Technical Divide

hisashige-tanakaAs per the latest tech literature, Robot “is a virtual or mechanical artificial agent”. In practice, it is usually an electro-mechanical system which, by its appearance or movements, conveys a sense that it has intent or agency of its own. The word robot can refer to both physical robots and virtual software agents, but the latter are usually referred to as bots.” Robots have come a long way since Hisashige Tanaka (1799–1881) created an array of extremely complex mechanical toys, some of which served tea, fired arrows drawn from a quiver, and even painted a Japanese kanji character.

Analysts and trend watchers say the day is not far when robots will be more pervasive and this interaction between men and machines will have visible impact on society. Spanish scientist have carried out a study to find out the possible influence of robots on society in times to come. The study concludes that the vast automation potential of robots and their capability to interact with humans will cause a technological divide over the next decade or so between those who have them and those who do not.

There already exists major technological divide. Fact is that over six billion computers have been sold till date. Every one living on this Earth would have one if they were evenly distributed but they are not. Same way, the pervasiveness of robots is going to increase the gap even further. This gap needs to be bridged. How you think that is possible?

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