We are surrounded and supported by a bots ecosystem. I will try to bring that into perspective to evaluate the current rate of explosion of bots and newer solutions coming around it — and how to stay human still!
- When we wake up,with help from an external alarm clock , we are taking help of a Bot.
- When we are parking our car and when reversing it, there is a smart system that warns us for the exact safe-distance to keep going. That’s a smarter Bot!
- Notice the cool soap dispenser that spits soap when we put our hand under it? That’s a Bot!
- Recall the automated vacation response you configured in your favorite email client? Well, you have guessed, that’s also a …Bot!
We have never thanked these systems for their existence, for we know they are physics concepts glued together mechanically. A Thank-You comes and goes via a heart! 🙂
Coming back to the topic, now imagine all of those Bots, fusing into a single system with a human structure!
- What was your reaction when the last time, your car backing system told you incorrectly that you were 1 meter from an obstacle while there was a gap of roughly 5 meters!
- When was the last time your alarm clock did not wake you up?(battery out or way too low?)
- Isn’t it way irritating when the mechanical soap dispenser does not spit the soap, instead only throws out the air?
- Haven’t we all misfired a wrongly configured vacation response and feeling way embarrassed and apologizing for it for all day long to colleagues and co-workers!?
As for the premise, these bots *independently* do their job perfectly. But when they break, nothing else is affected around it. Well I am yet to hear about misconstruing a vacation response due to a non working soap dispenser!(all right that’s way too much exaggeration — but we get the point!).
The fact that they are disconnected, allows us, the user of that system to fallback/switch to another means. Say the car backing system is down, well ask a passerby to help you. Your alarm clock is out, well start working on your body’s alarm clock(no excuse here!).
I will construct two hypothetical views that are actually happening in the bots eco-system and obviously I am opposed to such developments. Hence suggesting a way out, as I cannot stop these movements.
- Once these systems are connected, and one of its components starts acting strange(see I elevated it to a human), the whole behavior might be eccentric to say the least. If your SuperBot is out of battery, it might just get you to wake you up but might not be able to help you with and send the vacation responses.
- Add the internet to the mix!
The take away from the whole story:
- Let us as individuals, not try to fuse all our bot dependency into a single system. It makes it highly probable to fail and although it gives us lot of convenience, but at a high cost of dependence. This whole connected thing is a convenience at the cost of our freedom.
- The most secure sites are still subject to theft/fraud ( I am only referring to financial losses). When a fused bot with the thinking of the whole internet is there, and one small error/condition unchecked/unnoticed will be not safe, to say the least.
As for the bots ecosystem, I would love to see
- a centralized parking bot, letting a big relief to all humans from this petty job
- an aerial bot that delivers newspapers
But then again, I won’t allow either of them talk to each other, A single Bot good for One Task. 🙂