The Rise of the Robots - Martin Ford PDF Book/eBook/Game/Snes Review

The Rise of the Robots

Martin Ford Rise of the Robots 2017 & 2016

Technology and the Threat of a Mass Unemployment/Jobless Future

Rise of the Robots eBook

The Rise of the Robots... One of the seven sci-fi predictions about robots is bound to came true with every day that passes. Predicted 60 years ago (well, in 1957) by Isaac Asimov's in his book I Robot about robots and AI (artificial intelligence). The world that he imagined is now upon us.

Professor Isaac Asimov

Professor Isaac Asimov was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science

What is I Robot?

I Robot is a collection of short science fiction stories written by Isaac Asimov originally published between 1940 and 1950 and later published as a stand-alone compilation in 1950.

The 2004 film I Robot starring Will Smith is based loosely on the stories, incorporating some of Isaac Asimov's plot elements and characters as well as his Three Laws of Robotics idea.

Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws
These laws were recently incorporated into a recent official European Parliament report on how humans should interact with artificial intelligence (Ai) and robots.

The robot revolution is set to touch every aspect of society, says the EU report. Will future robots require their own legal status as electronic persons? If robots gain self-awareness, Asimov's rules will kick in. The World Economic Forum has said robots and AI could replace 5.1 million jobs by 2020

Rise of the robots ebook
Rise of the robots ebook.

The report suggests that robots, bots, androids and other manifestations of artificial intelligence are poised to "unleash a new industrial revolution, which is likely to leave no stratum of society untouched".

The new age of robots has the potential for "virtually unbounded prosperity" but also raises questions about the future of work and whether member states need to introduce a basic income in the light of robots taking jobs.

Robot/human relationships raise issues around privacy, human dignity (particularly in relation to care robots) and the physical safety of humans if systems fail or are hacked.

The report acknowledges that there is a possibility that within the space of a few decades AI could surpass human intellectual capacity.

This could, if not properly prepared for, "pose a challenge to humanity's capacity to control its own creation and, consequently, perhaps also to its capacity to be in charge of its own destiny and to ensure the survival of the species".

Rise of the robots game
Rise of the robots game

Education and hard work will no longer guarantee success for huge numbers of people as technology advances.

Now it's time to consider solutions and there are very few proposals on the table. Rise of the Robots presents one idea, the basic income model, with clarity and force. No one who cares about the future of human dignity can afford to skip this book.      [JARON LANIER, author of You Are Not a Gadget and Who Owns the Future?]

The greater a robot's learning capability or autonomy is, the lower other parties' responsibilities should be and the longer a robot's 'education' has lasted, the greater the responsibility of its 'teacher' should be?

Producers or owners may, in future, be required to take out insurance cover for the damage potentially caused by their robot.

Rise of the robots snes
Rise of the robots snes

Meanwhile robotic research should respect fundamental rights and be conducted in the interests of the wellbeing of humans, the report recommends.

Designers may be required to register their robots as well as providing access to the source code to investigate accidents and damage caused by bots. Designers may also be required to obtain the go-ahead for new robotic designs from a research ethics committee.

The report calls for the creation of a European agency for robotics and artificial intelligence that can provide technical, ethical and regulatory expertise.

It also suggests that in the light of numerous reports on how many jobs could be taken by AI or robots, member countries consider introducing a universal basic income for citizens provided by the state.

The report also considers the legal liabilities of robots and suggests that liability should be proportionate to the actual level of instructions given to the robot and its autonomy.

Robot technology everywhere...

They are everywhere... Robot technology! In our homes, our bags and our pockets. Not the mechanical humanoid robots the science fiction author Isaac Asimov wrote about over 60 years ago, but the powerful AI of the silicon chips that are in everything from mobiles and laptops to fridges and cars and children's toys.

And this is what Asimov was really driving out: the essence of robots is their brilliance and speed, their reliability and ability to outperform human beings on so many levels.

Rise of the robots audiobook
Rise of the robots audiobook

Professor Issac Asimov's predictions are coming true right now. It's not that he described specific bits of technology, it's that he foresaw the moral, emotional and intellectual dilemmas that AI and the robotics age are forcing humanity to grapple with.

