The symbiosis of man and machine: from industrial to humanoid robotics and their impact on contemporary society
The evolution of technology: an introduction to the 21st century
Making man-machine symbiosis happen
New technologies at the beginning of the 21st century allow for an increasing degree of symbiosis between man and machine. Today, there is probably no doubt that we are living in a time when robots are becoming part of our everyday lives.
Dimensions of robotics
Interdisciplinarity and the evolution of discipline
Basically, robotics is an interdisciplinary scientific discipline, representing a broad field of knowledge and key developments in different scientific fields. Robotics in the narrow sense can be said to have long outgrown its original meaning, due to the rapid development of science and new technologies, and especially its applicability in many new fields.
A new chapter in robotics
Optimising economic benefits
One of the important robotic directions in modern society is the development of social and humanoid robotics. Humanoid robots are human-like machines – robots. Industrial robots represent the capitalist engineering of optimising economic benefits, while humanoid robots represent new content and added value within the field of robotics.
NAO, Eva and Lili: Humanoid robots in educational processes
This is how we developed identities and character for the NAO humanoid robot. We developed the robot personalities of Eva and Lili. We have developed several educational and demonstrative applications for Evo and Lili to educate the general public about humanoid robotics. By presenting Eva and Lili robots, we are not only providing knowledge from a technical point of view, but also from a humanistic and artistic point of view. The aim of this kind of education is to encourage the general public to think outside the box when it comes to the use of robots in our society.
Robot Culture and Perception
Comparison between the West and Japan
The fascination with robots varies greatly depending on the society, the culture and its history. In the West, when we hear the word “robot”, we still think of a mechanical terminator that cannot be trusted; in Japan, robots are superheroes and human friends. The Japanese are so fascinated by robots that they often refer to their country as the “robot kingdom” (roboto okoku).
Changing the situation in Slovenia
The humanoid robot trend in public
It is now safe to say that the situation in Slovenia regarding the awareness and thus acceptance of robots in society is changing. I have noticed that in Slovenia in the last year there has been a trend of introducing humanoid robots to the general public.
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