Sunday, February 25, 2018

My bot will call your bot

When did you start loving robots? I was born in 1960 and I grew up loving "The Jetsons" and Gigantor the space aged robot. Robots were always a big part of my life. I was 17 years old when Star Wars made (all of us) REALLY love robots. Or shall we call them droids? 

Remember when R2-D2 stopped the Death Star trash compactor? Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewbacca would have all become much thinner if not for R2-D2 shutting down the garbage compactor on the Death Star.

R2-D2 took care of the buzz droids. R2-D2 never backs down. He doesn’t technically have feelings and can’t be scared, but I would say he is fearless. He’s loyal and reliable and stopped Anakin’s ship from being destroyed by buzz droids.

Remember when R2-D2 repaired the Millennium Falcon hyperdrive? Counting on the Millennium Falcon for an escape is always risky. When Leia, Chewbacca, and Lando tried to escape Cloud City, the hyperdrive wasn’t fixed as Lando said it would be. R2-D2 fixed the hyperdrive under pressure.

2018: AI robots and droids are all the rage. We have loved robots for decades. A few years ago, we had our first robots "sweeping up" our floors. Flying droids, self-driving cars, AI chatbots are now a part of our business world. Voice controlled, machine learning AI droids are now a multi-billion dollar business. 

It seems that for decades, we wanted robots in our lives. We wanted automation, we wanted a future where autonomous robots become our friends, our colleagues, our co-workers. 

Today, I have an AI robot ("Amy" of and she runs my calendar.  I have another AI robot "Eva" who attends my online meetings. Eva sends me a written transcription of everything said in the meetings. Amy and Eva never take a vacation, and they never call in sick. But they also never laugh at my jokes. ( If you want your own Amy or Eva, email me and I'll hook you up:

It has been 40 years since we first met R2-D2. Yeah, Gigantor was cool in the 60's but he would not work without you. Cartoon robots. Movie robots. And now, reality. Gigantor the cartoon robot needed "us" for him to operate. Today's REAL robots and autonomous AI droids, not so much. 

We have always loved robots. I hope robots will always love us back. 

[Point: The year 2062That was the prediction in the Jetsons cartoon TV show. The futuristic series, first produced by Hanna-Barbera in 1962, was set in 2062. So we've still got some time before we are all zipping around in self-driving flying cars. Unless Elon Musk wants it to be sooner......]

Gigantor the space aged robot, 
He is at your command. 
Gigantor the space aged robot, 
His power is in your hand. 


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