So what is the definition of robot? The way I see it, a robot is something built by man to obey our commands. That’s a pretty broad definition and it would have to include all our labour-saving devices like automatic washing machines and Roombas. I think the future is going to creep up on us without much fanfare. Those robot dogs are being designed to help soldiers in the field.
I like real dogs but I won’t have one because I pity those who do and have to take them out in 10 F weather for a walk twice a day. Not for me! A robotic puppy would be nice, one that had soft plush fur for petting and could wiggle and wag their tail when petted.
If robots are kept within bounds, great I say. However, I do have concerns with the rapid development of AI, particularly the self-developing pathways of AI as applied to robots. Who knows what road their decision-making may take. Revolt of the robots?
Probably no worse than humans though, SIGH. Hopefully they won’t let the ‘emotional modifier’ functions of anger, power, greed and religion influence their actions … but who knows.
Be nice if they followed SF writer Isaac Asimov’s 1942 “Three Laws of Robotics”:
A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.