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Hello. We’re ordinary folk here at Robot Aficionado, and so we take a common sense approach to looking at the exciting technology of Artificial Intelligence. Robots. How exciting is it that technology today has caught up with all that science fiction we’ve been reading for so long?


Robots have been a staple in our society for a long time now. Since the third century BC, and maybe earlier, actually. One of the earliest descriptions was found in the Lie Zi text, on a much earlier encounter between King Mu of Zhou (1023–957 BC) and a mechanical engineer known as Yan Shi. He was called an 'artificer'. He allegedly presented the king with a mechanical,  life-size, human-shaped figure which he made.

Descriptions of more than 100 machines were found in writings by Ctesibius, Philo of Byzantium, Heron of Alexandria, and others in the first century AD. Heron of Alexandria wrote a book titled ‘Pneumatica and Automata’, in which he described a fire engine, a wind organ, a coin-operated machine, and a steam-powered engine. In 420 B.C.E, Archytas of Tarentum wrote about a wooden, steam propelled bird, which was able to fly. He called it the ‘Flying pigeon’. The list could go on, from a programmable band in 1206, to an automated peacock, to a mechanical knight in 1495, to the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci. There was even a mechanical duck, invented by Jacques de Vaucanson in 1738, that could eat, flap its wings and excrete. Imagine that. And Nikola Tesla put forth the first radio-controlled vessel in 1898. We have a long history of robotics.

The word robot comes from the Slavic word robota, which means labor. The word robotics, then, was derived from the word robot. The word robotics was first introduced in a play written by the Czech writer Karel Capek, called RUR, which is Rossum’s Universal Robots. It was published in 1920. The play is about a factory that made human looking robots. But according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word robotics was first used in print by Isaac Asimov in his science fiction short story ‘Liar!’, which was published in 1941, May issue of Astounding Science Fiction. In 1942, he created the three laws of robotics, which are still in use today. They are:
1. Robots must never harm human beings.
2. Robots must follow instructions from humans without violating rule 1.
3. Robots must protect themselves without violating the other rules.
In 1948, Norbert Wiener formulated the principles of cybernetics, the basis of practical robotics.

Commercial and industrial robots are all over the place today. They can perform jobs more cheaply, more accurately and more reliably, than humans. They’re used in jobs which are too dirty, dangerous, or dull for humans. Robots are used in manufacturing, assembly, packing and packaging, mining, transport, earth and space exploration, surgery, weaponry, laboratory research, safety, and the mass production of consumer and industrial goods. Just to name a few.


As we go along, we'll have more articles for you to browse through for more information on the progress of the robot industry.  We'll take a look at robots for kids. Sex robots, for sure. Those for sale, in space, and in the military. You name it. We'll even discuss sometime about whether or not those buggers are taking over. Who knows?


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Can Police Use Drones?

Your child is missing

(As per the Polly Klaas Foundation) http://www.pollyklaas.org/about/national-child-kidnapping.html
Nearly 90% of missing children have simply misunderstood directions or miscommunicated their plans, are lost, or have run away.
9% are kidnapped by a family member in a custody dispute.
3% are abducted by non-family members, usually during the commission of a crime such as robbery or sexual assault. The kidnapper is often someone the child knows.
Only about 100 children (a fraction of 1%) are kidnapped each year in the stereotypical stranger abductions you hear about in the news.
About half of these 100 children come home.

(Information from APM Reports)
https://www.apmreports.org/story/2016/10/04/child-kidnappings-that-captured-our-attention
Steven Stayner
December 1972 | Merced, Calif. | 7 years old
Steven was abducted on his way home from school by a man named Ervin Murphy, who claimed to be a minister, and was taken to the convicted child molester, Kenneth Parnell. Parnell gave Steven the new name of Dennis Parnell and sexually abused him for seven years. Then Kenneth Parnell kidnapped a younger boy named Timothy White. Steven saved Timothy and the two escaped, told the police and their families what happened. Parnell and Murphy were captured, convicted and served time in prison. Steven died in a motorcycle accident in 1989, the same year the movie based on his life was released, "I Know My First Name is Steven."

For several years now, our law enforcement has used drones to help in their crimes investigations. But they have had to deal with some people who are afraid the police might invade their privacy with them. The two links we have above here show how the police use the drones, which is not to abuse anyone’s privacy. But let’s take a look at something for a moment.

Suppose your child is kidnaped. What will you do? The first thing you’ll even think of is getting your child back. To do that, you’ll probably call the police. It’s what most of us naturally think of because that is what we are taught. The police are here to take care of criminals, so we call the police. Now wouldn’t you want the police to use everything at their disposal to find your child? What if the police found out your child is being held in some house or building? And the police have a drone that will help them spot exactly where in the house or building your child is? Wouldn’t you want them to use the drone for that? It will mean poking the drone’s nose into each window to find out that information. 

If the drone finds other people, say in an apartment building, by accident, I’m thinking those people should not get angry over that. Not if the situation is explained to them. I mean, sorry if the drone caught them doing what’s naturally and in their own rights as consenting adults and in their own domicile, but don’t get mad at the police. I know it would be embarrassing, but get mad at the criminals, not the police. It’s the criminals who are responsible for the situation. The police are only trying to correct it. Don’t all of you agree with that? Wouldn’t you, if it was your child?

So far, our government has set it up so that the law enforcement agencies have to get Federal approval to have drones, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of each state has to approve of their use in their own state. This is a good thing so far because each state has their own ideas of how to use drones in accordance to how their own citizens react to them. So far, that is. But criminals don’t abide by laws and so there could be times when each state’s laws of use won’t be enough. We have to consider that. Getting back to the child kidnaping situation could be a good example of that.

Pedophiles, and other criminals, hide their actions in the best places they can think of. What if it’s a place where the police have restrictions of use for their drones, but the drones would be the best way to find them? I’m thinking the best thing all of us can do is start realizing it’s the criminals who have caused these kinds of situations in the first place and stop trying to restrict the police from doing everything they can to stop them. Start getting mad at the criminals, for heaven’s sake. They’re the ones who started this whole situation. If it wasn’t for them, these kinds of things wouldn’t even be in existence. The police are on your side, so let them do their jobs.

The police and their drones.

Eyes in the Sky

Local Police and Drones


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