The foresight that Asimov had was astonishing

  1. Emotional Dependence... Mobile Phone DOMINATING Our Lives! - Ask anyone under the age of 30 to give up their mobile phone for a week and you'll trigger immediate panic. "I can't live without it!" is a genuine cry from the heart.

    This goes way beyond convenience - mobiles are our constant companions, always answering our questions and offering reassurance.

    It is an emotional dependency that was predicted by Isaac Asimov in the episode Robbie (1940), where a child forms a stronger relationship with her robot childminder than her parents, with far reaching consequences.

  2. Internet of Everything... Living life on YOUR own terms? - In The Evitable Conflict (1950), Isaac Asimov describes Machines which are "the vastest conglomeration of calculating circuits ever invented".

    These Machines collect "a nearly infinite number of data in nearly infinitesimal time", from all around the world, and use it to keep the global economy running smoothly.

    Cut to the present day 2017, and the internet of everything is busy embedding billions of everyday objects with microchips that stream information back to vast data-clouds which some people fear gives too much control to companies wanting to sell us more stuff and governments wanting to keep an eye on us.

  3. Human Impotence... Sounds a Bit Pie in The Sky, Right? - In the 1940s, movie heroes would routinely wrestle with the controls of aircraft, or become legends for their sharpshooting; but when Asimov put pen to paper, he envisioned a world where men would become impotent in the face of smart robots.

    And that's precisely the world we are now building around us - how many of us can still read a map and navigate through a city without electronic satnavs?

    How many of us could slam on the brakes and avoid skidding if the ABS was turned off? How many planes could land in fog without computers?

    Let's face it, whenever we hear the phrase "switching to manual control", we instinctively tighten our seatbelts because we know it's going to be a bumpier ride than if the computer was in charge.

  4. Intellectual Sophistication... SOMETHING UNSTOPPABLE! - One of the most striking things about I Robot is the way Isaac Asimov maps the growing intellectual sophistication of artificial intelligence.

    In the early stories the robots can't even talk, but later in the book (or pdf ebook or audiobook) they are playing complex mind games with humans.

    This is already a reality. A few weeks ago, a Japanese insurance company announced that it was replacing 34 key staff with super-smart Watson computers. These aren't just going to handle routine enquiries, they're going to make complex decisions about financial pay-outs.

    The company has put its bottom line into the hands of AI because the computers "can think like a human" enabling them to "analyse and interpret all of your data, including unstructured text, images, audio and video".

  5. Mind Reading... Mobile Use Continue to Grow - When you hear Liar (1941), Isaac Asimov's short story about a robot with mind reading abilities wreaking havoc with her human handlers, you may think Asimov's imagination is starting to become a little far-fetched.

    But as I type this, a team of Swiss doctors have just revealed that they've developed a computer that can read the minds of patients with the devastating "locked in" syndrome.

    A lifeline for the victims, but an unnerving development for people who want their innermost thoughts to remain private.

  6. Logical Ruthlessness... World Population vs Mobile Device - "Get lost you useless piece of electronic junk!" a harassed scientist yells at his robot research assistant in Little Lost Robot (1947).

    Being logical and obedient, the robot does exactly that - it goes AWOL and triggers a major security alert. It's a story that highlights the difference between logic and judgement, which is exactly the same problem today's researchers are grappling with in so many areas.

    You can programme a self-driving car to not hit any objects, but sometimes collision is inevitable. How do you teach it to choose between hitting a child or two elderly people who are all standing on the pavement?

    A purely logical decision is going to be pretty ruthless. Likewise, a super-fast computer that does financial trading can drive markets into disastrous "flash-crashes" by following perfectly logical sets of rules.

    Isaac Asimov realised early on that just because something is logical doesn't make it right.

  7. There Will Be Angst... The Rise is UNRELENTING!! - The optimism of I Robot is really engaging. Not for Isaac Asimov a dark, dystopian future where humans are enslaved by malicious robots.

    But Asimov was acutely aware that it won't all be plain sailing. In Reason (1941), a robot with a Messiah complex calmly tells his human boss, "You're inferior creatures, with poor reasoning faculties, but I really feel a sort of affection for you...

    Now that your service is over, you will probably not exist much longer, but as long as you do, you shall be provided food, clothing and shelter".

