Human Robots

by Wassim on May 5, 2013 - 11:40pm

According to an article titled “Researches Put Sense of Touch in Reach for Robots” written by John Markoff and published by the New York Times on April 28, 2013, scientist have created a robot that has one of the six senses.

Markoff writes that the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta have created a robot that has the sense of touch. This robot is supposed to be able to find its way around clutter regions to obtain a certain item. The robot is able to tell how much force should be applied to each object so that it will not break the object. It can tell what an object is by touch rather than sight. These are human abilities that scientists believed robots could never obtain.

According to Markoff, the Georgia Institute of Technology would like to have these robots in hospitals across the nation. Since these robots are said to have the “human touch” they are able to help patients with whatever needs arise. For example, they have tested how the robot acts when placing a blanket on top of a patient and the results were promising. The patients said that it was if the robot was a human.

As a science student, I find this article very interesting. I am constantly learning about technology and its multiple uses in society. It’s great to learn that people are creating robots to help others however; won’t these robots take the jobs of nurses? I am always for the creation of technology, but if robots continue to be made, they will eventually take over the job market and leave no jobs for humans. We may be well underway a second period of industrialization where humans will be taken out of the picture completely. Hopefully, we will still be able to control these robots.