The word “robot” was first used in a 1920 play, “R.U.R” and after that it became one the main focuses of Science Fiction, with people thinking what life with actual robots will be like in the “future”. But let us stop here and think, “What exactly is a “robot”?”.
A robot is an electromechanical setup made to perform complicated tasks. Now, if we look around the world, we’ll see such setups, or “robots”, all around us. Whether it’s the interior of Tesla factory or the Mars rover, Opportunity (Don’t cry), robots are still here today. (The future is now, huh?) The creation of the world’s first digital robot can be traced to 1959 (Yes, DIGITAL) when Computer-aided manufacturing system was demonstrated in MIT.
These robots are getting more and more advanced every single day. One can only imagine what robots of the future may look like. Humanoid robots are a real thing today. Consider “Sophia” as an example. That robot looks human, talks human (almost) and has been given a nationality by Saudi Arabia. In the future, robots shall be made to be almost exactly like humans. This would create moral and philosophical dilemmas as to whether we should treat them as citizens or even if we should stop making them work like machines. Moving further, it might even be impossible to even distinguish between a robot and a human from just looking at them and interacting with them. They might, thus, evolve from mere tools to citizens.
Today, we see robots entering places, where no robot has ever set his foot (or whatever you would call robot “feet”) on. The scope of robots is growing in militaries around the world. We hear news about robots working in restaurants and are amazed by such news. But one day, these “news” won’t be “news” anymore. Robots will literally be everywhere, occupying jobs. How many jobs will they take over? What consequences will they have on the human race? Such things remain yet to be seen.