a reply to: makemap
: Depends on what kind of self defense weaponry is available. If they're anything like humans, wouldn't it be safe to assume
they may commit human crimes too?
: Sure. Screw the warlike & criminal uses, though. They could serve as avatars for people in specific fields and
personal tasks like "babysitting" or teaching, going shopping, etc. The first thing that came to mind was remote controlled cars, caretakers, or
shoppers for severely handicapped people. The person who's unable to be in a specific place could be controlling the robot and send it out to do their
needed tasks. (It could also have entertainment uses and many other uses where a person can't physically be in a specific location).
: We already have lesser versions of this, with ATMs, automatic checkouts, automated traffic systems, etc. I can definitely agree
with their presence, depending on the role.
: O.O No way! It's basically trusting civilians with humanoid tanks. I can accept them being in specific fields like you mentioned.
But there's no way I think random people should be able to have them. Then again, a lot of industrial farming equipment and construction equipment can
fit this description right now. So fine, but only with special licenses and training.
Individual programmable robots
: I don't have a problem with this, mainly because you're just talking about hybrids between computers & remote
controlled vehicle machines. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw an iPhone in the next 15 years that was a robot dog, and you could use voice commands
to make calls, control it, and use its apps. Its eyes could be projectors for your apps & media, and you use some kind of hand gestures to navigate
the app. Maybe it would be the iCompanion?
: I'm against attempting to raise the dead. But I wouldn't have a problem with augmenting our bodies. I probably wouldn't volunteer for
it, but I see it mostly as enhanced prosthetic limbs, enhanced permanent contact lenses, etc. I actually think it would be cool... as long as all
citizens have access to the technology. Just imagine the corruption if only the rich could afford to give themselves superhuman bodies. It would be an
absolute nightmare scenario.
: Without more info, I'm saying a definite NO. Mostly metal creatures with some human parts? Where would the human parts come
from? I could see human trafficking rings, organ trafficking rings, prostitution rings, paramilitary groups, grace robbers, and virtually every other
nefarious type of group benefiting from this.
What happens if the parts of one of your loved ones is used without your consent? Or would they be using aborted fetuses for this purpose? Or even
worse, what happens if corrupt doctors "abort" a pregnancy, then sell the child's body for one of these robots?
It may sound far fetched, but there was a good documentary about the Catholic Church in Spain doing something similar with "unfit" mothers. They'd
claim the child's birth was a miscarriage or died right after birth and then show the mother a dead body. But the bodies were bodies they had on file
and they'd sell the actual child through adoption. (google "Spain's Stolen Babies" to see a lot more on the subject.)
edit on 18-8-2016 by
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