Sunday, July 3, 2016

Week 2: Robotics+Art

Walter Benjamin was analyzing how mechanical reproduction destroys or puts an end to uniqueness, authenticity, or aura. I completely agree with this statement. With the introduction of industrialization to America came mechanization and different technologies. For example, "in a study by Getty Images ' iStock with KRC Research called "Free the Creative, 63 percent of workers in the creative industry said they simply do not have the time to think about or reflect on original ideas" (Cummings). Cummings continues by stating "while some technology could be and is used for creative purposes, some just remains a distraction" (Cummings). From this article, it seems that technology serves as an obstacle to creativity or uniqueness as Benjamin puts it, by distracting people from coming up with original ideas.

Society has reacted in a variety of ways to the introduction of industrialization.

Firstly, society views industrialization as a form of entertainment. In the Disney film Big Hero 6, there is a scene in which two robots fight with each other. Although our technology has not advanced to the point where we fight with robots for our enjoyment. The scene in the movie depicts an ideal future that many people in society may be expecting sooner or later.

Secondly, many people have taken full advantage of industrialization especially in terms of factory owners. In one particular city in China, "a technology company has set up a factory run almost exclusively by robots" (Forrest). The company claims that "the robots have produced almost three times as many pieces as were produced before" (Forrest). In this example we can examine that industrialization has led to robots replacing the workforce. This is just one of many ways that people use technology for benefits.

Lastly, there are those who fear that industrialization may lead to our demise. A man named Stephen Hawking, a physicist and cosmologist, claims that "the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race" (Gaudin). Hawking is just one of many people who believe that human beings may be eliminated with the advancement of technology. It is interesting to think that robots can and may have a mind of their own as technology advances.

Overall, industrialization is seen as both a blessing and a curse. In many ways industrialization has led to more productive lives and in other ways it may lead to both our mental and physical destruction.

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1 comment:

  1. Interesting post, Joshua! I like how you describe industrialization as both a blessing and a curse. It is too late to prevent the quick growth and advancement of robotics. What do you mean by industrialization could cause our physical destruction?