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Is R.U.R in our Future?

Filed under: — Posted by the Fantasist during the Hour of the Hare which is terribly early in the morning.
The moon is Waxing Gibbous

I don’t really think so…

R.U.R. was the play written by Karel Cāpec that first mentioned “robots” and, ironically, it was in an industrial context. That’s where most robots are today, of course, but, in this article on his website, Marshall Brain speculates that we’ll see them in a lot more areas. The article says that he expects humanoid robots to take at least half of all jobs by the year 2050. Of course, people have been saying this for quite some time and it has yet to actually happen.
Personally, I don’t think we’ll ever get the necessary artificial intelligence stuff worked out so that such a scenario is possible. Though, I have to admit, computer technology advances at a ferocious rate. Still, the dream of a “robo-servant” has been around for literally decades and we’re only now getting remote-controlled robots that look vaguely like a human.

Of course, science-fiction is a lot more interesting if Mr. Brain is right and I’m wrong!

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