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Robots are good for society

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Started: 7/28/2014 Category: Technology
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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1st Round = Acceptance.
Pro will argue why robots are good and should be integrated into society.
Con will argue why robots are not good and should not be integrated into society.

Robot Definition (by Google):
"a machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, especially one programmable by a computer"

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I accept. I will start off by saying that robots will soon take away every human joy there (road trips, technological stuff). No, I don't agree.
Debate Round No. 1


Thank you Adam2 for accepting the challenge. I will now start the debate.

Since the dawn of man, humans have always tried to find and create new ways to solve existing problems in order to make their lives a little bit easier. Whether its cars, phones, computers or the Internet, they are all technological advancements that have reshaped our lives in a relatively short period of time. Currently, robotics and automation are the next phase of human technological advancement. As with any technology, the whole purpose of integrating robots into society is to make our lives easier, safer, and better overall.
By nature, humans are lazy creatures as we are always trying to seek pleasure and avoid pain. For instance, who would want to mow the lawn or do the laundry if a robot could do it for you?
Today, because of the exponential growth of computing, robots will soon be capable of performing almost any task we can imagine - tasks that humans don't want to do, don't have to do, or simply cannot do. Currently we are seeing this trend emerge around us such as in the assembly line of cars, ATM machines, self-checkouts in retail stores, and automated voice representatives. In the future, robots would perform all of the dangerous and heavy duty tasks such as building city and residential infrastructure:
, manufacturing, land mining/scavenging resources, deep sea exploration, and space exploration. Robots will also be used in the service sector as well as in personal and home applications. Here's a list of a few things robots will do:
- Deliver goods/packages via autonomous vehicles or drones.
Amazon Prime air:
Pizza Delivery:
- Logistics - Amazon's Kiva Systems:
- Food services:

- Self-driving cars:

Home/Personal Use:
- Fetch/retrieve items:
- Laundry:
- Mow the lawn:
- 3D Printers
The possibilities and the applications of robots are endless.

Here's a list of misconceptions commonly attributed with Robots:

1. Robots will steal our jobs
This is not the robots' fault. This is simply the flaw of our outdated economic system. The very nature of our current monetary economic system is that corporations will always strive to maximize profit. By hiring more robots and less people, in the long run businesses will greatly save a lot of money, while significantly increasing output and productivity.
In the eye of the business owner, robots give more bang for their buck. The cold hard truth is that robots are just simply faster, more accurate/precise, and more efficient at performing tasks than any human being is capable of.
This process is what's called "technological unemployment".
If you don't like the idea of robots taking over our jobs, then you must focus on changing the current economic system, rather than banning robots from society. To stop the integration of robots would be to hinder technological innovation and the progression of the human race.

2. Robots will take away our freedom and fun
Actually, robots would give us more freedom and fun because we would spend less time doing mundane, menial, and repetitive tasks, and more time enjoying the things that we want to do. Although robots would be doing most of the tasks and labor, that is not stopping anyone from doing any of the work themselves. If you love mowing the lawn or washing the dishes, then by all means go for it. Just because there is a robot that can do it for you doesn't mean you are restricted from doing it yourself. Here's an analogy. Think of your car as like a robot. Just because you have a car, that does not stop you from walking to school or work. But most people would rather choose to a drive a car (unless you live across the street) because it exerts much less effort and pain than walking. The key here is that, with robots, you have choices; You can either walk or drive anytime you want. Without robots, you don't have any choice, which in this case you will always have to walk. If you still strongly think that robots will remove the freedom and fun in everything, then the next time you watch tv don't use a remote, always cook your food outside in a fire, never use a GPS when travelling, always send mails physically in the mailbox to communicate instead of using email or a cell phone, and always walk; never use a car. Now doesn't that sound like a lot of fun?

