The Best Robots Will be Heard but not Seen

The post-modern world is strictly about information and the most efficient way to consume it.  This applies to the robotics industry, too.

The digital levee has broken and consumers are drowning in a sea of unintelligible data. Blame online publishers for unfiltered information distribution; blame mobile devices for unhindered internet access.

Either way, consumers need an azimuth for today’s socioeconomic terrain. Virtual reality is permeating physical reality at an unregulated rate and causing some confusion.

Perhaps this explains the omnipresent communications trend — streaming performances for detached audiences while simultaneously voice-chatting with collaborators and text-chatting with support services, etc. The mentality, “the more data links, the better” is manifesting in routine affairs.

The mainstreaming of computer-mediated conversation suggests that humans are prepared to interact in a wholly artificial way.

Codified cues like emoticons are utilized to express psycho-emotional responses on social media. Corporate algorithms attribute online activity to users and calculate their personality traits. It’s never been easier to engage humanity virtually.

It’s clear that consumers want to aggregate their online networks into a single source of information from which tailored insights can be gleaned.

But today’s tech-infused landscape is complex and vast. A growing number of areas require specialized data for access; dispensable collectors are needed to negotiate those cyber-physical domains. Disparate robot actors can interlink and cultivate new information in the same way social media platforms networked new data points a decade ago.

Though, “expeditionary robots” sounds intimidating. It’s paramount that humans perceive robots as happy, data-collecting warriors that explore life’s nooks and crannies for usable information.

For example, robot networks might collect data in support of safe travel; rodent eradication; private investigations; or agriculture.

The last thing consumers want are more clunky machines that take up space and require maintenance — in the transhumanist era, intelligent decision-making is priority.

It makes no difference whether actionable information is hand-delivered by carrier pigeon or absorbed in clairsentient fashion. Life is about the pursuit of happiness, and consumers will befriend anyone — or anything — that enables their attainment of quality experiences. #humies

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