The Australian SBS Insight program recently considered the question “Would you let robots look after or educate your kids?”
Many comments left on their Facebook page were of disbelief, even anger at the very thought of a robot or anyone but a human being given the rite to educate and care for our children. It was undisputed that robots offered many advantages in education and elsewhere. Today’s robots are very easily programmed and it seems almost intuitive. Tasks from picking fruit to delicate and critical surgery are being accomplished now.
One robotics expert even stated that every job, including teaching jobs could soon be replaced by a robot, and in fact would be replaced in the very near future. This consideration is frightening to many people because of the “unknowns”, and it will happen in our lifetime. The essential aspects then are the protection of children’s and adult’s rites, their health and safety and their enjoyment of life.
Today, children born after 2000 AD evidently spend 35 hours a week in front of another form of robot, the television screen and an additional 5 to 10 hours a week on a mobile device. see more
Your children are already being educated by “robots”, by media outlets whom many people do not either understand nor trust. We know television and other media is driven by advertising dollars and often they are not in your best interests, nor your children’s.
A purpose designed and built educational robot or other artefact that has your children’s future as a design priority would certainly be a better alternative to commercial television.
Imagine that the robot is so intriguing and enrolling to your child that it is also able to incorporate an appropriate range and level of exercise, health education as well as knowledge into its sophisticated ‘armoury’. The possibilities are seemingly endless, would you agree?
Some who commented on the Insight program could not imagine or even consider life without a job, without ‘work’, yet the late futurist, author, engineer and philosopher R Buckminster Fuller was clear that we were put here on Earth to collect data and solve problems; not to work and generate “profits” for others.
Philosopher and contributor on the Insight program on robots Tim Dean from UNSW came very close to touching on the FACT that “Utopia” or abundance is now possible for human beings, and is possible by raising everyone up above the level of “the elite”, above the Bill Gates and Oprah Windfreys of the world.
Engineers and scientists have an insight or distinctions that the vast majority of humans simply do not have. They can see an amazingly abundant future very clearly, not as a ‘fantasy’ but as a real possibility while the majority, including politicians and most business people do not.
Fortunately for humanity it is much easier to change our environment or to build a new environment than it is to change people’s behaviour in an attempt to protect our environment.
We can build healthy, sustainable, prosperous and abundant new environments all around the world because we now have the knowledge (gained through our combined global ‘networked’ experience) and the technology or know-how to do so much more with so very little.
It is CRITICAL for us to understand that we now live at a time in human evolution where it is no longer necessary for everyone to “earn a living”.
Buckminster Fuller believed technology had reached a point by the 1970’s where 1 in 10,000 people could provide for everyone on Earth, a population at the time of some 3.7billion, or half of today’s population.
Technology has exploded since the 1970’s and we are now capable of producing anything we want or dream of. We have been used to dreaming and wanting for ourselves and our family, and today we must all begin to dream and want for all humanity, which includes you and me … it is no longer you or me!