Robots taking over the planet?

@TessWhite (3147)
United States
July 7, 2008 12:12am CST
Tonight I watched (again) a movie called I Robot. Its an interesting movie about robots built to assist man and protect us. However the main computer takes it too far and trys to take over everything. These days many plants used automated machines. Everyone has computers, faxes, etc. Even medical equipment is now automated or computer run. Just like the old Terminator movies where they took over. Do you think all of these automated machines or robots are a good idea? Are we really helping ourselves by creating them? Or are we putting our future at risk?
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@YangJoey (37)
• China
7 Jul 08
Of course we are putting our future at risk by creating more and more automated machines and robots.Even if robots do not do harm to us,we,human will destory ourselves one day.
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@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
7 Jul 08
Sometimes it seems that automation does make us lazy too. Thanks for the reply.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
7 Jul 08
Yes, I saw this movie for the first time Sunday!! It was a great movie.. Will Smith knows just how to make a great movie! Looking at this movie makes me wonder how life will be years from now, I know that it would be very scary, seeing machines moving around.. They are also useful too.
@realgem1 (260)
• India
7 Jul 08
forget robots, i have heard aliens will take over and a new world order will be created and the dooms day would be 2012. I am not really sure of this, but i have seen few videos on this on you tube.
• Indonesia
7 Jul 08
i think machines as tool are good to helping us for difficult and dangerous job..
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
7 Jul 08
Thanks for the responses. :)
@SHAMRACK (8532)
• India
7 Jul 08
Dear friend, I hope that technology has both sides the good and bad sides. It depends how the person uses this technology and if that is reached in good people I hope more better things could be given. More over the scrutinizing agencies or the law protecting agencies too find the technology to catch these culprits or criminals by more advanced technology. Hence I feel that technology should be used more by good intentions which may create more problems and disaster to coming generations.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
7 Jul 08
True. The ones that worry me are when they start talking about artificial intelligence. Don't want them to take over some day. LOL Thanks for responding.
• United States
7 Jul 08
aliens!!!!!!
@JTerrasi (199)
• United States
7 Jul 08
I think we already have been taking risk by just being on computers. Look at some of the information we put out there. Paying bills on line, IRS, etc. And how scary it would be to go into surgery knowing a computerized machine will be doing the surgery. My daughter just had eye surgery and it was computer done. No thanks. I don't think I will still be on this earth when everything will be done by machinery or total computer. Where will the people be? (My Opinion)
@JTerrasi (199)
• United States
7 Jul 08
Oh forgot, great flick I saw it too!
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
7 Jul 08
I know years ago I did bookeeping. Then it went computerized. Truthfully it seemed like it was much more work to import it all into the various programs than just to do it by hand. LOL Thanks for the reply.
@magojordan (3254)
• Philippines
8 Jul 08
I think that it is possible that robots might try to take over us humans because a lot of scientist are actually trying to create a robot that would really act and think like a human. Since it was made to act as a human and us humans really have that tendency to turn away from our creator then it wouldn't be surprising if a robot does the same after all it was made to act like us.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
8 Jul 08
What a scary thought! Thanks for responding. :)
@rsa101 (16743)
• Quezon City, Philippines
8 Jul 08
Well I guess I would outlived that date before I could see a real robot capable of overtaking us humans. although I do not dismiss the possibility of that coming but right now the technology is just not enough for me to compare their abilities to that of us humans yet. Except of course in the movies where everything looks realistic but exaggerated. I do not think that it is not their time yet although they are slowly improving with our help, I really do not see them yet as overtaking us.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
8 Jul 08
I don't imagine it will happen in my lifetime. But who knows. At age 48 I've seen an awful lot happen already. LOL
8 Jul 08
whatever is going to happen with the robots in the nearest future is inevitable because man's quest for knowledge and a better technology is insatiable just consider how far he has come off from the stone age...
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
8 Jul 08
Thanks for the response. :)
@piecesB (46)
• China
8 Jul 08
I belive that, it will come true in future! May be 1000years later or more! people from 1000years ago never know what is happening now
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
8 Jul 08
Thanks for the reply. :)
• United States
7 Jul 08
I saw that movie too and had pretty much the same thoughts. I guess modern progress does have it's own price. We can't really live in the past and expect to enjoy the advantages of modern day life. Years ago, we had a car that suddenly broke down for no reason. This was back during the 1990's. And it was going to cost over $1000 to repair. Turned out that the "computer" in the car that kept it running had broken. Honestly, I had no idea that cars even had on board computers. But apparently they do. They rarely break, but when they do, the car won't run. Of course, this was a Ford, so maybe other cars don't have the computer or computer chip. Can't remember what the guy called it. I'm kind of scared over the possibility of turning too much power over to the machines and becoming dependent. Where can we go from here though? Not safe to live in the past. Not safe to live in the future. So we dwell in the here and now and try to cope.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
7 Jul 08
Yup, we see alike on this I can tell. :) Thanks for your reply.
