CES 2019 | Robots That Replace Human Coolies

- Mar 07, 2019-

What is the most lacking in Las Vegas? People and money. The splendid casino halls, the various cocktail parties, the dealers and the waiters shuttle, and the nobles and wealthy stars spend a lot of money and hormones.


These two days of Las Vegas have become one of the most exposed places in the global media, not because of the casino, but because of the arrival of CES, technology experts and media reporters from all over the world flocked to worship the new one. Year's technology feast.


With the debut of CES in 2007, after more than a decade of development, CES has become the best showcase for the technology and automotive industry, especially in the era of smart cars, automation, intelligence and networking. Let CES shine.


Both automotive companies and technology companies are demonstrating the latest advances in software and hardware in their automation (automated driving), intelligent (smart cockpit) and networking, all of which are aimed at liberating humans and delighting humans. The theme of CES 2019 should be: Goodbye human coolies, welcome to the world of robots.


The most suitable for this theme is naturally the application of autonomous driving technology, and the emergence of various types of robots. The most shocking possibility is the last mile logistics plan of Continental's Cascading Robots, and the Model S that opens the Autopilot state. Killing a robot, may open the era of robotic accidents, how should humans deal with it?


01 Goodbye human coolies


People, living in this society, need to pay to get the resources to survive. Human beings pay mainly for physical and mental labor in order to obtain resources for social survival. With the development of society, the number of manual workers is declining, and the number of mental workers is constantly improving. As for the other aspects of the effort, here is not discussed.


In the era of smart cars, the core technology lies in the process of automation, because only the era of automatic driving can truly liberate human beings from the position of the driver, and then everything that delights human beings will happen. The rigid demand for autonomous driving technology has always existed, instead of the January 7th Ali Kazuo Zhang Chunhui said that the autonomous driving of passenger cars is a pseudo-demand.


In addition to the rigid demand for passenger car autopilot, more places where human driving machines need to create value, all need autopilot technology, including commercial vehicles, port cars, mine cars, express cars, etc., all of which require automatic driving. Or there is a need to combine the technology of a humanoid robot.


Among them, the most shocking is the robot dog courier program displayed by Continental, which is a total solution for autonomous vehicles + robot dogs. The Continental Group named it Cascading Robots, which is responsible for autonomous vehicles. Transportation and robot dogs are responsible for door-to-door delivery. This means that the human-machine coupling in the logistics basin will also become history.


CES 2019's progress in autonomous driving, we have seen a large number of car companies, suppliers, technology companies and startups, showing autopilot technology and related progress, according to incomplete statistics, including 11 car companies, 24 suppliers Businesses, global technology giants and autopilot head companies, etc., have been exhibited at CES.


Simply driving this manual labor seems to be replaced by robots faster, and the service behavior related to driving behavior seems to require human-machine coupling to solve. Specifically, the position of the human driver is facing a big challenge, and the position of the courier may be upgraded, but the Continental Group's plan vetoes the human-machine coupling solution.


Although autonomous driving technology is still a long way from commercialization of passenger cars and commercial vehicles, it is because technology, roads, regulations and social systems are not yet ready for new technologies. However, the road ahead is bright and the road is tortuous. This means that human beings continue to advance on the path of liberating the manual workers and can see the future.


The days when humans say goodbye to manual labor may not be far away.

02 The world of robotic accidents


With the increase in robot drivers and robotics, society has come to a world where humans and machines coexist. If the Uber autopilot test car fatal accident in March 2018 is an accident between robots and humans, then the accident on the night of Las Vegas on the 6th is the world of robot accidents.


The process of the accident is like this, a Tesla Model S with Autopilot enabled, a paradise road in Las Vegas (yes, the road name is called this), and a Russian robot company Promobot a robot walking on the road. Hit it.


According to the driver description of Model S, he thought that the Model S that started Autopilot was able to circumvent the robot, but did not expect to hit the face directly. The accident caused the robot's body, head, arm structure and motion platform to be severely damaged and may not be compensated. That is to say, the Model S in the autonomous driving state "killed" a robot.


Promobot's OlegKivokurtsev said that there will be internal adjustments, hoping to find the reason for the robot to leave the route, but the robot that moved from Philadelphia can't participate in CES, but probably because of this accident, the robot company will be wider. Get attention.


The accident at this point in time, whether intentional or coincidental, means that the world has entered the world of robots and entered a world where robots may harm each other. As humans who create robots, they must be prepared to meet the robot world. .


Here we have to mention the "three principles of robotics" proposed by science fiction writer Asimov in 1940:


Article 1: Robots must not harm humans, or see human beings being hurt and stand by;


Article 2: The robot must obey the command of humanity unless this order contradicts the first article;


Article 3: Robots must protect themselves unless such protection contradicts the above two.


The world has entered an irreversible development channel, there will be more and more robots, and the trend of replacing the positions of manual workers with machines is irreversible. Communication between various robots, getting along, and robots and human beings , all need new rules to appear.


We hope that the future world is: human beings say goodbye to physical labor, more engaged in mental work or pleasure work, and humans and robots, robots and robots need to peacefully coexist, communicate with each other, develop each other, and avoid robots controlling humans. The situation happened.