“Robot” is a typically 20th-century term, first used by the Czech writer Karel Capek in his play. Since the first use of the term, it has been vastly in use in technology, human life, and progress that the world has made in scientific aspects. In simple elaboration of the term, it refers to a machine that is programmed by the computer and one who is capable of carrying out either simple or complex chain of action. Their programming may be systematized externally or internally.
The epiphany moment – is the robot a slave or a master?
With the first evolution of the robots, it has undergone and, not to mention, is still undergoing terrific and massive changes which often astounds the everyday human race, especially those who are not aware of it. From a commoner’s point of view, it can be noted without digging much into the intricacies that a robot is in dubiously a slave since it has been made, modified and if needed can also be destroyed by the humans. As a further justification of the previous sentence, it can be added that a robot is designed, developed and programmed – all by a human. It is one of the most innovative and useful products that man has invented with his intellect. However, the very emergence of the query into our minds sows the seed of doubt and research about this topic.
Robots versus Man
Once upon a time, a thousand laborers, intellectuals, researchers, programmers used to unite for the perfect and flawless compilation of a single robot. But that day has long been over. With the popularity of robots and the embedded artificial intelligence attached to their programming, it is quite obvious that many companies now prefer for a one time investment at buying a robot than hiring a comparatively larger number of employees, teaching them the system, waiting for them to cope up with and then finally join the mainstream job as robots come in handy with all that great intelligence and dexterity. Therefore, now a robot raises the competition between the creator and his creation. The once source of employment of many has now been turned into the unemployment reason as well.
Slave-master relationship between the two
The methods in which robots are used can either solve several issues of ours or create new ones, depending on how we, the humans, decide upon utilizing them. There are times when the robots are designed as humans and we get emotionally attached to them, or perhaps to put it more correctly, overly emotionally attached to non-living objects and that might call for our nemesis. A period would not be very far away when they would govern us rather than the other way around. The master would become the victim in the hands of the slave in no time.
A possible conclusion
As for the practical understanding of the term “slave” or “slavery” – the robots were created for the purpose of human benefit. If not a slave in the truest sense of the term, but they were never meant to be the masters and never should be allowed to be one.