@bellaofchaos (11549)
• United States
7 Jul 08
They are good and bad they help speed up the product so we can get it out there to the consumer but on the other hand that is lost jobs and if they break or go wonky it sets everything back Instead of making everything all technical there should be more of a balance other wise we are setting ourselves up to fall when everything goes down and we have to do it ourselves again and noone remembers.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
7 Jul 08
Thank you for your response. :)
@cbreeze (1207)
• United States
7 Jul 08
I saw that movie and loved it. I can see some aspects of that movie happening sooner than others. For example, the automated cars. I don't think that is too far off. Probably the biggest danger is our dependency on automation. We will lose survival instincts because of our dependency. We will forget how to grow food, hunt, build, measure, etc. When these things break down, we will sit and wait for them to be fixed instead of doing things manually. I read somewhere that humans used to have greater vision prior to modern civilization and they were just talking about reading. They say that with computers it has gotten much worse. That is a sense or skill that has dulled due to modernization.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
7 Jul 08
Yes I think we need to remember the basics. There could come a time in the future where we don't have machines to work for us. Thanks for your response. :)
• United States
7 Jul 08
Sure, robotics is a great invention. A robot can only do what you program it to, they won't take over the world.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
7 Jul 08
Hmmmm one can never tell. They already have some machines programmed with artificial intelligence. What happens when they start thinking for themselves? Thanks for replying.
@munhozmib (3853)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
7 Jul 08
Hello, TessWhite. I don't think we are putting anything at risk by creating computers and technology! The main reason for us to create machines is because we want faster ways to do the things that we usually would do manually. If we didn't use computers, we wouldn't be half of where we are today. Would you like to walk on your own foot for every trip you go? For example, you'd like to go to Canada. But then you find out that men thought that creating machines were too risky... Therefore, there are no airplanes. They can crash. They can kill you. So, go walking. Perhaps you'll get there! Of course, it is risky, but not that much. And you should enjoy the machinery. Computers are not going to turn against us. Respectfully, Munhozmib.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
7 Jul 08
Thanks for your input. :)
@academic2 (7009)
• Uganda
7 Jul 08
I think this orld would b better off with robots-humn beings are lazy and they are never committed to their work-I like the the robotification of our planet!
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
7 Jul 08
I know I'd be better off if they hadn't created TV. LOL Maybe I'd get more done! Thanks for replying.
@brimia (6584)
• United States
7 Jul 08
I thought I Robot was a great movie with terrific effects and a good mix of action, drama, and humor. I really don't see anything like the movie happening anytime soon. Of course there are some scary aspects of having everything computerized and automatized but most of those aspects are still because of human misuse etc...humans still do much more harm to each other than machines and computers will ever do to us.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
7 Jul 08
True, humans are a scary thing these days. Thanks for replying. :)
• China
7 Jul 08
It's far far far away from us. now we still should creat more and more automachines or artifical intelligences for our better lives. Risk is just a side, i think something will be occured to suspend the world civilization, but as a whole, robot will approach and help human.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
7 Jul 08
Thanks for your response. :)
@prasanta (1949)
• India
12 Jul 08
Very difficult question to answer! However, I feel once a time will come when computers will outcast human beings. Because every nation will use them to derive new ways of fighting against their enemy nations, That way, there will be a race of developing ways to destroy intelligence webs of opponent nations, and machine-dependent human beings will not be able to think further to stop this practice. A chaotic sitution will arise, when all computer systems will be taught to take their own decisions (as pre-programmed), there will not be enough time to rectify the wrongly fed instructions based on wrong data. That way computers will take actions to blow off nations and countries in micro seconds. Once fed to computers, human beings won't get time to divert or stop it, in lightning speed countries after countries will be destryed. Those coputer will be managed by robots, and those computers will also control some robots. Very dreadful days are coming...
@bieke81 (1069)
• Belgium
9 Jul 08
I don't have a set thought about this. Sometimes I think: if we keep doing what we are doing, we'll built a computer that will harm us. On other days, I think, hey, we're not that stupid. But maybe we are, I mean, isn't mankind a race that thinks nothing can harm them? Have a nice day
@littleowl (7157)
8 Jul 08
Hi TessWhite-I know that by the end of 2009 robots will be in use in hospitals after receiving an email from Marleysa-you should read her discussion-personally I feel that in the future when they are in use there is a verey very big possibility that robots could create a mind of their own and perhaps 'take over' to an extent-whatever I do beleive that the use of robots wether it is for the good they could still be dangerous-blessings littleowl
@suruchi86 (1873)
• India
8 Jul 08
I think, future would be somewhat similar to the present only things that today's heroes and villains shall be replaced by robots. Today,we are having good humans, which are the police, the army etc. and bad humans like criminals, terrorists etc. Tomorrow, we would be having robotic armies and robotic terrorists. But yes, this could be worse for us humans as these robots may destroy us or our planet during their wars.