Role Playing Robots

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Role Playing Robots

Abby Gallo, Journalist

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Robots, like technology, are slowly taking over our lives. In a couple years, robots could be driving our cars, cooking our meals, or even become your coworker! As technology and robotics are advancing, our life seems to be getting easier. But is an easier life better? 

One example of a role that these robots could potentially take over is your home life. Today people are already using Roombas, (an electronically controlled cleaning robot) to vacuum and clean their floors. Engineers are working on robots that will be able to cook, bake, fry, and boil our own food, and there may already be a prototype of a robotic cooking assistant. Also, while you may already have an Alexa that you can ask to play music, tell a joke, or read you a story, imagine having an actual moving robot to talk to! Those robots are called social robots. Social robots are robots that interact and communicate with humans like an Alexa does, only it usually can move. Social robots are only one kind of robot that is slowly over-taking our lives. 

Another kind of robot that is also making an impact, are security robots. For example, Knightscope is a security company that has made and is still making security robots. Knightscope has made a security robot called K5. The K5 weighs 300 to 400 pounds and is 5 to 6 feet tall. K5’s are being placed where human security guards don’t want to be. In public parking lots where lots of crimes occur, under dangerous bridges, and in homeless campsites. These robots are equipped with many sensors and cameras that are able to take clear pictures of license plates as well as identify smartphones. These robots are also making a huge difference in our lives, just like social and cooking robots. 

While robots are on the rise there are some downfalls for humans. One con of robots is that they are taking our jobs! Yes, security robots are new and improved, but what about human security guards! Same with cooking robots, What about chefs! Also, robotic technology is not cheap. The process of making a robot is very expensive. Another con is that while humans get sick so can robots. Not literally obviously, but they could break down or crash and they take a really long time to fix. 

As you can see, robots are slowly becoming a huge part of our lives, and yes, they are making life easier, but at what cost? 

https://blog.robotiq.com/10-ways-robotics-could-transform-our-future 

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/knightscope-robots-interview/ 

https:adviserplus.com/insights/pros-and-cons-of-robots-in-the-workplace/