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  • Published on: 14th September 2019
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The computing innovation illustrated in my computational artifact is humanoid robots. These robots not only have artificial intelligence but additionally, have a physical body to personify the voice. These robots are intended to make our society ultimately more efficient, as these beings tend to be capable of accomplishing human tasks at a much faster rate and with fewer errors [1] and provide answers to unsolved questions, like cures to diseases [2]. My computational artifact expresses this innovation's intended function through the use of images and textual information detailing how they work and what they do for our society.

For my computation artifact, I decided to use Google slides, as I wanted to make my artifact look like a poster. I searched google images for photos of humanoid robots and then positioned them on my slides in a manner that would make sense. I created two slides; the first of which illustrates how these robots function and learn, the second which explains their uses and intended purposes. After adding textual information to explain, I took screenshots of my two completed slides and put them on a google doc so it would look like a continuous poster.

There is no denying that humanoid robots have numerous beneficial capabilities. Since humanoid robots have the ability to learn, they will be able to see patterns and connect ideas that humans have not yet been able to. For example, these robots could find the best combination of ingredients for food suited to your tastes, or the ideal components for cures to diseases [2]. Additionally, because these robots possess a physical body, they would be able to carry out human tasks, such as teaching, cooking, and caretaking in a more efficient manner, with minimal errors. However, like most technological innovations, benefits are often accompanied by various potentially negative effects. Considering the tasks they will be able to (and can already) accomplish, this will be a significant detriment to workers everywhere, as they will likely be replaced by this more efficient and successful supplement. Furthermore, as humanoid robots learn from their environment and interactions, all the biases fostered by our society will become engrained in the robot. There have already been instances of robots incorrectly accusing or labeling a person based on race or gender [3]. The humanoid robot industry is only just beginning to blossom, meaning the government and other agencies have yet to instill guidelines, let alone solid laws, regarding these beings [4], dealing with issues such as impersonation and accident liability [5]. As humans do not yet possess a full understanding of these robots, we do not know to what extent they are able to learn and develop.

Humanoid robots have a preprogrammed protocol which allows them to have a base set of guidelines for what their purpose is. Variously advanced robots have visual and audio sensors, allowing them to take in their surroundings, and human interactions, such as responses to questions, and societal behaviors and norms. Once they receive this data, the robot analyzes this data and uses this, with respect to its previous protocol, to determine its further actions. For example, if it had previous encounters with angry humans, it will know how to properly react from previous experience, and will likely alter its facial expressions and actions appropriately. From the process of trial and error, the robot, like children, eventually learns their mistakes and adapts [5]. Additionally, many robots are capable of using data from the web and therefore has access to further information they can use to complete tasks or solve other problems. Considering humanoid robots have not yet reached the public market, sufficient guidelines have not been emplaced, which makes these beings possibly a security threat. Since they have sensors, they are capable of analyzing and retrieving data from the user, but how is that data protected? As of now, there are minimal security measures in place, and there is little to nothing stopping the robot's creators from selling that data to companies for marketing products [6]. Furthermore, many large companies, such as Google, already have a baseline of information about you, and so these robots likely already contain personal information on people.

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