LAS432 Technology and Modern Culture

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LAS432 Technology and Modern Culture
What are some of the ways that the ease and simplicity of our current technological devices…

 

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LAS432 Technology and Modern Culture

LAS432 Technology and Modern Culture

Discussions Week 6 All Students Posts 43 Pages 

What are some of the ways that the ease and simplicity of our current technological devices have led us to surrogate our daily responsibilities onto these devices? How do these make us vulnerable to errors, risks, and/or failures? Please include examples, and be as specific as possible. Class, below I have posted the site for the Institute for Global Futures which describes how robotics are used to perform specific human tasks.  This is a different type of use of technology to delegate human duties to, as compared to the everyday delegation we can make to our smart phones, as one example.
Do you foresee into the future, robotics “managing” workers? While our reliance upon technology does generate dependency, from your observations, are there skills acquired from our frequent use of digital technology?

Machines run assembly lines, shipping companies; clean our floors, and more.  Basically, we already delegate human duties to robotic technology in almost every aspect of our lives.  This article covers what could possibly take over as the next level of virtual reality; bringing the reality into your virtual world.  I can totally see something like this happening, but we are long way away from the large scale version of this.  To sit at home and be linked into a realistic humanlike robot that is entirely controlled by you is a scary thought. People will use them to do unethical and illegal things like rob banks, kill people, and more.  A good hacker could ensure that no one would be able to trace the robot back to his/her server, ensuring his/her own safety while committing crimes.  I can see robots that provide assistance and medical care for the elderly, or even robots that are helpers, more like the movie I-Robot, than I can see a virtual reality world like the movie Surrogates happening.  There is no doubt that we will continue to build machines to do the tasks we don’t want to, the question is, how far do our moral and ethical boundaries extend?  Remember, “A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right and evil doesn’t become good, just because it’s accepted by a majority”…