I saw this video and thought it was totally cool. I think the young track star had quite a revelation about Jesse Owens athletic ability too. I’d love to see more athletes try this. Imagine today’s golf stars playing with clubs and balls that Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead used to play with. Imagine football players playing with the equipment from the 1960s. Imagine Roger Federer playing with a wooden racket.
When we see technological advancements in sports, we marvel. The technology helps athletes become better. When we see technology in the workplace, we get fearful. All of a sudden the tech that propels athletes to further heights should be stopped because it’s going to take our jobs.
Some people feel like they have attained a certain educational level that will keep them “safe”. Safe is the wrong way to look at it. The opposite of safe is danger, and danger means fear. The truth is, robots are going to enable people to do more things and be better, just like technology helps athletes.
Having a robot represent me in certain situations while I am doing something else seems like a good idea.
Sure, there is some cause for pause. The American public educational system sucks. It’s being choked by an entrenched bureaucracy. Bringing innovation to it will be painful, because we are going to have to be bold enough to tear a lot of the existing institution down. If you think tearing down institutions is easy or that we can just “fix” it, you are woefully incorrect. Just look at the assault on Uber. That’s only taxis, imagine education.
The other thing to remember is that a lot of the robotic technology is going to wind up in toys, or in pornography. Those two sectors always seem to lead.