Question by Wizard: Does anyone agree or disagree with this about the concept of robotics?
Majoring in Robotics is not as good as majoring in Electrical engineering or Mechanical engineering because Robotics teaches us to make our machines and technology mimic human form to be considered useful, it’s possible to make the exact same thing not in a form resembling a human for example, it would therefor not look like a robot, but it would do the exact same thing. What reason is there to desire to make everything look and mimic the human form to be ideal or acceptable or useful to us ?
Answer by Nicholas
I don’t believe the main goal of robotics is to mimic human form but instead to perform tasks for humans. The motivation to create a robots can be extremely varied such as the task being too unsafe, the task being to boring, the task being to complex, etc. In many of these situations the robot can’t be just like a human because humans are inadequate.
I think most engineers would agree with me that the simplest solution is usually the best solution. Humans are quite complex and while they can inspire engineering during robot design they have many unnecessary systems that are not needed in every application. The majority of the robots out their are very simple and are very distant from the human form. Take a cd player for instance. It is a robot. It is nothing like a human and a human couldn’t perform the task.
There is definitely a push to get more generic robots that can do anything a human can giving them greater utility in unforeseen situations. The implication of a robot being able to do everything a human can do is immense. Imagine a robot that can clean and organize you house and cook you food and drive to the store and restock your frig. You wouldn’t have to pay the robot anything except electricity. In a situation like this a robot would have to be of the human form to allow it to use things that we use. This, however, is just a small niche in robots. Very few people make money trying to make this type of robot.
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