3. Robots will turn us into fat, lazy couch potatoes
Initially it would make sense to assume that people will become lazy and just sit on a couch all day doing nothing since robots would do almost all of the work. However, this is not necessarily all true. Most people have hobbies, a passion or at least something that they love to do. This could be playing a sport, an instrument, drawing, learning a subject, traveling, or just simply hanging out with friends and family. Because of robots, the time that you would have spent working, would now be used to spend time on your hobby, passion, or whatever it is you like to do.
Again as I've mentioned before, humans will still have the choice of doing the tasks themselves if they so please.

4. Robots are not safe
Just like any technology, there are risk and rewards. Machines are not perfect and accidents inevitably happen.
For example, cars are great for transporting people but they can also be dangerous. A lot of people die every day in car accidents, but that doesn't stop people from driving cars. Cars can also be easily used as weapons such as running over people on the sidewalks, yet they're still legal. This is simply because the benefits significantly outweigh the risks. In the future, robots will be engineered to be as intelligent and as safe as possible, They will have all kinds of sensors on board and run a super fast processor that would handle all of the data and calculations.

5. Robots will take over humans
Possibly in the next few of decades, computers could likely reach and surpass the intelligence of the human brain.
This is a threat that deeply worries a lot of people and is a legitimate concern that should be taken very seriously.
We don't want the world to end up like those in the Terminator or IRobot movies. But the good news is that this is totally preventable. Just like with any technology, robots can be made for good or for evil. Just as we can create technology to kill (guns, bombs, missiles, nuclear warheads), we can create technology to improve people's lives (Internet, cars, cell phones, etc). The only way robots could become evil and sabotage us is if we allow them to.
Robots don't just create and program themselves, humans do. Humans are the creators, and we can control and program robots to do bad things, or we can program them to do good things. Today there exist many great technologies that are intentionally misused by certain people for the wrong reasons and motives. Thus, the real concern should not be the robots, but the possibility of robots and technology falling into the wrong hands.
One way to prevent a robot takeover is to give robots only a localized control system instead of a centralized system like Skynet. This will ensure there are checks and balances between each robot. Additionally, robots should not be programmed to be any smarter than what their assigned task requires them to do. Engineers would also design and integrate a fail proof emergency switch in their chips, just in case they do get out of control. Ultimately, robots should always be created to serve humans and never the other way around.


Adam2 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2


Since my opponent forfeited the second round, I presume that he has lost the debate, but I will still continue my arguments in this round.

Today there a lot people who despise the idea of integrating robots and machines into society, yet most of them are using them everyday without hesitation. Many of them probably have a computer, car, cell phone, refrigerator, washing machine, etc. All of these things are machines that we depend on everyday which are designed to carry out a task that we can't do or can't do better ourselves. Robots are just the same thing except smarter; They will be designed to be autonomous as this will allow humans to focus on other things and not always have to constantly monitor the robots. We will be able to command a robot when, where, what, how, and how often to do a certain task. We will be able to tell it when to wake up and when to shut itself off.

Advantage of Robots
They'll do most of the work for us. This includes all the boring, monotonous, dangerous, and/or difficult tasks.
The humans will program the robots. Also humans will do the visualization, designing, and planning of things, and robots will do the actual work to make those designs and plans a reality. Robots will give humans more leisure time, hobby time, spending-with-family-and-friends time, and NOT-sitting-on-a-couch-all-day-staring-into-space time (unless you're retarded or really enjoy being a boring person). They ultimately free our time as well as significantly increase our standard of living.

Disadvantage of Robots
They will displace most workers from traditional jobs. It is happening now and will continue to happen as we continuously improve technology and automate things. Again robots are only seen as a disadvantage within the perspective of our current monetary system. Fundamentally, robots in the workplace are a disadvantage for regular, hard working, honest people but are a super advantage for the businesses and corporations who only care about the profits and the bottom line. Unlike humans, robots can work 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. They never complain, get sick, take lunch breaks or vacations, have pensions, 401ks, and other liabilities associated with human workers. In the long run robots/automation/technology with a monetary economic system are simply incompatible. Yes, a monetary system worked fine and dandy in the past because computers and technology were not as advanced as they are today. Times have changed my friends.
humans have two options:
1. We keep our old monetary system and halt the progression of technology from society so that we can keep our traditional jobs, OR
2. we allow technology, robots and automation to take their course, but this means that we will need to change our economic/social system to a more updated one. I think the latter is more sensible. An alternative system being proposed that would properly facilitate this progression of technology is called a "resource-based economy" by the Venus Project's Jacque Fresco. Now, I don't want to get into a debate between a resource-based economy vs. a free market enterprise system because it would be going too much off-topic.
But basically, a resource-based economy will allow technology, robotics, and automation to flourish, all for the purpose of enhancing the well-being of humans without the use of money. It is a 21st century, scientific, holistic approach that integrates all the factors/variables such as science, technology, energy, environment, resources, and social behaviors to solve our biggest problems today.
To further understand the resource-based economy, please watch this video:
and check out:

