Could robots become our pets in the future?


Robots and animals are not alike, but this metaphor takes us away from the stereotypical view of robots as an enemy to be wary of.
Many people in various parts of the world believed that robots are the enemy of humanity, and that they will dominate life with their supernatural artificial intelligence that will surpass human intelligence in the near future, or at the very least they compete with us in work and jobs, and because of them many professions will disappear, and unemployment and poverty will increase And the unemployed queues.

International cinema in general, and American cinema in particular, contributed to drawing this terrifying scenario for the future, in light of the domination of robots.

Who among us does not remember the movie “I, Robot” by Will Smith and directed by Alex Bruas, where robots rebel against humans and work to eliminate them, or the most famous movie “The Matrix” starring actor Keanu Reeves and directed by the two sisters Lana Lily and Wachowski, where machines and artificial intelligence dominate humanity.

But is this really the truth? Will robots destroy the human future on this earth? Is it really our enemy?

And why is the truth not quite the opposite, why are robots not our partners, allies, or even friends, or – at the very least – why do we not treat them as we treat our pets in our homes and homes?

Favorite companion
In the 2012 movie Robot & Frank directed by Jake Shearer, the protagonist (Frank) suffers from early dementia, anxiety and guilt after spending his life in robbery, plunder, robbery and crime.

To conceal him, his son buys him a household robot that he can talk to and comfort him, and do household chores such as cooking and cleaning, and he also reminds Frank to take the medicine at the appointed time.

Frank received the gift at first with a lot of fear, caution and suspicion, as he did not imagine one day to live with a robot in one house, but as time passes, the relationship gradually becomes closer between Frank and his robot companion, and at the end of the film the robot becomes Frank’s best friend in years His old age, but becomes closer to him than his dog or even his son, and the film ends with a close relationship between Frank and his robot, so that Frank protects and defends the robot when they encounter problems in one of the scenes of the movie.

It is an imagined story, but it raises many questions about the future, and stimulates us to explore other horizons of the relationship between humans and robots that seem to be inevitable to come.

The new breed
Dr. Kate Darling, a professor specializing in the study of human-robot interaction and research in “robotics ethics” at the Massachusetts University of Technology (MIT) in the United States of America, researches her new book, “The New Breed”, published by Henry Holt. (Henry Holt and Co) to publish a few days ago, this possible relationship between humans and robots in the future, Darling says: We will be better prepared for the future if we deal with future robots as we deal now with our pets, confirming that robots are the future pets in The era of artificial intelligence.

In her book, she poses a very important question, which is: What does our history with animals reveal about our future with robots? Where he discusses in the book the history of man with animals and the methods he followed in dealing with him, leading to its domestication so that he becomes our best friend and companion in our fields, our homes and our homes.

In an interview with the British newspaper (The Guardian) recently, the author confirms that the problem is due to the wrong view that humans view robots, “We deal with them as our competition, and superior to us in IQ, and this is a view that limits our imagination to envision the future relationship between humans.” And the machine based on artificial intelligence, we as humans do not think creatively about using robots to help humanity thrive, just as animals helped us to develop, for example our domestication of animals and our use of them to cultivate the land has increased the product and increased income, which led to more prosperity For mankind. ”

The researcher points out that this is just an analogy, for robots and animals are not the same thing, but this analogy takes us away from the stereotypical view of depicting robots as an enemy that we should be wary of, and opens our minds to envision different horizons in which robots are our partners, and give us new possibilities in which artificial intelligence is an assistant to us. To achieve prosperity for people on this earth.

As for the threat that robots pose to the future of work and jobs in the world, as many companies are currently seeking to replace robots with humans to perform work, Dr. Darling affirms that this is not the fault of robots but rather the fault of humans, and the responsibility of companies led by greed and the current capitalist system to exploit robots from In order to achieve more profits, and it is here just a tool that has been employed in a wrong way, just as we may train a dog to fight and attack others, does the guilt fall on the dog here or on the person who trained it to fight and violence?

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