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Bots… Bots… Robots…

…will they be devouring us Humans in the next 50 years or so, transforming us into Zombies controlling our brains… and we will be wired so as to become their slaves?
Well, it may be said that the process is well under way with Artificial Intelligence (AI) gaining momentum and improving upon its functions, on a regular basis… With the self-driving cars, health-care bots, home-care bots (like Alexa, Siri, Google home), child-care bots, hospitality-bots, sex-bots, and many many others to account for have already become a reality, rather a necessity in countries, like Japan, the US, and some of the Western European countries!
Industrial China, with its chat-bots, is not lagging far behind, either… And Yes, the celebrated humanised bot Sophie of International Business Machines (IBM) has become ever so popular, as to give interviews at various platforms!

This, now, solely depends on us, on how we would like to interpret this as: a boon for the society or a bane? If we consider the multifarious benefits in the healthcare industry alone, the way the medical professionals are getting benefited from the bots for previously unimaginable operations, then we – in a way – are admitting and admiring the fact that the bots are slightly more than tools that are merely aiding advance science, with a blessing on human well-being!
On the other hand, it is hardly being considered how much analysis has been carried out to look into the cons weighed against the pros of having bots around us in our everyday lives… It seems that some serious consequences are already surfacing, like breach of privacy (contentions on personal data fed into Alexa, Siri by back hand personnel), lack of physical activity, effect on children (physical and mental), and, on top of all these – unemployment!
If we are to take a look into the present situation of employment in India, well, bots may not be the only reason for the recent rise in unemployment, but it does certainly play a part, when the Indian engineers seemingly lack the sufficient knowledge of AI, which means they either would need to upgrade themselves, or the engineering course curriculum be updated… And, it might even happen that some jobs would eventually need no human intervention at all! India, still being a labour-intensive economy with its population well over one billion, might suffer a serious blow from these bots in the coming decades…

A question naturally arises here: Are we, then, building our road to perdition?
Well, certainly, human beings are becoming dependent on these bots, and they – in a way – are taking over our lives, making us less humane and more mechanical. The recent incident pertaining to marriage of a Japanese man to a holographic chat bot may sound bizarre to many, but the Japanese are adapting fast to living with the bots!
Robotic Engineers and Computer Scientists are now logged into more research in making the bots more human-like – injecting satire and humour in the bot brains – to make them more interactive… It makes one only wonder whether bots are competitors of the human race on the surface of the Earth, and if we are moving towards an era in not-to-far a future when human beings would be wiped out by these bots, reminiscing the movie ‘Terminator III: The Rise of the Machines’.


Stephen Hawking

Although the AI is at its infancy now, further researches will give it more impetus to overpower us, as has been described by late Physicist Stephen Hawking, who had said: “Whereas the short-term impact of AI depends on who controls it, the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all…”. The physicist had further notified the scientific community to be careful with the intelligence of the bots so that it doesn’t outpace us or in effect, we need to colonise other planets (like Mars)… the journeys to which have begun with NASA, Space X of Elon Musk and Virgin Galactic of Richard Branson.
We can only recall, now, Pete Seeger’s immortal song which befits in describing our future generations living with the bots:

Where Have All The Flowers Gone
Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the flowers gone?
Girls have picked them every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the young girls gone?
Taken husbands every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young men gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the young men gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the young men gone?
Gone for soldiers every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time passing

Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Gone to graveyards every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?
Where have all the graveyards gone?
Long time passing

Where have all the graveyards gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the graveyards gone?
Covered with flowers every one
When will we ever learn?
When will we ever learn?

Boundless Ocean of Politics has received this article from Ms Udita Chatterjee.


Udita Chatterjee

Udita (born on March 22, 1981) previously worked as a Programme Manager (Research) with Landesa, a global land rights organisation. Now, she is an Independent Consultant, working for various non-profit organisations. She has more than 12 years of experience in the non-profit sector, working mainly in knowledge management, documentation, facilitation, monitoring and evaluation.
Udita graduated from Presidency College, Calcutta, majoring in Sociology and did her Masters in Sociology from Presidency College (now Presidency University), Kolkata, India. Later on, she pursued Masters in Population Studies (MPS) from the Department of Extra Mural Studies & Distance Education, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai, India.
Udita has a thirst for knowledge, as she enjoys reading. She is also into artworks-doing illustrations and colouring. She likes to surf the Internet, watch movies and loves to travel to various places, learning about the place and its culture and ethos.

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