Automatonophobia, The Future of Robots and Artificial Intelligences. I, for one, accept our new robot overlords.

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Automatonophobia is the fear of anything that falsely represents having sentience, the autonomy to act out of human control. Typical humans, afraid of what they can’t control or manipulate.

A common theme of cyberculture, and a running trope in media & film, is the fear and demonisation of robots. More so are we fearing the robots, but what they are capable of, and will be capable of the farther technology advances. It’s seen time and time again, from Ultron to Ava, that we create these fictional stories of doomed robots and their flawed understanding of humanity (a reflection on our own humanity they tell us), will ultimately doom us.

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Robotics have come a long way in a very short amount of time, and companies like Hanson Robotics have their eyes firmly set on creating lifelike, animatronic-androids designed solely for human interaction. To be more human than human. Sophia, is the real-life Ava of Ex Machina. Creator Dr David Hanson’s goal is to make robots “as conscious, creative and capable as any human” and eventually, to one day “be indistinguishable from humans”. He envisions a world of robots not dehumanising us, but reminding us of our humanity.

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But more on that later, essentially, I wish to say, robots are not evil. They are not Ultron because they were programmed by Tony Stark’s (our) flaws and faults. They do not become Ava because their intelligence is so far more superior that it uses our own humanity against us. They are what we make them to be. Cyberculture, society, or whoever, needs something to fear that we think is threatening what makes us human.

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What I will be talking about instead, is the path of robotics or humanbotics and where its heading. Starting with the history of robots and how we came to fear them, I wish to track through media the villain label we have come to attach to robots and offer a more friendlier take on robots and us. How many innocent robots have succumbed to human hands in films and television? How do the news and internet react to the human like animatronics? Do we really even need to fear the power of robots? Will they actually take over the world?

Nobody puts Robot in the corner.

6 thoughts on “Automatonophobia, The Future of Robots and Artificial Intelligences. I, for one, accept our new robot overlords.

  1. Very interesting path to follow for cyber-cultures! I am already intrigued in the way you’ve introduced your intentions and the whole time I was reading your post my mind went to the movie i-Robot (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0343818/synopsis?ref_=ttpl_pl_syn) . In 2035 a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity. This to me represents your idea of Automatonophobia. I like the way you explained this idea with examples from film (and popular ones that can be easily recognised). Within i-Robot the robots in this are programmed to help humans and not harm them in anyway, to later be responsible to a human command of murder. The video included by Hanson robotics is completely new to me, and honestly made me feel uneasy and perhaps minor ‘Automatonophobia’ but the more I watched and understood the ideas behind it for medical, education and customer service applications it started to interest me and think about implications these will have. I think your exploration will be very insightful and hopefully play down the prejudice many of us (sometimes myself included) have on robots and explore their beneficial potential. The idea they can evolve using artificial intelligence is something that I’m not yet sure about, yet if it means they allow expansion for their assistance I’d be really fascinated. The idea the video brought up about not being considered legal persons, could this change? If that is so would they be considered in the legal frameworks of society? This cybernetic path you’ve started could be useful in explaining to people worried about AI in seeing the advantages of robotic development!

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    1. This piece right here, ties into what I am trying to explain with my digital artefact. I too welcome our robot overlords. I am arguing in my blog post (not up yet) that the idea of this replicated race is a reality that we should not take lightly. This is bound to happen and i cant even imagine what people like Hans Moravec have been able to see , what kind of inside information they have on this current issue. Just letting you know i also emailed him but he didnt reply so pretty shitty about that . I also emailed Bethesda to see where they got their information and inspiration form but they also havent replied. Anyway , with a few interesting scenarios the game attempts to outline an America that is under the Synth threat. These artificial humans created by The Institute (Hanson Robotics) Their motto by the way is “Mankind Redefined” bit scary when you think about it . I wonder what would happen if lets say a shootout happened , they gun downed the individual responsible , and it turned out this dude was a Synthetic Human. Made to look exactly like us.

      I have no doubt in my mind that this creation can be exploited with masses of them produced by governments to fight their wars. I wouldnt even be surprised if we had these Synths, roaming our general society. The bloody paranoia ..

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  2. This is a really cool concept and look forward to seeing more from it. This idea that we are afraid of what we create has plagued sci-fi for a while but the robots being evil is not always the case. In movies like ‘her’ in which a man falls in love with an operating system only to find out he isn’t the only one the operating system is in a relationship with, we can see that the idea of relationships with robots is accepted and not something that was feared. The facebook comment that talks about the loss of jobs is interesting in that this is a common fear and would be a good option to explore further, is it justified or not?

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  3. First off, well done on the post! Really interested in the area of robotics that you decided to explore! As others have previously mentioned, I would like to direct you to Issac Asimov’s 3 laws of robotics as well as his Sci-Fi literature. Having done research for my project, I learned that Asimov had anticipated the fear of robots and therefore came up with the 3 laws. Additionally, I reccomend reading Lee McCauley’s article “The Frankenstein Complex and Asimov’s three laws”.

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    1. Oh yeah! I remember reading about them it was kind of interesting. I’d love to find a way to weave them into my assignment some how. Thanks for the article heads up I’ll give that a go for sure!

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  4. First off, well done on the post! Really interested in the area of robotics that you decided to explore! As others have previously mentioned, I would like to direct you to Issac Asimov’s 3 laws of robotics as well as his Sci-Fi literature. Having done research for my project, I learned that Asimov had anticipated the fear of robots and therefore came up with the 3 laws. Additionally, I recommend reading Lee McCauley’s article “The Frankenstein Complex and Asimov’s three laws”.

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