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What does our history with animals reveal about our future with robots?



Many people around the world believe that robots are the enemy of mankind, that they will dominate life with their super-artificial intelligence that will surpass human intelligence in the near future, or at the very least compete with us in work and jobs, because of which many professions will be lost, unemployment, poverty and queues of the unemployed will increase.


World cinema in general, and American in particular, has contributed to drawing this terrifying scenario of the future, under the dominance of robots.

Who doesn’t remember Will Smith’s “I, Robot” directed by Alex Proyas, where robots rebel against humans and work to eliminate them, or the most famous film “The Matrix” starring Keanu Reeves and directed by sisters Lana and Lily Wachowski, where machines and artificial intelligence dominate humanity.


But is that really the truth? Will robots destroy the future of man on this earth? Is she really our enemy?


Why isn’t the truth quite the opposite, Why aren’t robots our partner, ally or even friend, or-at the very least – why don’t we treat them the way we treat our pets in our homes and homes?


Favorite companion

In the 2012 film Robot & Frank directed by Jake Shearer, the protagonist (Frank) suffers from early dementia, anxiety and guilt, having spent his life in robbery, looting, robbery and criminality.


To keep his secret, his son buys him a home robot that he can talk to and support, do household chores such as cooking and cleaning, and also reminds Frank to take medicine on time.

Rank initially received the gift with a lot of fear, caution and suspicion, as he never imagined that one day he would live with a robot in one house, but over time the relationship is gradually closer between Frank and his robot companion.at the end of the film, the robot becomes Frank’s best friend in his old years, but becomes closer to him than his dog or even his son. the film ends with a close relationship between Frank and his robot, so that Frank protects and defends the robot when they get into trouble in one of the scenes of the film.

It is an imagined story, but it raises a lot of questions about the future, motivating us to explore other horizons of the human-robot relationship that seem inevitable to come unquestionably.


The new breed

Dr. Kate Darling, a professor specializing in human-robot interaction and research on ” robotics ethics “at the Massachusetts University of Technology (MIT) in the United States, examines in her new book” The New Breed”, published by Henry Holt and Co.a few days ago, this possible human-robot relationship in the future, Darling says: we will be better prepared for the future if we deal with the next robots as we do with our pets, asserting that robots are the pets of the future in the age of artificial intelligence.


In her book, she asks a very important question: What does our history with animals reveal about our future with robots? The book discusses the history of man with the animal and the ways in which he dealt with it, up to domestication to become our companion and best friend in our fields, homes and homes.


In a recent interview with the Guardian, the author asserts that the problem is due to the erroneous view that humans view robots, “we treat them as our competition, and superior to us in IQ, and this is a view that limits our imagination to imagine the future of the relationship between humans and the machine based on artificial intelligence..

The researcher points out that this is just an analogy, robots and animals are not the same thing, but this analogy takes us away from the stereotype of the perception of robots as an enemy that should be wary of, opens our mind to the perception of different horizons in which robots are our partners, and gives us new possibilities in which artificial intelligence


As for the threat that robots pose to the future of work and jobs in the world, where many companies are currently seeking to replace robots with humans to do the work, Dr. darling stresses that this is not the fault of robots but of humans,and the responsibility of companies led by greed and the current capitalist system to exploit robots for more profit, and here it is just a tool


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