Even though robots are a highly controversial issue, I believe they can bring more good than bad to the world, and I support their advancement and development. ASIMO, a robot made by the Japanese company Honda, has many abilities that resemble a human’s. Its name is an acronym for “Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility.” It is 130 cm tall, weighs 48 kg, walks at a speed of 2.7 km/h, and runs at 9 km/h. It can walk with perfect freedom, go up and down stairs, turn, and dance and so on (Honda).
As you can see in the attached YouTube video, ASIMO can carry a tray with food or beverages, and charge its battery by itself. As shown in the picture below, ASIMO can also push a wagon and cultivate land with a farming tractor. As evidence has shown, ASIMO is capable of doing repetitious, easy, and mundane tasks all by himself, with the help of programming and instructions. In addition, because ASIMO’s brain is a computer, it has the ability to remember much more information than a human; for instance, ASIMO can speak in multiple languages. Today ASIMO can do 1 hour of work equivalent to 1.5 hours of battery charging (Honda), but it’s ability to charge it’s battery by itself could also be seen as a form of work, which would mean ASIMO can be continuously productive on his own. Humans must take rests, but robots do not require rest (except charging their batteries) giving them the ability to work 24/7, which can save us (humans) a lot of time and, with that saved time, we can continue our technological advancement. With ASIMO’s abilities, it’s possible that robots could take care of old and young people in the future, or even work in hospitals, saving doctors precious time, by doing the more mundane tasks. I believe there is so much that robots could help us with, which would lend us more time to focus on more important tasks.
The strongest advantage of robots is that they can work at dangerous sites. When Fukushima Nuclear Power plants exploded (due to 2011 tsunami), they leaked a large amount of radioactive substance into the surrounding area. Though it was necessary to stop the flow of radioactive substance, it could not be stopped, because humans would instantly be killed. This is a great example of a situation that robots could help us in.