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I like robots. There seems to be nothing in my profile that suggests this, and so I thought I would write about it.

I used to spend a lot of time dreaming about how robots would save humanity from hardship. In my dream they would do all of the farming and building for us, and so people would be free to live painless lives, and there would be plenty of resources for everyone. So fast forward to now... and that kinda came true, except it is not the same as I imagined it. Today's robot is more like "a machine", and not at all like the sci-fi fantasies we used to have. But still, good enough in purposes of saving people from a ton of daily burden!

Now I think this dream is still in process, and maybe just a bit further into the future we will see the types of robots I used to dream of, which obviously stem from the sci-fi universe. But what about the part of the dream that states "all people will be relieved from hardship and there will be resources for everyone." This is the tricky part. The older and wiser a person gets, the more they might come to find that this is a bit idealistic. So, although I will still keep this dream in my heart as a beautiful dream, I have to concede that it might not be very realistic. But... I am still optimistic and excited to see what comes next. So far we have been on an amazing upward trend, and so I don't see any reason for things to suddenly go bad.

But more on robots. That was only the beginning. I also loved the Transformers when I was a kid. I had the old, original, heavy, metallic Transformers toys and they were awesome. I loved the cartoons too. I loved the whole idea that there could be a world full of living machines. And how interesting is it that even machines could develop personalities, politics, war and peace, and even some very deep and meaningful, almost religious, ways about them. That really brings a new perspective on life!

Then there was a game I played. I can't remember the name of it, and it was a horrible game that constantly crashed, but I would play the first 10 minutes of it over and over just because I loved it. The game was basically a strategy game, like Starcraft, but it was based on robot factories which made robots instead of soldiers, and they were on a planet far away from Earth. The planet was dessert-life and I thought it was interesting how robots could continue to work on this planet without needing oxygen. It is like adding life to a lifeless planet, and it shows that the boundaries of life go beyond what we expect in nature. If I recall correctly, there was something of a story line to this game which suggested that the robots were made by humans, but it was so many years into the future, and deep into outer space, and the humans has died off but the robots kept living. This concept also fascinates me. If such machine could be designed, and if they could be given AI to "self improve"... how far would they go and what would they do?

I also read "I, Robot" by Asimov many years back and that has a great story about the "ethics and morals" which a robot should have to live among humans in society. There is a movie for this now, so I won't spoil it for you.

Then there was the Matrix. The same philosophies as above, but building upon it even more now with many different angles. Is it technology helping humanity? Or technology waging war against humanity?

In the end of all this type of thought it gets a bit deep and philosophical, and that's really interesting too. But I don't want to forget that "Robots are just cool". Like the Jetson's maid robot. Star Wars' 3CPO and R2D2. The Transformers. Etc. Etc. It just seems like fun to have such technology available.

But we still need nature too. So maybe it's time to draw some illustrations of robots in nature. The juxtaposition of life and artificial-life.

SwiftLightening75 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 7, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a judgemental view on robots but when they are viewed as sentimental or try to do something that is humane.
Then that catches my attention a lot.
I used to play a game called Tokyo Jungle it was interesting at first because I could play different animals but the main story really hit me deep.
The game teaches you the controls quickly and you can unlock new animals by either defeating them or finding them and tagging them to unlock them.

Now the main story doesn't kick in till you go through each animals story, this makes things more interesting as the game challenges you to unlock new chapters for each animal you play. 
I personally loved the dog species chapter along with the lions, but the one that got me the most was ERC-003s their story and journey is just brief but it caught me so off guard for the actual ending of their story. 

When robots are giving humane abilities and traits then that interests me, but if they act to robotic the and it looks human then I'm not remotely interested. 
The only robots I can stand are the small ones that do cute little beeps and signals like the portal games or Deliver us to the Moon.

bschu Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2019   General Artist
Thanks for the thoughtful comment! I had a look at Tokyo Jungle, haha :) That is a really unique game, very interesting, and I would never have thought of that.

Artificial Intelligence is all the rage these days. I think we are getting very close to making real thinking machines and a lot of people are worried about it. If a machine can outsmart people, then what do we do when it decides we are an obstacle to its own goals?

I'm a bit more optimistic. I think we are already living in harmony with machines, and it has been a major benefit to our lives. Hopefully thinking machines will only enhance things even more. Of course there are always side effects to good things too!
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