I am not sure what the psychological term is when people say one thing and their actions are 180 degrees out of tangent from what they say. I see it seems to accelerate exponentially as we get more technology in our lives and have a large section of society resembling Pavlov’s rats with dopamine hits with a resend or “like” button. Few taking the time to open up the doors to the incredible access to information that is available online to change, learn, or try a new thing in your life? While I have to go to libraries for research in some areas we are working in – what one can learn about with a few clicks of buttons is astounding.
I digress, my mind is thinking up a few ways about aging and robots and what will be a tsunami of “helpers, spouses, aides, and companions.” In our future. I made a joke the other day saying, “will dogs and cats be made obsolete in urban environments with robots because people won’t have to feed the animal, or pick up the crap they leave on the street?” (sidebar – now I have an idea for “robot-poop” the little sanitation bot that follows your pet along like they are trying to do with drones and fighter pilots today – no need for you to bend down and clean up that crap…buy “robot-poop! Your city sanitation pet cleaner upper!”)
Do you think I need more coffee? The truth is the past two days have been blistering with good things with work. Since I am waiting for a slight delay for a new space, I have simply built a temporary mind map room that I warn people, “if you walk in, it will look like the mind of a crazy person with all the 5 main projects we are working on. It is merely how I need to see the data and information and move it around to find the best potential solutions in time.
Now that I think about it, people are afraid to be messy. Most brainstorms are rather dull, boring, and if I see more linear lines of colored stickie post-it notes and meetings to have meetings to think about what to believe about…. just go in with the problem and let people have the freedom to play with possible solutions. Then have space where you can jettison them into a refining and prototype space where you can make lots of mistakes in a short time, with very little expense…and THEN you probably will come up with good solutions that are not the norm of following what has been done in the past, or in healthcare, “stop medicating the symptoms and find a cure for the illness.
Of course, you also have to ask, “will the market do the work to really change themselves?” that is a great question, that will have many say or think they are doing the work to change, but there might be a disconnect in that they are saying something – yet the work to do it, doesn’t match. It is like me saying, “yeah, I did 30 reps of arm curls…. I took some potato chips out of a bag and raised them to my mouth. What do you mean that is not exercise or movement?”
So, my question today is about aging and the world of robot companions. I just asked an elderly man if he had a companion to talk to him, listen to him, and be with him – would he like it?
Yet, anytime any human comes near his physical space, he gets up and goes wherever they are and sit right near them. It is a bit like how ADHD patients tend to not seem to know barriers or limits. They can just stand there in your face and be oblivious to why it isn’t deemed really normal. It is like the brain is saying one thign and the body is doing another thing. interesting.
My personal take on all this is from my own life where I am trying with all my might to learn a new set of skills, but it is designed for communication with your wife, girlfriend, spouse, etc. it is hard to learn this alone, so I asked about a robot practice bot to the creators of the online course. I find the idea creepy, yet, I also go, “with the feedback loops…we can actually simulate the other person fairly well, and then allow their information to act/react in a way that one can practice overcoming and learning new skills, even if the person is not there.” It is a decent use for technology to solve a problem.
The creep side of future technologies is already out of the gate. I remembered in 1994, I had just gotten off the road and was shopping my ex-wife before a movie, and I hear George’s voice bellowing across the store, “hey mark, you are smart, can you build me a virtual blowjob machine?”
I think that was the first time I even thought about it, “yes, I can. No, I don’t think it would be a good idea for humanity, but if you did, you would be wealthy.” (George had an idea for a sex product that I gave to another engineering firm that had 37 articulated parts, I have never heard of anyone owning, yet he sold millions of units)
Wow, look at me digress…so the moral of the story is all this techno, and the use of elderly and aging tools is a beautiful thing. Why am I getting a bit more depressed? It is because I just realized humans will probably get more selfish and the reality is the machines will probably create another layer of disconnect between people spending time with people or even time alone with themselves – and get honest with themselves.
Pray this thought does not come true. That would really be a sad trend for humanity.