Social Impact of Robots From Term Paper

Download this Term Paper in word format (.doc)

Note: Sample below may appear distorted but all corresponding word document files contain proper formatting

Excerpt from Term Paper:

In fact, in Japan, robots are changing the way people live, work, play and even love, which has led Japan's government to establish a committee to establish safety guideline for the keeping of robots in homes and offices (Faiola; Yamamoto).

However, according to the Daily Yomiuri newspaper, Japan's NEDO institute, which coordinates national science and research development, found it far too difficult to set a single standard to cover the variety of robots, but the panel did ensure that the design of robots at the World Expo would not harm humans (Faiola; Yamamoto). As interaction between machines and humans in the household becomes more commonplace, safety has become the focus for domestic robot makers (Faiola; Yamamoto).

In January 2005, officials predicted that every household in Japan will own at least one robot by 2015, if not sooner (Faiola; Yamamoto). The year 2005 was dubbed the unofficial "year of the robot" by scientists and government authorities (Faiola; Yamamoto). At the Expo, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' yellow midget robot, Wkamaru, greeted visitors in four languages and guided them to their desired destination, while a trio of humanoid robots by Sony, Toyota and Honda, danced and played musical instruments at the opening ceremony (Faiola; Yamamoto). Parents at the Expo could even leave their children in the care of NEC's PaPeRo, a robotic babysitter that recognizes the individual faces of children and can notify parents by mobile phone in case of an emergency (Faiola; Yamamoto).

Other robots on display included a wheelchair robot that navigates traffic crossings and footpaths using a global positioning and integrated circuit chip system (Faiola; Yamamoto). Expo visitors were allowed to enter a robot room to see a more distant vision of the future (2020), in which merely speaking a word from the couch will open the refrigerator door, allowing a personal robot assistant to deliver a beverage of choice (Faiola; Yamamoto). Kazuya Abe, an official at NEDO, said,

We have reached the point in Japan of major breakthrough in the use of robot technology and our society is changing as a result. People are and will be living alongside robots...This is all about artificial intelligence, this is about the creation of something that is not human, but can be a complement or companion to humans in society. The future is happening here now"

Faiola; Yamamoto).

Although the United States is just as advanced as Japan regarding artificial intelligence, the focus of the U.S. has largely been on military applications, while the Japanese government, along with academic institutions and corporations are investing billions of dollars on consumer robots that are aimed at changing everyday life (Faiola; Yamamoto). However, Japan is driven by unique societal needs, a record low birthrate and its status as the nation with the longest life-span, leading the Japanese to worry about who will staff the factories and other employment areas (Faiola; Yamamoto). Alsok, Japan's second-largest security guard company, has developed a line of robo-cops that detect and thwart intruders using sensors and paint guns, and can put out fires and spot water leaks (Faiola; Yamamoto).

One reason why robots are more accepted in Japan than in Western countries, is religion, according to Norihiro Hagita, director of the ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories in Keihanna Science City near Kyoto. Says Hagita, "In Japanese religion, we believe that all things have gods within them. But in Western countries, most people believe in only one God. For us, however, a robot can have an energy all its own" (Faiola; Yamamoto).

It is rumored that a humanoid robot will carry the Olympic flame in the opening ceremonies in China (Hirohisa). Samsung Electric in South Korea is said to have initiated development of humanoid robots, and Germany has established a large-scale humanoid robotics project (Hirohisa). Researchers in France and the United States are also greatly interested in humanoid robots, and several universities are planning to purchase several models (Hirohisa).

Works Cited

Hirohisa, Hirukawa. "Walk this way: humanoid robots are here to stay." Look Japan.

August 01-2003. Retrieved September 21, 2006 from HighBeam Research Library.

ROBOT PALS: Once an SF Dream, Now a Reality." February 1-2001. Trends in Japan.

Retrieved September 21, 2006 at

Faiola, Anthony; Yamamoto, Akiko. "We, robot: the future is here." The Washington

Post. March 14-2005. Retrieved September…[continue]

Cite This Term Paper:

"Social Impact Of Robots From" (2006, September 22) Retrieved December 9, 2016, from

"Social Impact Of Robots From" 22 September 2006. Web.9 December. 2016. <>

"Social Impact Of Robots From", 22 September 2006, Accessed.9 December. 2016,

Other Documents Pertaining To This Topic

  • Social Impacts Brought by Technology

    At the same time, these people would need to have careers that they can go into after completing such training. (Marinellini, 2008) Threats The challenges of high unemployment facing the auto industry are having a ripple effect upon society. As far as threats are concerned, the changes that are occurring highlight how everyone must be prepared for sudden shifts in the marketplace. Where, many once thriving communities face the possibility of

  • Robot Dreams vs I Robot

    We are also often unaware of the manner in which social forces such as economics, politics, and research professionals shape our technological advances. This is also evidenced in our response to technology that malfunctions; we oftentimes do not seek to understand how to fix it and instead will call in a professional to do so (Bijker, & Law, 1992). This does not make us any more knowledgeable about our

  • Social Class and Work in

    In "producing something," workers elevate their status in life by justifying that their work is meaningful not only to them, but to society, for they contribute to the economic machinery of capitalism everyday. The following passages from various interviews in "Working" demonstrate the concepts of "producing something" and "making sense" as the avenues through which workers momentarily suspend or escape their marginalization in American society: The *****in' world's so *****ed up,

  • Technology in the Workplace Robots

    As a result, it can be said that the workplace of the modern world has changed beyond recognition with the revolution brought by the technological advancements. The technological transformation in the last two decades has been drastic and this trend will continue for the next many decades as robots are increasing replacing jobs that require the engagement of repetitive, customized actions. There are a number of jobs that are at

  • Companion Robots a Current Application

    Before this research was conducted, it could have been possible that none of the identified factors would actually affect peoples' perceptions, or that people would have drastically different experiences based on distance, specific companion robot functions, and the type of behavior exhibited by the companion robots. It was only through experimentation, the next step in the scientific method, that answers to these questions were achieved. All experiments must control certain

  • Comparing Tyack and Cuban With Dewey on Social Change

    Tyack and Cuban with Dewey on Social Change David Tyack and Larry Cuban do share similar views to John Dewey about the nature of the traditional education system in the United States as well as its origins. Public education as it exists today is a product of the 19th Century industrialization and urbanization process, which created schools that resembled factories, timetables and schedules, and teachers who acted like bosses on

  • Max Weber s Sociological Theory Discuss Impact Mcdonaldization

    Max Weber's sociological theory, discuss impact Mcdonaldization society relates today's culture. Do agree disagree sociologist George Ritzer McDonaldization seen from a sociological point-of-view Max Weber's sociological theory provides people with the opportunity to have a better understanding of how the process of McDonaldization affected cultural values today. Weber emphasized that society was the product of people getting actively involved in building a set of rules and a community that promotes certain

Read Full Term Paper
Copyright 2016 . All Rights Reserved