Robots To The Rescue

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What If We Plan Our Future?
 Chapter 1

             Robots To The Rescue

Major Prediction No. 1: Robots will be used this century to a far greater degree than currently imagined. Robot farmers will operate both on land and under the sea, robot bugs will assassinate all crop-eating insects, and robot water filters will locate, purify and transport clean water. These machines and other robots will shake the very foundation of our society – and save billions of lives over the next several centuries.


Robots are essentially computers with legs. And by 2049, robots will cook all our meals, clean our homes, teach us, drive us to wherever we want to go, and perform delicate surgery on us. Simply, within a half century, robots will touch nearly every facet of our lives. Now for the details:



Prediction No. 1: Robots will single handedly solve the world’s food crisis. One of the great challenges of the next millennium will be to feed this world's ever-growing population.


Unfortunately, tens of thousands of people starve to death or die of complications of malnutrition EVERY DAY. Sadly, many of these victims are children. Consequently, a no-holds-barred attitude is needed if we want to avoid mass starvation on a scale that will make The Black Plague look inconsequential. Hence, it's Robot Farmers to the rescue.

Its 3:30 in the morning and this little guy is harvesting wheat on a remote hillside while its owner is asleep in bed. Robot farming will be an essential tool in feeding a starving world.

By 2035, robots of various sizes and shapes will cultivate nearly every square inch of arable land from hillsides to roadsides to rooftops. These tireless machines will work 24 hours a day to plow, plant and cover as they plod along. Sensors will inform the robots where best to plant seeds and when to harvest. Consequently, if we push for the development of these machines today, they'll arrive sooner and many lives will be saved. 



Robots will also farm the ocean floors within the next 25 years, thus giving a starving world a much needed additional source of food. Such machines can work without coffee breaks to plant and harvest seaweed. And please keep in mind that some species of seaweed grow 18 inches a day.


Much of the ocean floor is too deep for farming seaweed but oceans cover nearly 75 percent of the Earth’s surface. That still leaves a lot of untapped land out there. So if we can cultivate huge sections of the ocean floor, we’ve quickly added a huge amount of farmland.

Underwater Robot Farmers can also swim. Robots will cultivate much of the ocean floor by the year 2035, thus providing enough food to feed billions and mitigate the most harmful side effect of overpopulation: starvation. 



Prediction No. 2: Crops will be protected from insect infestation by 2040 thanks to miniature killer robots.

Sadly for this impoverished world, crop-eating insects are developing stronger resistance to pesticides. So a new strategy is needed. Within the next 30 years, robot builders will develop the ultimate Robot Bug. These flying, solar-powered "insects" will use their sensors to hunt down and kill destructive insects - either by mashing the offending insect with its mechanical teeth or zapping them with a miniature laser blast. Star Wars transforms into Bug Wars.

Millions of tiny Robot Bugs will hunt down and kill all bad bugs by the year 2040 thus allowing fields of corn to grow uneaten by anything other than people. The end of crop destruction by insects will save multi-millions of lives by the mid-21st Century.

Unlike other methods used today, these tiny robots will not leave toxins, nor attack the wrong bugs, nor attack people. And you can also say good-bye to the Africanized Bee as aerial combat between Robot Bugs and Killer Bees will result in a 1-0 decision for modern technology.

                                                                                                                             “This is KB-27! I’m hit!”

Killer bees will join the endangered species list as robot bugs kick their killer bee butts in aerial combat. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani.



Prediction No. 3: All clean water shortages will be solved by 2045.

We all need to eat but it's the lack of clean water that will threaten the most lives this century. Fortunately, this misery will be mitigated by 2035 with the perfection of the handy dandy Robotic Water Filter. These robots will have the sole purpose of "sniffing" out water, purifying it and then transporting it back to "home". These machines will save many lives in the 21st Century.

These autonomous water filers on wheels or tank treads will suck up water from mud puddles, polluted rivers, salt water oceans and then purify it. Then these solar-powered robots will store the water in their interior and transport it back to the local city or village. Millions of these robots will be donated to villages, towns and cities in Africa, Latin America and Asia and operate on an independent basis to provide water to the poorest of the poor.

Robotic Water Filters along with desalination plants will be credited with saving more than a billion lives this century. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani.


Major Prediction No. 2: By 2049, humans will make love more often to robots than to other humans.

The Lovebot Revolution is nearly upon us. Decade by decade, robots will become more human-like. The day will eventually come when it will be difficult to tell a robot from a human. Within 40 years, intimacy between humans and robots will skyrocket. A sad commentary but robots don’t complain and they’re not very demanding or picky. Thus, even the ugliest of the uglies will get “lucky.”  Details about this revolution are given in Chapter 4 “Sex in the 21st Century – Yes It Will Be Better.”

Lovebots, human-like robots, will provide sex and satisfaction to millions of lonely men and women later this century. While this robot looks robotic, robots of 2049 will be nearly impossible to tell from the real thing. However, the social repercussions of the Second Sexual Revolution could be devastating. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani.

