TEST I. LATEST ROBOTIC INVENTIONS.
NURSE ROBOT: RIBA II
The population of the land of the rising sun is steadily aging and according to statistics by 2015 approximately 5.69 million people will need nursing care.
Today, in order to bring an elderly patient from bed to a wheelchair, a caretaker has to lift him or her. This act is carried out on average 40 times per day, which is why a team of researchers from RIKEN decided to do something to help caregivers.
They came up with a robot called RIBA II (Robot for Interactive Body Assistance) that can easily lift patients to bring them from bed to wheelchair and vice-versa.
The machine features joints found in its base and lower back that helps RIBA II to crouch and pick up a patient that lies on a floor-level Japanese futon (a rather common way of sleeping in Japan).
In order to avoid crushing one of its charges, the robot has been equipped with rubber tactile sensors. The latter can sense one’s weight simply from touch.
The robot is expected to go on sale in 2015, wearing a price tag of about $78,000.
TEST II. CONCERNS ABOUT THE INCREASE USE OF ROBOTS AND THEIR ROLE IN THE SOCIETY.
Robots can make our life more easier than before and every people who live in the real world can feel more convenient functions which robots can bring to us. Some people think that robots are very important for human’s future development. But as an IT student the main concern about the increasing usage of robots is affecting our society in many ways. In my opinion, the biggest issue with using robots is the huge loss of jobs for people. Basically, robots have eradicated a wide range of middle class jobs in several industries, such as car manufacturing. Robots are very good at doing perfectly defined jobs, however robots typically do not handle the unexpected as well as people do. Robots can be extremely dangerous. Whether robots are malfunctioning or designed for warfare, robots can be very hazardous to people. In conclusion, I think that although robots are important invention for human’s future development, their negative effects on society should not be ignored. Of course, not all robots are dangerous, I suggest that scientists should pay attention to a lot of reasonable use of robots and government should cooperate with companies to improve the employment rate.
-Geraldine Kaye Medrocillo