We hear things retrospectively when we have understood them - Marcel Proust
To make robots perform functions that we tend not to want to do, or do better than we can, smacks of an ideal to make life easier and less submissive to faults like false 'sick notes' and commuting. Imagine a work force always at work with no homes or family to support. No animosity in the workplace, no fag breaks.But lets get down to the realities. It may serve tea and toast, or clean the drains (can they wash their hands please?), but ultimately such a force would be capable of herding and even exterminating. Weaponisation is the bottom line. They currently look humourous, they dance in formation, they can carry heavy loads. What we are really looking at is the eradication of a species that is no longer wanted, no longer of any use, without bombs, without gas, leaving a relatively clean world in which the elite are in total control of a mere 500,000,000 homosapiens, and thrice as many robots in many guises to serve their bidding. Why else are we so fascinated by making something that is designed to do us out of a life?
Seems to me the piccy expresses the central problem with android robots - too small to accommodate a decent power supply. Unless of course that is a very long tail....
But could it pick the right numbers for my lottery tickets?
The drunken English robot and the rolling English road.
Derek - yes, some people assume there will always be work to be done, work which hasn't yet been invented. I'm not so sure.Roger - I agree, power seems to be a big issue. Unless the androids have access to recharging stations and are able to use them autonomously it isn't easy to see how they can be viable. Demetrius - I'm sure it could pick the wrong numbers very quickly.James - a kind of electro-tramp.
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