In addition to answering, monitoring and directing our phone calls, real world robots are taking over our factories and manufacturing facilities. Able to work more economically, under more extreme conditions, work almost unlimited hours and with greater precision and quality, robots are dominating a large sector of the job market.
Despite all the great advances in electronic and computer technology, these magical and seemingly unlimited “automatons” still lack significant human traits – emotion and creativity. Everything our computers and robots do is based on programs, or operating instructions, given to them by humans. Amazing decisions and calculations can be made based on seemingly unlimited parameters, yet they still can’t think, although artificial intelligence is becoming a bit unsettling.
I noted earlier that I’d never been verbally chastised by a robot, yet I have been taunted by such. The P-3C aircraft I operated in the Navy had a tactical and navigational display that was computer controlled. I have seen some quite colorful rebukes in response to hitting an incorrect switch. You don’t want to mess with bored Navy computer technicians with vocabularies largely consisting of four-letter words.
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.