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Inspector Gadget?

Hey! So Nasa and General Motors have collaborated to create a “robot glove”. It was reportedly inspired by the humanoid robot in space. The glove, known as the Human Grasp Assist, is expect to give astronauts a “stronger grip while reducing the risk of receptive stress injuries”. So astronauts will be stronger, more effective, more time efficient, and suffer less injuries. This sounds great! The glove currently weighs around two pounds, but new, lighter models are currently being worked on right now.

Now, I am not someone who gets weirded out by technological advances, but I wasn’t even aware that we had a robot working in space! And I don’t know if any of you have seen I Robot, but robots can seem a bit creepy! Do you think that the use of this “robot glove”, will just begin the transformation of humans into more mechanized beings? Do any of you believe that, in the future, human beings will start being implanted with these “robotic enhancements”? And if so, do you welcome this change eagerly, seeing the possibilities that this new technology could afford us? Or do you see it as interfering too much with the natural course of life?

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  1. Ben Harrison
    March 19, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I’m a little confused about your I Am Legend reference. In that movie, the scientific advancement that led to curing cancer ended up causing the zombie apocalypse. I think you mean I, Robot. I think that using robotics to help humans do something is perfectly fine. I don’t think this will become a sort of robot suit that we strap on everyday to preform simple tasks. That being said, I can see space suits becoming more and more mechanised. Perhaps this glove will be build into the suit, other advancements could come out in later generations of the suit. On land, I see it being used like a tool. Before the saw, for example, we had no way of cutting wood so precisely. Robots already have replaced that, entire lines of assembly are done with the help of robots. Robots even create robots now. I see this as a good thing, a tool for human advancement, not a diversion from the corse of life.

  2. MTDM
    March 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I corrected I am Legend. I meant I Robot!

  3. March 20, 2012 at 2:49 am

    There are already robotic parts attached to humans- mostly artificial limbs. I think robots are a great way to advance technology and the longevity of human life. There really isn’t a very plausible way that robots could “take over the world.” For this to be possible, they would have to be able to reason free of any other influence- this isn’t feasibly possible in something created from technology with intimate objects. We have robots working all over the world, in not only space, but also in the sea and on the land. They have provided amazing advancements and safety in many aspects. In fact, a post I did last month was on a robotic arm that underwater rescue teams are using. Robots save lives, and to be afraid of something like them “taking over” is very unrealistic.

  4. jgold93
    March 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I think this can only be a positive. Anytime there is new technology, there will be a group of people who fight against it and use reasons such as “we’ll lose jobs” to make it seem that whatever advance it is at the time is bad. There is no reason to hold our society back and every new invention is just furthering what we’re capable of as a species. In response to it being impossible for inanimate objects being able to “take over,” as Artificial Intelligence increases i think it can be possible but I don’t see any situation like The Matrix realistically happening.

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