MOD.Cast: Robotic relationships

Posted 12 May

MOD. at UniSA

In pop culture, we see robots turning against humans and seeking extermination, robots coming back from the future to save humankind, and robots helping to defeat the Death Star. But it won’t be long until the robots are ready to work alongside us.

There are concerns and excitement about the technological advances. People worry about the jobs that robots may take from us, but many experts believe that robots will more likely be companions.

“I don’t have anything against robots doing things for us that we don’t want to do ourselves.”

Simon Loffler, Digital Exhibitions Manager at MOD., thinks that the jobs robots will actually take from us will likely just give us more time for other tasks, we’d be working together rather than being replaced. And he’s not wrong, this is generally a widespread opinion.

Robots are already all around us, just not how we imagined them. There’s Siri, there’s our GPS systems, what about automatic coffee machines?

Anthony Elliott, the Dean of External Engagement at UniSA, is somewhat more cautious in his approach, “we’re going into terrain that’s so different to that of our parents and our parents’ parents, and there’s no way of knowing [what will happen].”

We might just be at the beginning of this technological transformation, but there’s a long way to go. It’s going to have big consequences, and it’s going to change our lives. But for now, you can visit MOD. to prepare.


MOD.Cast Season 1 was developed by University of South Australia journalism students Chloe Byrne, Brad Irvine-Thomas and Morgan Burley and supported by Dr Heather Anderson, Journalist and UniSA Media Scholar, along with Research Marketing Coordinator, Elke Kleinig.

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