Since we’re apparently in the middle of the apocalypse now we should probably be keeping an eye on all of the potential disasters awaiting us in the dystopian future we’re currently entering. One of these concerns is the inevitable robot revolution that will arrive when the fancy AI programs they’re working on to track virus mutations wake up and determine that humans are probably too frail and stupid to bother saving. Some worrying signs are already showing up in the midst of the pandemic, with some automation specialists suggesting that robots could soon replace medical professionals in handling the coronavirus caseload. (Daily Mail)
Robots could be trained to disinfect surfaces, take temperatures, collecting swabs and provide social support for quarantined patients to help combat coronavirus.
The ‘dull, dirty and dangerous jobs’ could be automated, but we would need to add many new functionalities to machines first, roboticists argued in a journal editorial.
Many of these necessary capabilities, however, are neither being funded or developed at present, the experts cautioned.
There’s a pleasant thought for you. You show up at the local walk-in clinic, fearing that you may have come down with COVID-19 and you’re greeted at the check-in window by a robot asking to scan your ID and have you give a brief description of your medical complaint. After being summoned to an examination room, a robotic arm takes your temperature with a scanner and pumps up a blood pressure cuff you put on your arm. It then attempts to stick a cotton swab in your mouth for a testing sample.