The Existentialist Dread of Robotics

Fear of replacement at the mechanical hands of robots is holding back much-needed progress in automation.


Whenever the word robot is used it is intrinsically linked to outlandish scenes taken from a straight-to-DVD science fiction movie. Even now, I can’t help but hear the theme music from Terminator 2 in my head whenever I read something about robots.

The reality of robotics, however, is still rooted in the mundane. Anyone who watched the recent viral video of a robot attempting, and comedically failing, in the simple task of stacking a small box on a shelf has little need to fear any kind of robo

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