Week 8 Response|Computing Limitation

In response to this week’s topic about computing, I decided to reason why robots and machine can never reach the level of becoming human. Despite its “integration and enfoldment into the domain of things that are human”, in my opinion, computing robots still have a long way to go in this integration process.

1. Robots’ thoughts are fixated, unlike human’s.

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Even in dangerous situation, Baymax (the white robot above) cannot detect any danger and thus is still slow from escaping, since Tadashi(his inventor) did not program him into considering what to do in a dangerous situation.

The hard drive inside Baymax’s body must be running an infinite loop.

2. The way in which robots are programmed is very limited.

3. There is only so much space in a hard drive that is nothing comparable to the capacity of human brain.

Our brain is like a sponge. Unlike this robot right here:

Lastly, robots have no (or at least limited) emotion, humans do.

To conclude, human brain is a much more complex system that cannot be programmed easily into robots. From a programmer’s perspective, there are just too much psychological aspects to consider in designing a complete human like robot. Although computing is “deeply enfolded into the nature of being” by definition, computers are limited through those reasons listed above. Compare with how nature works, in this example humans, computers are just not as flexible. There are similarities of course, in the way where both computers and nature function to come up with certain reactions. However, the reaction is what makes nature distinguishable from the computers. In this case, robots are unable to integrate into nature as they are unable to imitate emotion, a reaction coming from human nature.

-Kammy Yuan

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