                                SAY GOODBYE TO LANDMINES

Prediction No. 4: By 2035, armies of tiny robots will sacrifice themselves as they march through mine fields.  Of course, many innocents will be saved.

The late Princess Diana made the elimination of the more than 100 million landmines planted throughout the world as one of her top priorities. Often these landmines are forgotten in previous war zones only to be discovered by a wandering child. But this sad tragedy will see an end in a few decades.

Within 15 years, millions of miniature robots about the size of Coke cans will crawl along and use advanced metal detecting features to "sniff out" landmines and then sacrifice themselves. Additional sensors will ensure that no people are near when the landmine is detonated. Mass production of these little guys will save many lives.

There are over 100 million landmines planted throughout the world. So we’ll undoubtedly need hundreds of millions of tiny robots to march through mine fields to sacrifice themselves so an innocent child doesn't die or lose a limb.



Prediction No. 5: Robot technicians will perfect robotics to the point that they will reap our resources in environmentally sound ways by 2030.

In an overpopulated world, it will become very necessary for us to intelligently use our resources. If robots can burrow underground and "sniff out" non-renewable resources such as coal, copper and gold without destroying our environment, we will be better off economically. These gopher-like machines can be economic life-savers and create a new industry in a country with high unemployment and a huge deficit. Let's go for the gold!

"Gopher robots" will go for the natural resources underground and safely return them to the surface. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani.


Prediction No. 6: Mega-robots will perform helpful
duties by the mid-Century including construction work, tree harvesting and military defense.

Imagine what a 10-story-high robot can accomplish? If you can hold that thought until 2051, you’ll find out. Mega-robotics, currently on the drawing board, will produce machines more than 100-feet tall. These gigantic robots of various sizes will utilize their arms like cranes to add floors to tall buildings, dig huge trenches and repair bridge towers.

Much like transformers, these robots will fold down to a more convenient size for storage or transportation.

Mega-robots will make construction work faster and safer by 2051. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani.

There will be military applications for these robots as well. When war is necessary, these metal monsters can limit loss of life if strategically used.

The argument can be made that the atomic bomb saved lives because major military powers were no longer willing to use war against each other. Simply: World War III never happened because of the fear of nuclear weapons. Imagine, then, what an army of whale-size robot soldiers can do against a belligerent Third World dictator? Just the threat of machines that can take out tanks, planes and communication centers may lead the future Saddams to rethink aggressive actions.

New strategies in war planning will include robotic tanks the size of a blue whale. In essence, these devices will be operated by technicians nowhere near the actual battle. This strategy will save many American lives and severely inhibit dictators from going too far. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani.



Prediction No. 7: Robots can destroy plants as well as harvest them. Robotics will play a key role in the war on drugs by 2035.

One of this nation’s great tragedies is the number of lives lost and ruined due to drug abuse. Drug treatment programs are the best answer but the cheap availability of drugs plays a role in keeping so many of the younger generation high.

Hence, Robots of the 2035s and beyond will be parachuted onto cocaine and opium fields throughout the world. When drug lords in Colombia, Peru or Afghanistan grow drugs without concern for our children’s health, that’s an act of war against us. Fortunately, we will act.

Robots with the talent of munching on plant life will be parachuted into cocaine fields by pilotless planes in the 2025s and beyond. Tons of drugs will be destroyed at the source making drug lords very unhappy. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani.



Prediction No. 8: Law enforcement and firefighters will utilize robots in ways that will save many lives. 

By 2035, robot duties will include: bomb disposal (primitive models exist today), guarding dangerous prisoners, working in hostage situations and performing SWAT tactics. Imagine Robocop becoming a reality. Such a robot can survive a barrage of bullets from an army of bank robbers. 

Later this century, robot firefighters will be used to enter burning buildings to search for survivors and conceal the victim within the fireproof walls of the robot's body. And you can count on Robodog to protect home, property and people by 2030.

Robocop will transcend the movies and become reality by 2035 to do the most risky jobs and save many lives. Robodog will also be available to protect life and property. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani.


Prediction No. 9: Robots will mine the Moon by 2060 and Mars by 2085.

Star Trek is a long, long way off. A light year is something not to be trivialized as light travels at 186,000 miles per second. That’s miles per second! Consequently, the best we can hope for this century is human landings on Mars. But robots don't mind being cramped in a small space for weeks to months at a time. So robot mining colonies will thrive in the second half of this century on nearby celestial bodies such as the Moon, Venus, Mars and Jupiter. Space ships operated by robots will haul the minerals back to Earth. By the way, I’m going to use my Jupiter rock as a paperweight.

Fly me to the Moon. Robot mining colonies on the Moon, Mars and other nearby celestial bodies will be profitable in the second half of this century. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani.


Prediction No. 10: By 2035, many homes will have
robots that cook, clean, pick weeds and help out with your kid’s homework.


