The world we live in is has been exponentially growing industrially and technologically ever since the great Industrial Revolutions throughout history. Although we may not be developing technology as fast as we predicted in past estimates, scientists and engineers are designing some amazing concepts.
A particular technological marvel of 2017 that interests me is the concept of flying cars. Having flying cars become baseline would mean less crowded city roads, and faster personal travel, but also could be the cause of more serious and deadly accidents. However, it is my opinion that the benefits would outweigh the risks. Accidents could be prevented as soon as a “driving education” course of sorts was created. Individuals would take this course as a segment of their basic drivers ed. It is likely that the most effective way to learn how to fly one of these flying cars would be a simulator. Overall, the invention and implementation of a personal vehicle that can drive in the air, above the ground traffic, is an incredibly large and complicated task to take on. The transportation service, Uber, just hired an Ex-NASA engineer and plans to have a flying car prototype by the end of 2017. Here are some examples of how a flying car might look on the present day.
On the contrary, a concept of technology that I am against is the development of human-like robots with artificial, human-like intelligence and emotions. As we see today, robotic devices such as Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa are prevalent in the pockets and homes of many Americans. As engineers develop life-like robots, and programming them to have dynamic minds and emotions, that spells out a great danger for the world we live in. It’s my opinion that having robots in our homes and communities as “helpers” could greatly threaten our safety and well-being. All man-made machines can malfunction, including robots. If somehow the programming and artificial intelligence of these future machines went haywire, it could very easily lead to one of these mechanical humans becoming dangerous and hostile. Robots becoming hostile would be bad, because they could very well overpower any human most likely. There is also development of technology that would allow robots to climb up walls. If you don’t believe me, watch the movie Irobot, with Will Smith. As cool as having a robot friend would be, I don’t think I will ever trust a robot, even if they are eventually widely accepted as fellow humans with rights and privilege sometime in the future. I’ll never give a robot its rights in my lifetime. Watch this video of a primitive robot and see for yourself whether or not they could become dangerous in the future.