Robot Revolution

2009 ,    »  -   9 Comments
Ratings: 6.76/10 from 34 users.

It's the stuff of science fiction. One day, robots will be seamlessly integrated into society, assisting in the workplace and home, and able to mirror human emotions, motivations and nuance. Given our steady cinematic diet of indestructible terminators and murderous machines from other galaxies, much of the public would be justified in expressing some degree of skepticism over this notion. But many key figures from the fields of scientific innovation recognize the promise of something else entirely: hope and possibility.

Just ask roboticist Rodney Brooks. Having attained a sterling reputation in robotics through his groundbreaking work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, Brooks was recruited by the United States Department of Defense to devise a fully functional, socially interactive robot that can successfully compete against a human opponent on an ancient Chinese game of skill called Go.

Robot Revolution follows Brooks and his team as they struggle to realize this highly ambitious creation. Can they craft a robotic life form that displays a full range of motor skills, decision-making capabilities, social awareness, behavioral observations and appropriate action responses? Most crucially, can they make it affordable for private industry and the general public alike? Should they be successful in their quest, the long-term ramifications of their invention are potentially vast and culturally seismic. Robots might eventually assume essential functions in the workplace, in our homes, in our elder care facilities, and on the battlefield.

Journeying from scientific laboratories and corporate landscapes to domestic environments, Robot Revolution traces the current possibilities that are being explored and realized within this burgeoning industry. The robotic intelligence of today has far surpassed what was possible just a decade ago, yet scientists and technologists insist that its development is still in a stage of infancy. Even when the most pressing technological hurdles of robotic development and manufacturing are conquered, will the human population be accepting enough to embrace it?

There's still much work to be done before the melding of mind and machine can become our everyday reality. With probing curiosity and infectious enthusiasm, Robot Revolution shows us that this reality may reach our horizon sooner than we think.

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9 Comments / User Reviews

    Fabien L'Amour
  1. Fabien L'Amour

    Interesting documentary, too bad the Revolution is so far behind what was predicted a few decades ago.

  2. robert elliot
  3. robert elliot

    At least what is revealed publicly. What is going on inside private research labs and the Pentagon would probably blow our minds.

  4. deliaruhe
  5. deliaruhe

    Well, I don't think we have to worry about a Terminator anytime soon.

  6. Fabien L'Amour
  7. Fabien L'Amour

    Well, I remember as a kid we were told robots would do everything and anything in the 21st century and we would all have flying cars. ;)

  8. Gary Crehan
  9. Gary Crehan

    Kiss your job goodbye

  10. Kansas Devil
  11. Kansas Devil

    Humans can have some silly ideas about technology. I guess that is because fewer people are knowledgeable about how it is accomplished and settle for simply working it. I suspect that will mean less educated business administrators.
    But it will be a long time before machines can be programmed to think as economically intuitive as a human.

  12. T800
  13. T800

    You wanna bet? Personally, I feel it is not too difficult a task to program a robot to accomplish one job. Making a robot that can cook, clean, hold a steady job, and take care of a family all at once, THAT is what is difficult.

  14. Javi
  15. Javi

    Thank for such a good documentary!!! :-)

  16. Khalid
  17. Khalid

    I learned how useful robots can be especially in times of crisis

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