Blog: What is robotics?
One of my clients — yes I can call them this — is a STEM school. And I think STEM is cool. Not too cool for school.
But just cool.
So I would like to blog about it.
Don’t mind me.
Feel free to listen.
It won’t matter either way. That’s the double-edged sword of this platform.
I want someone to hear me, but also want to ruminate. So today’s more of a rumination.
So now, back to the original question.
What is robotics?
Robotics, according to a NASA page, is the study of robotics. And robots perform different tasks. They can perform tasks autonomously, or can be programmed with the help of a person.
For NASA, robots are used to explore different parts of the universe. So a rover on Mars, for example, is a type of robot.
One thing of note is that robots also intersect with the idea of artificial intelligence where they “think” based on pre-programmed information. I mean, they’r not really thinking independently, but making decisions based on given data. But I think that I’d still like to note this.
This would be the premise of a movie like I, Robot where the robot begins to think for itself and become “defective,” or destructive, rather.
Which brings me to the next topic, Isaac Asimov.
So now, Isaac Asimov.
I don’t read sci-fi much and actually enjoy blogging about a topic like this because it gets me started in this direction. I do remember reading a book for summer reading in 8th grade. I think it was Fantastic Voyage, if I remember, a journey inside of the human body. Like Ms. Frizzle.
That was a cool read.
Anyway, these are the three laws. It appeared during a time when it makes sense historically, to my knowledge, for these questions to start to be asked, in the 1940s and 1950s when computers, the precursors to the computers of today also began to make their way onto the world stage.
So the three laws are:
- A robot can’t injure a human being or allow the person to be harmed.
- A robot must obey orders unless said orders conflict with #1.
- A robot should protect its existence, as long as it doesn’t conflict with #1 or #2.
I like how Asimov put robot’s second to humans. And I see now that he wrote I, Robot. I mentioned it before recognizing this. In any case, that is it, a basic explanation. Asimov is well known for his sci-fi novels. I actually would like to read more of his work.
There is more to learn about robots, but this is a basic explainer.
Until next time.