By Lance Eliot, the AI Trends Insider
Advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) will continue to spur widespread adoption of robots into our everyday lives. Robots that once seemed so expensive that they could only be afforded for heavy-duty manufacturing purposes have gradually come down in cost and equally been reduced in size. You can consider that Roomba vacuum cleaner in your home to be a type of robot, though we still do not have the ever-promised home butler robot that was supposed to take care of our daily routine chores.
Perhaps one of the most well-known facets about robots is the legendary set of three rules proffered by writer Isaac Asimov. His science fiction tale entitled The Three Laws was published in 1942 and has seemingly been unstoppable in terms of ongoing interest and embrace.
Here are the three rules that he cleverly devised:
1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm,
2) A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law,
3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
When you read Asimov’s remarks about robots, you might want to substitute the word “robot” for simply the overarching moniker of AI. I say this because you are likely to otherwise narrowly interpret his three rules as though they apply only to a robot that happens to look like us, conventionally having legs, arms, a head, a body, and so on.
Not all robots are necessarily so arranged.
Some of the latest robots look like animals. Perhaps you’ve seen the popular online videos of robots that are four-legged and appear to be a dog or a similar kind of creature. There are even robots that resemble insects. They look kind of creepy but nonetheless are important as a means to figure out how we might utilize robotics in all manner of possibilities.
A robot doesn’t have to be biologically inspired. A robotic vacuum cleaner does not particularly look like any animal or insect. You can expect that we will have all sorts of robots that look quite unusual and do not appear to be based solely on any living organism.
Some robots are right in front of our eyes, and yet we do not think of them as robots. One such example is the advent of AI-based true self-driving cars.
A car that is being driven by an AI system can be said to be a type of robot. The reason you might not think of a self-driving car as a robot is that it does not have that walking-talking robot sitting in the driver’s seat. Instead, the computer system hidden in the underbody or trunk of the car is doing the driving. This seems to escape our attention and thus the vehicle doesn’t readily appear
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