Human Robot Synergy

Humans and robots will be increasingly working together. There are many tasks more suited to robots and they will be taken over so that humans are no longer required to do them. Dangerous tasks, monotonous tasks, tasks requiring strength or speed or precision that exceeds human capacity; all of these will become robotic tasks.

There are also tasks that will require some level of human participation or oversight. Critical thinking and decision making are key human qualities. The ability to relate to another human or feel empathy or probe the cultural minefields between two individuals to enhance communication and rapport; all of these will remain human tasks. (at least in the near future)

And then there are tasks that will be best performed by a combination of human and robotic workers. Imagine a car mechanic doing a diagnosis of a complex problem or tuning issue on a car, while a robotic helper selects and supplies needed tools, uses strength to move heavy parts, gives precise application of force to other parts and in general becomes the working hands for the mind of the mechanic. It would be easy to adapt this arrangement to a remote environment where a human mechanic oversees repairs and adjustments to many cars in many different locations.

The same concept can easily be applied to medicine and even surgery. Construction and manufacturing workers will no longer be exposed to dangerous situations and can supervise working crews of robots that are stronger, specially designed for specific tasks and never tire. Autopilots, autocooks, fire and rescue workers, police, military, and many other work sectors will benefit from removing humans from harms way, amplifying the work effort, making it more precise and being able to get more done. In some cases, one human with a crew of ten robots will accomplish the same work formerly done by a hundred humans and at a higher level of quality.

It is also inevitable that robotic devices will become more and more capable of making good decisions and eventually replacing humans in some of those areas also. Precision and speed will be the driving factors in this at first. Eventually, ethical analysis by artificial intelligence will become accurate, practical and reliable.

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