­where.

See ro­bots not as a threat but as a form of me­dia that al­lows us to com­mu­ni­cate with one an­other. It will then be able to per­form cer­tain func­tions for us, per­haps even al­low us to be at more places at one time. WHAT LIES AHEAD There will be mul­ti­ple ‘Yous’ in the fu­ture. The real ‘You’ can then per­form the most im­por­tant task at hand, while oth­ers can per­form sup­ple­men­tary du­ties at the same time, rais­ing over­all ef­fi­ciency.

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