This month’s edition of PD&D covers robotics in many different applica- tions (see page 14, 20, 22, and 26). It
also happens to be my first month as the
lead editor, so you may have noticed that
David is missing from his traditional spot.
This is either because he is now the new
editorial director and has relegated the At
Issue to me, or (more likely) because he
broke his arm in a freak dodgeball accident
and is incapable of typing.
The injury is severe enough that David
may need a robot (or at least a bionic arm)
to help him do the job in the future, and
I'm sad to say that robotic editors already
exist, but let’s never speak of such technology again. Still, I remain hesitant in accepting too much help from the machines.
This month’s Brainstorm question (page
20) asks: How will the continuous and
future integration of robots in manufacturing change the way we
design and create? What I
want to know now is how
the integration of robots
into our everyday lives
will forever change the
way we live.
Many people have
expressed concerns about
robots taking our jobs, and
it has been a topic that has
garnered heated conversation in
the comments sections on pdd-net.com. Yet, I find greater issues at
(mechanical) hand when it comes to
integrating robots into our lives.
Daniel Theobald, Vecna Co-Founder
and CEO, explains (see page 22) that
robots are now able to navigate a facility
more like a human and less like a machine.
But will robotics make us more machine
and less human?
Cellphones have already removed us
from many situations that used to hap-
pen face-to-face, and we have become so
dependent on the technology that cell-
phone addiction is “an increasingly realis-
tic possibility,” according to a recent Baylor
Now take this a step further and imagine
our impending dependence on robots. It
may seem like a nice idea to have them
helping out with the cooking or cleaning,
but when we have them taking care of our
children and elders, we sever intimate connections that may be irreparable.
So while I clearly have an affinity for
robotics, I do not want or need them in
What are your thoughts?
Do you want more robots in your life?
Email me at Melissa.Fassbender@
P.S. David may return next month,
pending amputation, probably via robot.
Not in MY House
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