Technology is a wonderful and frightening thing. As beautiful as the solutions and salvation it brings, as dangerous can it be when the borders between humans and robotics fade. Will we someday treat robots as equals? Or will we have to fight for our rights in a world where robots rule?
Of course the latter seems a bit farfetched and is unlikely to happen. Robots will always be a human creation. That doesn’t exclude the fact that robots will be able to make other robots. With less human interference.
Eve no Jikan shows us a futuristic reality where robots are almost indistinguishable from humans. The only thing that separates them from humans, is the halo that floats above the robot’s head. But once the halo disappears, the robot looks exactly like a human. Blending in perfectly with the crowds, interacting like any other.
Being indistinguishable from humans, brings room for debate. One could argue that technosexuality is unavoidable within this situation. Humans could choose a humanoid partner instead of a human partner. Stopping propagation in the human cycle. Overdeveloping robots could mean cracks within a fragile moral society. The results for lawmaking in who may marry who, will be questioned. And when a robot reaches humanoid realms and thinks and feels like a human, should it have right to social benefits? Or perhaps get ‘healthcare’ to fix itself. On the other hand, how will we address robots when they are near or as equal as humans. Calling it an ‘it’ would be an insult.
Many different questions arise in the determination if robots will be equal to humans. What is certain, is that technology won’t come to a grinding halt. It will continue to develop and grow into devices that can match or surpass humans.
The development of more human-like robots also has its benefits. With the ageing population on the rise, robots can fulfill social needs. They will be able to interact and provide care for those who need it. It can prevent a shortage on the labor market within certain fields.
With the rapid development of robots, it is wise to think ahead about what this holds for our future. It all seems great and will bring great advancement for the human race. But we tend to overlook the fact that some jobs can only be done by humans, or should be done by humans. When robots replace everything we do, the argument about what the purpose will be in life, will enter the spotlight more than ever before.