The twentieth century was driven by the Western World’s embrace of the Industrial Revolution AND the fascination with the Age of the Machine! With this historical precedent continuing through the twentieth century, what would you imagine the machines of “Our Time” to be? A continuation of 100 years of supporting and nurturing the Industrial Revolution into the twenty-first century? Perhaps, a tighter fixation on the Age of the Machine with labor-saving innovations to improve the quality of life?
According to Susan Goldberg and David Berreby, from the September 2020 issue of National Geographic Magazine, the answer is much closer to home! “A revolution in robotics is upon us, as machines take over more duties long performed by humans. It’s changing how we live.” What are your thoughts on the “revolution in robotics” in our daily lifes? Do robotic machines make you feel grateful for the tasks they perform? Do robotic machines inspire you by the obvious advances in electronics and their placement within your environment? Or, do you feel uncomfortable by the proliferation of robotic machines and even threatened by their existence? “It’s an inevitable fact that we are going to have machines, artificial creatures, that will be a part of our daily life.”
This week we looked at Oskar Kokoschka and his fetish for a doll to replace his lost love—Alma Mahler. There is a firm in a quiet suburb of San Diego which seeks to provide a Kokoschka-like fetish solution to lost love. This firm is led by a “team of programmers, robotics specialists, special-effects experts, engineers, and artists who create robot companions that can appeal to hearts and minds…” We are talking about a big step from Siri and Alexa!
What are your thoughts on robotic machines of today and the intellectual quest to have AI (artificial intelligence) resemble the human brain/mind AND be implanted in a human-like form? To move from a Kokoschka-like doll of Alma Mahler to “We don’t today have a real artificial intelligence that resembles a human mind…But I think we will. I think that is inevitable.”
Real Dolls of the 21st century?