ROBOTS ROBOTS David Chung Mr. Vogt Writing Enrichment
What IS a Robot? • “A mechanical device that sometimes resembles a human and is capable of performing a variety of often complex human tasks on command or by being programmed in advance.” • Any artificial being that’s able to perform various activities
The Beginning • One of the first forms of robots were mentioned in Greek Mythology, where the Metal god Hephaestus created metal servants for himself.
Medieval Times • Al Jazari, an Arab Muslim inventor, made programmable robots powered by water that were able to play music and move around, in about 1206
Modern Times • Now we shall look at the positive sides and the negative sides of robots. VS
Positive 1) Robotic Pets • Research shows that people like these robotic dogs (right), named AIBO’s, just as much as they like real dogs. • These AIBO’s are being provided for the lonely elderly in nursery homes. • People with fur allergies that want pet could use these as a replacement.
Positive 2) Robotic Toys • Just like the robotic pets, robotic toys are highly popular among little kids all over the world.
Positive 3) In the Army • The armies around the globe will use robots in wars instead of humans, allowing for decreased casualties. • Robot soldiers are more affordable, durable, and accurate than the average soldiers.
Positive 4) Bionic Limbs • Bionic limbs made for people who have no arms or legs help them overcome those obstacles • These limbs, unlike prosthetic limbs, are able to receive brain signals and respond like your real body part
Positive 5) Wash n’ Clean • For those who HATE cleaning, or those who can’t clean, there are robots made specifically for household cleaning, dusting, and vacuum cleaning.
Positive 6) Precise Technology • Robots like The Da Vinci Surgical Robot (above) allows users to have precise measurements (in this case, surgeries).
Negative 1) Unemployment • Continued use of Robots which don’t require salaries of any kind will cause unemployment in factories, gas stations, hospitals, etc.
Negative 2) Misuse of Robots My robot mwahaha • The robots used in the military may be smuggled in by criminals or terrorists for bad purposes.
Negative 3) Robots Takin’ over • Robots might get so intelligent, and take over
Negative 4) Errors • Robots, like computers, are programmed to do their specific jobs. If they get viruses or they get programming errors they’ll break, perhaps causing harm to the users. • Ex) a coffee making robot may break and put dangerous fluid instead of water / milk.
In conclusion… • There are a lot of positive and negative sides to robots • The negative sides of robots can easily be fixed • Ex) Unemployment: people could get new jobs such as engineers that check and fix the robots, or jobs that try to further improve the quality of the robots • Misuse of Robots: People can just improve the security of their robots, and also put identifying tools to those specific robots (fingerprints, eyeball thingy, etc.) • Errors / Viruses in Robots: Just like computers or pets, you can get them checked for problems
Citing • Robot, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot • http://www.dictionary.com • Brown, David. For 1st Woman With Bionic Arm, a New Life Is Within Reach. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/13/AR2006091302271.html> • Robotic Surgeon <http://www.news.com/2300-11394_3-6230283-1.html?tag=ss> • Digger, Killer robots head to iraq <http://www.diggersrealm.com/mt/archives/000686.html>