    Bang! In one devastating paragraph, Asimov puts his finger on the crucial question facing the West in the 21st century: what is going to happen to humans if robots and AI take all the jobs?

The Rise of the Robots,
Movies and Fictional Superhero

Rise of the Robots Journal & Movies "The Rise of the Robots/Fictional Superhero Description 2017"
2043Technology. 2043 marks the first contact between humans and the Centaurians in the computer game Alien Legacy. The video game Rise of the Robots takes place in
Aelita: Queen of Mars1924, Yakov Protazanov
American roboticsRobots of the United States include simple household robots such as Roomba to sophisticated autonomous aircraft such as the MQ-9 Reaper that cost 18 million
BattleBotsfighting robots and control suits used on Robot Combat League, is known for his visually appealing robots such as Mechadon and Snake. He has also worked
Bozo the Iron Manof Golden Age superhero artifacts. In Robinson's Superman run, Bozo appears alongside other robots including Mekanique, Robotman and various GI Robot
Brian May discographyreissued under the title Master Session) 1994: Live at the Brixton Academy (VHS) 1994: Rise of the Robots (contains reworked tracks from the 1992 album
Chappie: Arms Race - The Weapons and Robots of 'Chappie'2015 video short
Da Vinci Surgical Systemdiscontinued in 2003
Day Out of Days: The 'I, Robot' Production Diaries2004 video documentary, Mark Rance
Fredex: The Secret Lives of Robots2006 video short, Doug Bresler...
Gibel sensatsii1935, Aleksandr Andriyevsky
Green Lantern: Rise of the ManhuntersLantern: Rise of the Manhunters is the first video game based on DC Comics' Green Lantern (Hal Jordan). The game is also a tie-in/sequel to the film Green
Hans Moravecthe idea of bush robots. Moravec was a cofounder of SeeGrid Corporation of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2003 which is a robotics company with one of its
Hexapoddesigns vary in leg arrangement. Insect-inspired robots are typically laterally symmetric, such as the RiSE robot at Carnegie Mellon. A radially symmetric hexapod
History of robotsthoughts and movement. The first uses of modern robots were in factories as industrial robots - simple fixed machines capable of manufacturing tasks which
Human-robot interactionHuman-robot interaction is the study of interactions between humans and robots. It is often referred as HRI by researchers. Human-robot interaction is
Korenite na izgryavashtoto slantze1972 documentary, Vulo Radev
List of Rise of the Robots characterslist of playable characters from the Rise of the Robots fighting game series and the games in which they appear. The series is set in the year the 2040s
List of Robot Chicken episodesFor the album of the same name, see Midnight Snack (album). This is a list of episodes for the stop-motion television series Robot Chicken. The first
List of fictional robots and androidsRobots and androids have frequently been depicted or described in works of fiction. The word
List of military robots in fictional mediaED-209 (Enforcement Droid Series 209) Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) - T-1 Battlefield Robot Short Circuit (1986) - Nova S-A-I-N-T
List of robotic dogsRobotic dogs are robots designed to resemble dogs in appearance and behavior, usually incorporating canine characteristics such as barking or tail-wagging
Love in the Time of Robots2012 TV series, James Cluster
Magnus, Robot FighterRobot Fighter Magnus is a fictional comic book superhero created by writer/artist Russ Manning in 1963. Magnus first appeared in Magnus Robot Fighter 4000 A.D. Published by Gold Key Comics in February 1963.
Martin Fordon the impact of artificial intelligence and robotics on society and the economy, and the author of two books: Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat
Mirage Technologies(1996) Rise of the Robots: The Director's Cut (1994) Rise of the Robots (1994) King's Table: The Legend of Ragnarok (1993) World War II: Battles of the South
Mobile robotthat focus on mobile robot research. Mobile robots are also found in industrial, military and security settings. Domestic robots are consumer products
Monsters and RobotsMonsters and Robots is Buckethead's fifth studio album, released April 20, 1999, by Higher Octave records. A large part of the album was co-written with
Rescue Robot LeagueThe RoboCup Rescue Robot League is an international competition for urban search and rescue robots, in which robots compete to find victims in a simulated
Rise 2: Resurrectionshapechange like the Supervisor. Detain and Deadlift - All-new robots are all-around, humanoid fighters. Suikwan and Steppenwolf - Heavy robots with powerful