Today we have vacuum cleaners that turn themselves on once a week and traverse the living room rug.  But the bathroom tiles and bedroom drapes also need cleaning and they’ll be cleaned by energetic robots within the next 15 years. And what’s really cool is these robots can be programmed to sing or tell jokes as they work. 

Kid: "Cyborg! I’m trying to do my homework!" Robots will sing as they do housework in 2035 and beyond. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani.

Home-bound robots programmed to give deep tissue massages will be extremely popular by 2030. Human masseuses tire out, can't use sensors to determine where massage is needed the most and don't usually live in your closet. So if you desire 3 massages a day, it will happen.

Tireless robots will provide deep tissue massages by 2030. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani.


Prediction No. 11: Robots will play a key role in
providing health services later this century.

Health care will remain a top concern among Americans well into the 21st Century as our medium age continues to rise. Simply: robots will replace many of the duties currently performed by doctors and other health care workers by 2040.

Misdiagnoses can lead to delayed treatment or death. But, by 2040, robots using advanced "scanner" techniques will be able to determine if a patient has cancer including the precise number and exact location of the cancerous cells. Ultra-detailed pictures of broken bones will be provided by modern medicine and robots will then set the fracture in superior fashion. Human doctors will still be necessary and desired in many cases, but even open-heart surgery using microsurgery techniques will be performed solely by robots after 2045.

With all this change in the 21st Century, it’s certain that some of us will undergo some stress. Psychology Robots, many with human attachments, will play a game of "20 Questions" to discover what's really bothering you. The advantage that these robots have over humans holding psychology degrees is their massive databases will hold ALL recorded knowledge in the field of psychology. These robots will also utilize advanced lie detector technology to determine if the patient is being truthful or holding something back. Carefully probing questions (where only the truth is the accepted answer) will eventually discover the root cause of most patients' subconscious ailments. The Psychology Robot will then prescribe the appropriate medication or plan of action to counsel the patient.

Psychology Robot: "So you have a problem dealing with anger?" Patient: "No! You piece of junk!" Buzzzzz. Robot: "Sorry, wrong answer." Psychology Robots will be able to delve deeply into the human psyche within the next 30 years. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani.


Prediction No. 12: Microscopic robots will perform miracles in the human body by 2049.

Scientists are already working on creating miniature robots so small they can transverse your blood vessels and eat up bad cholesterol and repair damaged internal organs. Imagine a fleet of ultra-tiny robots working diligently to repair a damaged heart value without the surgeon opening the patient's chest. And these extremely tiny machines will attack and kill all cancer cells and viruses. Expect sophisticated mini-robots by 2049.

And by 2060, nanotechnology-based robotics will develop tiny robots (nanobots) that will live in your mouth (you won't feel them) to eat up bacteria and clean your teeth -- so you'll never have tooth decay or bad breath again.

“Drat! I dropped my nano-screwdriver and I can’t even find the broken nanobot!” Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani.

Miniature is good. Nanotechnology will do amazing things later this century including traversing blood vessels and entering and repairing injured organs such as hearts and kidneys.



Prediction No. 13: Computers are in their infant stage. In fact, computers in the near future will be a billion times more powerful than today’s models. I’m not talking speed, I’m talking capability. Imagine the possibilities.

Aside from solving problems faster and better, the next step for computers is to have access to ALL recorded information. But that's not where it's all going to end. Coupled with "artificial intelligence", computers of the early and mid-21st Century will perform magnificent calculations. For example, computers of that era will have a complete understanding of the human body to the degree that these machines will be able to analyze a drug in less than a micro-second and determine if it will solve an ailment.

If AIDS first appeared in the 2030s instead of the early 1980s, Mega-Computers of that era would have doused the threat very quickly.

Eventually computers will become so sophisticated that they will be able to pinpoint and analyze each of a patient's 10 trillion cells to determine precisely what their ailment is and then prescribe the appropriate cure.

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Analysis: On January 1, 1900, TV did not exist. On January 1, 2000, there were so many channels we couldn’t make up our minds what to watch. If change in this modern world continues to take place exponentially, won’t change from January 1, 2000 to January 1, 2100 be monumental? Yup, it will.

Take robotics for example: Robot Farmers can end world hunger. Robots will also kill all bad bugs in the field and in our bodies. And don’t forget the Moon rocks, Mars boulders and Jupiter gravel that robot miners will ship by robot-operated space craft back to Earth. Many of us, later this century, may interact more often with robots than with humans: our teachers may be robots, robots will work the counter at McDonalds, and our favorite singer could be a robot.

The economics of robotics is also an important consideration. We need jobs and if we have people designing, building and maintaining multi-millions of robots, then we’ve found another niche in our economy that will help this country become strong again.

However, if we make these advancements in robotics without considering the effects on society, we could be making a very big mistake. Lovebots alone could shake the very foundations of our moral fabric.  But progress can’t be stopped. We can’t uninvent the airplane or the computer. Thus, robotics is coming and we can’t stop it. We need to accept that change is coming and be prepared to deal with it.