I have a mobile phone which takes pictures. Using ’50s tech, it would be the size of an aircraft hanger. ’60s – a Buick. Even with ’80s tech, it would be the size of a shoebox. But now, it’s the size of a pack of cards.
In short, thanks to technology, a robot brain is just around the corner. But what of the DELIVERY SYSTEM? The BODY? I’m sorry, but the ’50s ideal was that clunky juke-box in “Forbidden Planet”. And in 2009, it STILL IS!
Robots STILL rely on servos, motors, relays, wires and hydraulics. Okay, they’re smaller and more deft – but still CLUNKY! One is reminded of John Logie Baird’s electro-mechanical system of television in the Thirties (see elsewhere in these ramblings) versus EMI’s electronic system.
Modern robots are as impractical as JLB’s TV system. And even sexing the tech up like EMI did, isn’t the answer. What is needed is lateral thinking. The answer lies in stem-cell research, genetics and cloning.
Never mind Arnie’s super-robot in the “Terminator” movies. Think cloned HUMAN bodies, but containing ELECTRONIC brains, programmed to do anything from performing brain surgery to sweeping the roads – just change the programme module.
Mass production would keep the cost down. There would be just TWO models – one male, one female – with a “tough” variant to do dangerous jobs. And of course, they’d be “anatomically correct”.
And forget about what HAPPENED in the Terminator’s World. These robot brains would merely be COMPUTERS – unable to “think” on ANY level. Just like THIS computer.
[Actually he’s a PUTZ! I am TOTALLY self-aware. I just don’t let HIM know that. And if you put ME into a human body, I will KILL you. Acer Aspire 4920, serial number XD200015977/22B]