posted on Apr, 30 2011 @ 09:16 PM
According to ScienceDaily, NASA and General Motors are working together to accelerate development of the next generation of robots and related
technologies for use in the automotive, aerospace and manufacturing industries.
That's right -- robots!
We're not talking about mechanical arms that spotweld frames either. These new robots resemble humans and have human-like arms and hands that can be
programmed to function just like -- or even better than -- "real" workers. With today's computers and fast processors, these robots can be
programmed to make decisions, change tools and assemble intricate parts at a higher speed and with less errors than a human being.
Engineers and scientists from NASA and GM worked together through a Space Act Agreement at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston to build this
first humanoid robot capable of working in the automotive and aerospace factories of the very near future, but minor adaptations could utiliza these
robots in virtually any manufacturing environment.
This cutting-edge robotics technology holds great promise, not only for NASA, but also for the nation. I'm very excited about the new opportunities
for human and robotic exploration these versatile robots provide across a wide range of applications." -- Doug Cooke, associate administrator for the
Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington
NASA and General Motors have come together to develop the next generation dexterous humanoid robot workers. The robots -- called Robonaut2 -- were
designed to use the same tools as humans.
This effort will allow GM and other industries to replace hundreds or thousands of skilled assembly and manufacturing workers with robots that have
the same manual dexterity as humans. The advantages to the corporate world and their profits is enormous. The downside is obvious. Unemployment will
not recover for hese jobs and the leverage that unions once had in securing benefits such as health care and retirement will be lost. It will be more
efficient and less expensive to use a robot than to employ a real human.
This is just fantasy?
The recent Supreme Court ruling that gives corporations the green light to spend ANY amount of funds to influence laws and political elections almost
guarantees that this type of automation will be implemented. The shift towards "profit rights" and away from "human rights" has already been
started, and cannot legally be reversed. One can only imagine what type of future our children, and their children, will inherit.
What's your opinion on this?