Scaremongers play on the idea that robots will simply replace people on the job. In fact, they can become our essential collaborators, freeing us up to spend time on less mundane and mechanical challenges. MIT professor Rodney Brooks points out how valuable this could be as the number of working-age adults drops and the number of retirees swells.
Check out his Ted Talk where he introduces us to Baxter, the robot with eyes that move and arms that react to touch, which could work alongside an aging population — and learn to help them at home, too.
Rodney Brooks studies and engineers robot intelligence, looking for the holy grail of robotics: the AGI, or artificial general intelligence. He builds robots based on biological principles of movement and reasoning. The goal: a robot who can figure things out.
TED Talk: Why we will rely on robots