In “Meet the New Robots: They are nimbler, lighter and work better with humans. And they might even help manufacturing back to the U.S.,” James R. Hagerty writes of the next generation robot changing the economic calculus for manufacturing as people “…spend less time chasing low-cost labor” (3 June 2015, Wall Street Journal). He goes on to explain two main trends in how robots are being made:
- that they are lighter and thus, more mobile, and
- that they are more collaboratively designed so as to work in proximity with people.
Collaboration is the key operating element in this.
Furthermore, in “Robots Have Emotions, Too: Just ask the people who work alongside them. And companies need to be prepared to deal with that.,” James E. Young discusses the interaction between humans and robots as robots become increasingly widespread in the workplace (3 June 2015, Wall Street Journal). He makes a point that “…new research shows that people…treat them as living things” and we have a tendency to “…use emotions and personalities to describe…how machines such as our car act.”
Here we have a trending case of man’s humanization of the machine.
Finally, in “At SoftBank and Alibaba, Robots ‘Are Family’,” Alexander Martin reports on SoftBank Corp and Alibaba’s plan to “…bring humanoid robots out of movies and comic books and into the real world” (19 June 2015, Wall Street Journal). Specifically, he covers the story of “Pepper”, a robot with “Ninnin Pepper” software that enables the robot to be a companion for “…the elderly, teachers of schoolchildren and retail or office assistants.” The software “…allows Pepper to urge patients to wake up and take their medicine at scheduled times, and report to a doctor, via the Internet, whether the pills were consumed.” Among other tasks, the robot will have conversations with it assigned companion.
Alas, the humanization is complete as the robot has become “humanoid”.
Man’s creative imagination is extraordinarily fecund. With it, he has mediated his own transcendence over classical limitations of time, space, and geography. Evidence of his effective creativity is unwaveringly omnipresent. At every turn, there is tangible and ocular proof of this.
And yet, the question beckons:
As man creates machines with a collaborative and humanistic mindset, why is he acting in non-collaborative ways away from his fellow man and towards an increasingly isolated mindset?
In other words, why is man acting more inhumanely as he creates automatons with increasingly “humanoid” features and functions?
Not convinced that this is happening?
Look around you. Listen to your surroundings. Observe the actions, behaviors, and mannerisms of others.
If man can create mediations of collaboration through automatons – with a humanistic mindset – then he can also transcend the creation itself. By empowering his fellow man towards a meaningfully collaborative initiative of a new paradigm in other over self, he can and will transcend. As soon as he realizes the new paradigm already exists, he can and will transcend. By adopting the other through an ultimate freedom of and from the self, he can and will transcend. IPT encourages the way of creative realization as the most direct and effective path towards this end.