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Weekly Telegram 21 - Robots - Robotics is Our Future

In this week's Weekly Telegram, Will Roberts gives us his take on how advances in technology are changing everything, except one thing.

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Show 1205: Weekly Telegram 21 - Robots - Robotics is Our Future

Air date: January 29, 2012

 

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ROB MCCLENDON:  WELL, IN THIS WEEK’S WEEKLY TELEGRAM WILL ROBERTS IS HERE WITH HIS TAKE ON HOW ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY ARE CHANGING EVERYTHING, EXCEPT ONE THING; HERE’S WILL.

WILL ROBERTS:  NOW WHEN I WAS A KID I REMEMBER GOING TO THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY; IT WAS A HUGE MUSEUM IN MY OWN HOMETOWN.  AND NOW, THE THING I REMEMBER THE MOST WAS AN EXHIBIT THEY HAD WITH A BOOTH, AND YOU’D SIT IN THE BOTH AND YOUR FRIEND WOULD SIT IN THE OTHER BOOTH, AND THEY’D HAVE A BLACK AND WHITE MONITOR; THAT TELLS YOU HOW OLD I AM.

[SOUND EFFECT]

ANYWAY; AND THEN THEY’D HAVE A PHONE RECIEVER WITH A WIRE.

MALE VOICE:  HELLO, ANYBODY THERE?

WILL:  AND YOU COULD TALK TO YOUR FRIEND IN THE OTHER BOTH AND YOU COULD SEE HIM, IMAGINE THAT.

MALE VOICE:  GEE, I KNOW BOB, IT’S NEW FANGLED.

WILL:  THEN THIS VOICE WOULD COME ON AND SAY,

MALE VOICE:  IN THE NEXT 50 YEARS THIS WILL HAPPEN.

WILL:  AND LOW AND BEHOLD, LOOK; HERE WE ARE, QUICKER THAN WE THOUGHT.  SO WE WENT FROM A TELEPHONE TO AN I-PHONE; SMALLER [LAUGH] AND THE WORD’S SMALLER.

SO NOW WE’RE ABLE TO SAY HELLO TO OUR FAMILY MEMBERS OR OUR FRIENDS ON OUR VIDEO.  HI MOM, YEAH, I KNOW, I KNOW, PACK CLEAN UNDERWEAR, YEAH I GOT IT.

ANYWAY, WE’RE SO ADVANCED NOWADAYS THAT WE HAVE ROBOTS THAT CAN DO SOME OF OUR EASY TASKS THAT WE DON’T WANT TO DO, LIKE UH, THEY BUILD OUR CARS OR THEY VACUUM OUR HOMES.  I SAW AN ARTICLE THAT SAID THAT, WELL, ROBOTS ARE MARRING PEOPLE IN JAPAN.

MALE VOICE:  DOES NOT COMPUTE.

WILL:  IF ROBOTS ARE BEING USED TO CUT COST AND BEING USED BECAUSE OF THEIR INTELLIGENCE, WELL, MAYBE WE CAN PUT A FEW OF THEM IN THIS BUILDING.

[CROWD AT CONGRESS BUILDING]

IF WE DON'T LIKE ‘EM, WE UNPLUG ‘EM; IF THEY FIGHT, [LAUGH] AND THEY FIGHT A LOT, WELL, WE SELL TICKETS TO IT.  MAYBE MAKE SOME OF OUR MONEY BACK.

[ALARM SOUND]

OH, FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT THINK ROBOTS ARE GONNA TAKE OVER THE WORLD, WELL I HAVE NEWS FOR YA, THERE'S ONE JOB THAT THEY’LL NEVER BE ABLE TO REPLACE.

[KIDS CHEERING]

I’M WILL ROBERTS, AND THIS IS YOUR WEEKLY TELEGRAM.

ROB:  AND YOU CAN SEE MORE OF WILL’S TAKE ON THE WORLD ONLINE, JUST HEAD TO OKHORIZON DOT COM WHERE WE HAVE A LINK TO HIS WEBSITE, UNDER THIS WEEK’S STORY.