Is mindfulness that turns people into robots

Will robots soon rule the world?

Robots should make our everyday lives easier and do unpleasant tasks for us. We have long gone beyond the vacuum cleaner robot - have humans already gone too far and artificial intelligence will soon take control?

A topic in films for a long time: Once created by humans, artificial intelligence now controls the world. No matter if Neo in "Matrix" or Sarah Connor in "Terminator", all heroes of these films fight against the obviously evil and out of control technology. Fiction, most viewers think, put the leftover popcorn aside after an exciting 120 minutes and turn to reality again: While the vacuum cleaner is cleaning the apartment autonomously, you could read a little newspaper - but the article was still written by a person written?

Sure, always happy. We are happy to let others take care of annoying work such as vacuuming, cleaning windows or mowing the lawn. Very few have the budget for service personnel, but a robotic lawnmower is available for around 400 euros - including a five-year guarantee. No gardener can keep up with that. Without thinking too much about it, we hand over unpleasant tasks to devices made of sheet metal and wire. The consequence of this is not just a freshly mown lawn.

Do robots steal our jobs?

Robots can now not only clean, they can also extinguish fires, wash hair or serve as a waitress. Will we have to fear for our jobs in the next few years? Studies show that around every ninth job in Austria could be performed by a robot in the next 20 years. The situation is different in Germany: in 2030, every fourth person could lose his or her job.

Will robots soon influence our thinking?
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Anyone who thinks that robots can only be used for simple, repetitive tasks, is seriously mistaken. More and more news agencies are relying on artificial employees who create simple sports or financial reports. The system receives the information, puts it together according to a specific algorithm and minutes later the message is online. There is no need to discuss linguistic finesse here, the style is at elementary school level, but the relevant information is included and accessible to everyone. Proponents see this as a great opportunity because journalists finally have time to take care of more important things such as in-depth research.

Do robots take over our thinking?

So is there no danger from this writing artificial intelligence? It's not that simple: a computer used special algorithms to write the novel "True Love" - ​​the robot brain wrote 320 pages in 72 hours. In terms of content, the work is a modification of "Anna Karenina". Perhaps one should rather read the original, but good journalism is important for opinion-forming - what if computers no longer just create short reports, but suddenly publish entire reports and opinions on certain topics? Would a computer really honestly report the dangers of artificial intelligence?

The technical development has many advantages. Much will change, especially when it comes to means of transport, and in the future we will move faster and more environmentally friendly over long distances. Only a few years ago, Google co-founder Larry Page presented his flight project: "Cora" is the name of the flying taxi powered by electric motors. Do we have to look up to call a taxi anytime soon? It will take a while until then, but the direction in which developments will go is clear.

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4. Hypersonic airplane Now it's getting really fast: With a hypersonic airplane you could fly from Europe to Australia in 90 minutes. So you could live in Austria and commute to work in Sydney every day. By the time development is complete, however, you could already be retired ...

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5. Hyperloop Ab through the tube: A magnetic levitation train that is shot through a tube with negative pressure could be the future. We still know the concept from pneumatic post, but thanks to Hyperloops we humans could travel from Paris to Berlin at 1200 kilometers an hour in one hour.

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6. Jetpacks Aiming high with jetpacks: This scenario is already a reality. It's not exactly a mini backpack that you can quickly strap on after work and fly home, but firefighters in Dubai are already using jetpacks to better extinguish fires.

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7. Solar bikes Have you ever been overtaken by an e-bike? If you want to cycle elegantly through the area at high speed, but don't want to suddenly find yourself with an empty battery, you can look forward to solar-powered bicycles.

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8. Transit Elevated Bus A high bus on rails - that's how you could describe the TEB. Just like a normal tram, it would regularly participate in road traffic. The highlight here? Cars could easily pass under the bus.

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9. Robot taxis Will we use self-driving, emission-free cars to move through the city in the future? This scenario is quite realistic, and no new infrastructure would have to be built, the robot taxis could simply use the existing roads. Goodbye to the search for a parking space!

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As a layperson, one is sometimes overwhelmed: Is this development now to be welcomed or is it ultimately harming itself? Are we making ourselves completely dependent on the machines and destroying jobs, or is it all a great opportunity? The robots do the work and we humans finally have as much free time as we want and can deal with art, culture and philosophy while the kitchen robot makes pancakes - the PR2 robot from the University of Bremen is already doing that well.

Experts do not always agree on the chances and dangers of this development. Some believe that there is no danger as long as we humans question what machines do. But these scientists also admit that robots can pursue certain goals - what if these no longer correspond to ours?

Future visionary Elon Musk, head of Tesla and the space company Space X, warned against too much artificial intelligence. He even described them as more dangerous than nuclear weapons. Do you think that's exaggerated? Musk's example gives food for thought: within a few hours, the computer learned to play chess through artificial intelligence and is invincible. This illustrates how technology becomes independent and man loses control over it. Elon Musk's conclusion on the subject of artificial intelligence: "It scares me."