Automated Robots in California

Planning on living in Redwood City, California?  Probably not… but, the city will soon have some pretty peculiar visitors – automated robots! Starship Technologies is partnering with DoorDash and Postmates to introduce a delivery system that does not require the use of humans. However, don’t worry if you have any reservations about self-regulating robots; these delivery systems are still quite limited.  Currently, the robots will have someone supervising each delivery, and all deliveries will be within a one mile radius.  

Starship Technologies is partnering with DoorDash and Postmates to introduce a delivery system that does not require the use of humans.”

Although the robot might seem redundant since a person is also making the trip, the supervisor is primarily there to make the community more comfortable.  Since residents would be surprised by a random robot casually rolling down the street, the person’s job accompanying the robot is to answer any questions.  The company’s spokesman, Henry Harris-Burland, believes that robots traveling on the ground will also help alleviate the citizens’ concerns associated with using a drone delivery system, like Amazon’s, since when robots are grounded, there is no opportunity for them to “fall out of the sky.”

Still not comfortable with the idea of robots becoming fully functional?  Well, neither is Europe as lawmakers there have proposed an obligatory “kill switch.”  Think this sounds like something straight out of science fiction?  Well it is.  The proposal also includes a section about the “law of robotics,” which was created by Isaac Asimov, a science fiction writer.  These rules include that the robots can not kill or hurt humans and must be able to follow orders.  This proposal goes on to state that robots are different from humans, and humans should be aware of this fact and never develop feelings for the robots.  Although the proposal states robots are different from humans, it discusses granting rights to robots and possibly making owners pay taxes for their robots.  

This proposal goes on to state that robots are different from humans, and humans should be aware of this fact and never develop feelings for the robots.”

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