WHEN ROBOTS RULE:

 

How Robots Are Destined to Create

A New Kind of Human Society

 


(a work in progress)


    The coming age of robots promises to provide humanity with a a plentiful supply of assistance, companionship, and even leadership, but it also raises some darker questions. Will robots compete with us for dominance and soon replace humans in an ever-expanding number of key jobs and professions? Could they, armed with lethal force, represent a mortal threat to ourselves, our families, and our communities? Robot bodiesconstrained by nothing more than the physical capabilities of industrial materialsand robot mindslimited only by the constantly evolving potential of computer hardware and softwareare already being designed that significantly exceed many of the mental and physical capacities of their human creators. 

    All of this raises some fundamental questions about how humanity will related to these unique organisms. Should they be regarded as thinking and feeling beings, like our fellow humans, and be endowed with human-like rights and responsibilities? Or should they be regarded as little more than mechanical slaves, created with no purpose beyond that of doing the bidding of their human masters? The answers to such questions are, at best, elusive and uncertain. What is certain is that humanity will be wrestling with these questions for generations to come. 

 


Chapter 1- Robots and the Future

– Life Before Robots

– The Evolution of Robots

– The Coming Robot Revolution

 

Chapter 2 – Robot Workers

 – Robot Farmers

 – Robot Store Clerks

- Robot Cooks

– Robot Servants 

– Robot Nannies


Chapter 3 – Robot Drivers and Pilots

– Autonomous Vehicles

– Autonomous Airplanes

– Autonomous Trains 

– Autonomous Ships 

 

Chapter 4 – Robot Companions

- Robot Friends

- Robot Lovers

-  Robot Pets

 

Chapter 5 – Robot Leaders

- Robot Managers

- Robot Doctors

- Robot Lawyers

- Robot Teachers

- Robot Coaches

- Robot Therapists


Chapter 6 – Robot Fighters

– Robot Police

– Robot Guards

 – Robot Soldiers

– Killer Robots 


Chapter 7 – Robot Artists

– Robot Musicians

– Robot Painters 

– Robot Performers

 

Chapter 8 – The Robot Body

– Machine-Integrated Robots

– Industrial Robots

– Science Fiction Robots

–  Four-Legged Robots

–  Humanoid Robots

 

Chapter 9 – The Robot Mind

– Robots and Artificial Intelligence

– Robot Sleuths and Scientists

– Robot Creativity

– Can Robots Feel Emotions?

 

Chapter 10 – Robot Civil Rights

– Robot Rights and Responsibilities

– Do We Need a Robot Bill of Rights?

– Are Robots People Too?

 

Chapter 11 – Will Robots Control Human Society?

– Will Humans Obey Robot Leaders?

– Will Humans Side With Robots Against Other Humans?

– Can Robots Free Themselves From Human Control?

– Could Robots Go to War Against Humans?

– Our Brave New Robot-Driven World
 

 


Copyright © 2019 Richard L. Currier, PhD. All Rights Reserved.