Misuse of robots and technology:
Today many of the robots and technology are used to create weapons and other military applications. No wonder so many people fear robots and technologies. It isn't technology and robots that should be feared. It's those naive people who run the military and related organizations to use technology for the purpose of control, killing, and destruction that humans should fear.
We no longer live in the medieval and colonial times. We are living in the 21st century, in the technical/digital/information age, within a socially interconnected global economy. There is no need for this competitive divide-and-conquer mentality anymore.

Will Robots enslave and kill humans?
Don't get me wrong; it could be a real possibility. At some point in the future, computers will become so powerful and so complex, they will ultimately reach the human level capacity to think. This can be a very dangerous situation because robots could start reasoning and making its own decisions. Though notice that I say "capacity". Computers might be extremely powerful and complex but they are only as smart and dangerous as what we program in their chip. If we don't want these machines to take over, we simply should not program them to think and reason. Also many people think that robots should have feelings and consciousness because this is what we've seen in Hollywood movies. Although it's possible, there would be no significant advantage for us to give robots consciousness, and in fact it's dangerous. Of course, we could give robots the "appearance" of being able to reason and exert emotions to a certain extent, but we should never give them true conscious ability to think for themselves. Giving robots the ability to consciously think for themselves simply deviates from the purpose of having robots. The main purpose of having robots is to be subservient to humans and do our work. Period. It is for humans to reason, to think critically, and to plan. Additionally, we are naturally supposed to genuinely interact, relate, share emotions with other humans, not robots. Giving robots real consciousness and emotions is just unnecessary, unnatural, could lead us to social/relationship problems, and possibly endanger human civilization.

As mentioned before, robots would not be designed to be smarter than what their assigned tasks requires them to do, no matter how powerful computers get. We would only make robots smart enough to handle the necessary algorithms and computations, but dumb enough to passively accept and do all the dirty work for us. Any smarter than that is unnecessary and could lead us into unintended consequences. Ultimately, more powerful computers would allow robots to do more work at a given time and in a much faster rate.

More applications of Robots:





Adam2 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3


To summarize, a robot is just a piece of technology or tool, that helps us solve a problem.
Ultimately robots are just an extension of the human beings.
-Robots can be automated to do almost any physical and computational task that humans can conceive of.
-Robots would give us more time to do the things we want, and not the things we hate doing.
-Robots and automation is what ultimately is going to set man free.
-Robots would not take over humans and make us their slaves, unless we give them true "consciousness".
-Giving robots real consciousness (if it's even possible) or artificial intelligence is unnecessary and potentially dangerous. Elon Musk, the CEO and founder of Tesla Motors and Space X, discussed in an interview how artificial intelligence is potentially dangerous, possibly even more dangerous than nuclear bombs. For now, he really doesn't see any benefit or potential use for it, and neither do I. I'm not saying artificial intelligence will never have any good use in society, but as of now, I see that its potential danger overshadows any potential benefits, whatever they may be.
But I'm sure in the future, people could discover ways to get around this issue.
Here's the video link to Elon Musk's interview about AI : .

I want to thank Adam2 for accepting the debate even though he forfeited both last two rounds.
I suggest next time for my opponent to think carefully before accepting a debate.



Adam2 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by geothermal 7 years ago
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Posted by Wylted 7 years ago
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