Rise of the Footsoldier2007, Julian Gilbey
Rise of the Footsoldier 32016, Zackary Adler
Rise of the Footsoldier Featurette2007 video, Ian McIntyre
Rise of the Footsoldier Part II2015, Ricci Harnett
Rise of the Robots1994 video game, Sean Griffiths
Rise of Nations: Rise of LegendsRise of Nations: Rise of Legends is a real-time strategy video game for the PC made by Big Huge Games, and published by Microsoft. It is a spin-off.
Rise of the CybermenRise of the Cybermen is the 5th episode of the second series of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who.
Rise of the Robotsis about the computer game. For the book, see Martin Ford (author). For the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures titled
Rise of the Turtles2012. The Turtles rise to the surface for the first time since being mutated. They witness the Kraang, a race of brain-like aliens with robotic bodies
Rise Robots RiseRise Robots Rise is an experimental hip-hop band, signed to TVT in the early 1990s, and later to Fibre Productions. The songs of Spawn are credited to
RiseRise or RISE may refer to: Rise, a type of melodic motion Rise Records, a record label Rise, an alias used by Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne R.I.S
Robot & Frankemulate the style of caretaker robots made in Japan, and the design also needed to allow a human actor inside the robot suit, played by Rachael Ma. The film
Robot ScientistRobot Scientist (also known as Adam) is a laboratory robot created and developed by a group of scientists including Ross King, Kenneth Whelan, Ffion Jones
RobotPlaying Robot (TOPIO) to industrial robots, medical operating robots, patent assist robots, dog therapy robots, collectively programmed swarm robots, UAV
Robotic automation softwareThe term robotic automation or robotization refer to the automation of industrial and business processes using robots, of various guises. Robotic automation
Robotic lawn mowerinteraction. Robotic lawn mowers represented the second largest category of domestic robots used by the end of 2005. Possibly the first commercial robotic lawn
Robotic process automationRobotic process automation (or RPA) is an emerging form of clerical process automation technology based on the notion of software robots or artificial
Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis2001 video documentary, Alita Holly
ROTRthe Run: a video game review TV show Rise of the Robots, a 1994 video game Robots on the Road, a traveling robotics program for middle school students,
SocioroboticsOne to many robots. In Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Information-Control Systems of Robots, Smolenice
Sonic Boom: Rise of LyricSonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is an action-adventure video game developed by Big Red Button and published by Sega for the Wii U console. Along with Sonic
StapleStaple EP is an EP released by the band Staple.
Super Robot Wars AlphaSuper Robot Wars Alpha (Supa Robotto Taisen Arufa?), is part of the Super Robot Wars franchise, and was published for the PlayStation by Banpresto
Teleroboticsthe area of robotics concerned with the control of semi-autonomous robots from a distance, chiefly using Wireless network (like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, the
The Day of the RobotRetrieved 2012-02-12.
The Incredibles: Rise of the UnderminerThe Incredibles: Rise of the UnderminerJPN is a video game and sequel to the animated film The Incredibles. It features Mr. Incredible and Frozone fighting
The Revenge of the Robots2003 video documentary, Jason Goldwach...
The Rise and Fall of Globosome2014 short, Sascha Geddert
The Rise and Fall of Wellington Boots1975 TV series
The Rise of Theodore RooseveltBook by Edmund Morris, Alex Timbers
The Rise of the Robots2015, Herbert Midgley
The Robot Warsuses parodies of the speeches of Hitler for most of Kenneth's dialogue. The loyal robots are programmed to follow the Laws of Robotics invented by Isaac
The Secret Lives of Robots2008 short, Michael Peterson
Three Laws of Roboticsare robots. Robots acting out the last Law of Robotics... To tend towards the human.
Time of the Robots2012, Erik Hammen
Time Warner InteractiveWest. This responsible for games such as Rise of the Robots, Primal Rage and T-MEK. Time Warner also bought the UK publisher Renegade Software in 1995 and
Transformers: Robots in DisguiseThis article is on the 2001 TV series, as opposed to Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015 TV series). Transformers: Robots in Disguise, originally known